From the back cover: The ancient names of the Austra family- the old ones, mountain lords, vampyr- are still whispered in the rural areas of Romania, though none of the Austras has lived in that rugged land for centuries.
Richard Austra, one of the first children born to the familiy in decades, neither knows nor wishes to know much about his family's unnatural ancestry. Although he is in fact a vampyr, he wishes to live as normal life as possible in the civilized human world. Irena Sava, born in Romania, was brought to America as a child of refugees. She is a gifted operatic soprano, and she intends to use her talent to rise beyond her poor beginnings. When she meets Richard, their love affair-fueled by music, blood, and passion-seems almost fated.
But then a darker fate intervenes, and the lovers find that they must face a deadly enemy, in a dangerous land that they had both thought they had left behind."
My thoughts: Bergstrom's Austra family are the sexiest, smartest and most enthralling vampires I've ever come across.
This book was fantastic. It felt a little slow at the start, but was needed to bring the reader into the style of the writer, and the background of the characters. If you like Anne Rice you will like this one.