Vampires loose in London. Chilling! (Brrrr)
Sequel to Dark Dance, 2nd in the Blood Opera series.
I enjoyed this book much more than the first of the series, Dark Dance. I am still not quite sure how they qualify as vampires, but the story is interesting so I will complete the trilogy.
But one of their own is igniting a blaze of chaos through the streets of London.
From The Critics
As World Fantasy Award-winning author Lee ( Dark Dance ) imagines Scarabae, they are men and women of elegance and dark mystery, seductive creatures of few words and many secrets. Among them and yet set apart are Rachaela and her daughter Ruth, each unsure of her place in this lost tribe. Ruth's inner torment has exploded in violence against strangers and, shockingly, against her own kind. Their story, set in modern London, unfolds slowly, with grace and freshness, as Lee avoids cliches and weaves her own vision of the life and, perhaps most intriguing, the morality of the Scarabae. Fabulous scenes of death and destruction mingle with moments of astonishing sensuality. Images leap off the page by virtue of the author's evocative descriptions, though in spots she seems to take a false step, with writing that fails to evoke the desired image (``wolf brown day''). One is left wanting to know much more about this strange, complicated and compelling clan. But this is only the second book in Lee's Blood Opera Sequence, and she presumably will build from here.
Lee has a 'touch of strange' in this somehow lyric version of vampires in England. A really different style from most paranormal writers.
THE SECOND NOVEL OF THE SCARABAE---Emerging from the burned remains of their old home, the ancient, elegant Scarabae ready themselves for a new life of seduction and feasting, until little Ruth ignites a blaze of chaos through the streets of London that threatens them all.
This is the follow up to Blood Opera Sequence, Book 1. I would suggest highly that you read Book 1 before reading this one, as this picks up where the other left off. This way you will know what is going on (and what has gone on before) as the story progresses. Briefly, it is the story of a very powerful, mysterious family. The family includes Rachaela and her daughter Ruth. It is a story of incest, secrets, vampires(?) and very longgggggggggggggg lives! I have Book 1 on my bookshelf in case you haven't read that one yet!