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Monday, April 27, 2009

Reviewette: Bite Anthology --- Galahad --- by Angela Knight

Publisher: Jove Publishing / Penguin Group Publishing
Pages: 135 - 218

Cover the Cover: Step closer to the hot blood edge of passion as a mythology of the night is unveiled.

How would you liked to be ripped from everything that you knew and transported to a different place and then the loser who tricked and turned you, up and leaves? That what happened to Carolyn Lang and the story only gets better.

Carolyn Lang finds herself in the land of Avalon, a newly made Magae, a witch. Dominic her loser boyfriend and who she was sooo over, found her professing love, only to turn her into a witch with endless visions and a Magae. He then dumped her in Avalon without so much as a See You Later and took off for green pastures. Now she having visions of a swordsman and she could kill Dominic for leaving without any instructions.

Galahad is a vampire and errant knight for King Arthur and one time lover of Morgana. He has nothing better to do, having just completing his mission, but to sit and wait for the next one to occur. That's where Carolyn finds him, sitting in a vampire bar, waiting. And that new mission would be Carolyn.

Carolyn tells him of her vision, causing him to spring into action, contacting Morgana. Merlin's Grail has been stolen and is being used to manufacturing Geriolf's (a demon like creature) dark vamps, there are battles raging all over Avalon. Galahad sees that Carolyn is flushed and has seen the symptoms before; inquiries when was the last time she 'milked' or fed on by a vampire. She has never fed a vampire. Magae are meant to feed Magi, vampires. Dominic should have made sure she knew all about Magae and Magi before he left to seek another. It's the only way that each can exist for the other. If the Magae refused to feed the Magi, the Magae will die. Merlin's magic, which keeps Avalon alive, demands it.

Carolyn and Galahad thrown together in the battles, fighting side by side. Unknowingly, she has chosen Galahad's armor as her own for battle and he finds this incredibly cute. After the battle, he takes her to his castle to rest and recuperate, the dragon Soren takes human form to impart a spell that will finish the battles, but it can only be imparted with a kiss. Galahad never thought he would hate Soren, but Soren had never kissed Carolyn before. As Soren leaves, he tells Galahad that Carolyn will be his mind-fusion mate, to be a Truebond.

To be a Truebond mate means that Carolyn will be able to use magic though him. After spending a few nights together, Galahad and Carolyn are called back into serve. As they re-enter the battle, they are trapped and to be sacrificed. The only way out is to Truebond, becoming one, and stopping the evil priestess before she can sacrifice them. It takes all of their energies but the deed is done, and Carolyn and Galahad are bonded for life, and also destroy the evil priestess.

This was an action packed short that felt more like a book! It was a page turner that introduces the reader to an alternate Avalon. One that never died, but continues to exist on another plane. The knights aren't so gallant and all are vampires. Galahad is a sexy vampire who finds the lovely Carolyn and makes her his mate. Fun, short read! Visit Angela Knight's site to find out more about her great books.

16 comments:

Barbara said...

Great review, Dottie :) I haven't read any of Ms. Knight's stories. Okay, I'll admit, I've been stuck reading historicals since...forever! Alright, maybe not stuck, I love them, lol, but I need to try new stuff.

Oh, I will be reading Michael J Fox's biography this week! That's a start!

And only a few more weeks till True Blood comes back!! YAY!! My hubby and I love it!

Wendy said...

Wonderful review Dottie! :) I read this book ages ago, and your review brings back thoughts on it. I love paranormal anthologies!!

Wendy said...

Wonderful review Dottie! :) I read this book ages ago, and your review brings back thoughts on it. I love paranormal anthologies!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Barbara!

This was a new author to me. But I have to say, it was definitely a new take on King Arthur and Avalon. Can you image vampire knights...I loved it! As a big fan of King Arthur and all his lovely knights, it sure was different. Galahad was kind of sexist, but sexy at the same type. I guess all knights would be kind of sexist though huh (due to the time period where woman were damsels)?

It was a fun read. I might try another.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Oh Barbara

Let me know how you like Michael J. Fox's bio...it would be something I'd like I think.

And I can't wait for Tru Blood to return. I keep peeking at HBO to see if they're going to rerun the series, but so far, no luck. I'm lovin' some Southern Vampire!

Dottie :-)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Wendy!

Thanks for following!! I love you little Eeyore avatar! Winnie the Pooh was always one of my favorites (if the truth is known, I enjoyed re-reading it to my kids more than they liked hearing it lolol..).

I have enjoyed each of Bite's short stories. I originally picked up because I wanted to read the LKH short, but I have to say I've enjoyed the other authors as much or more. Angela Knight was a new read for me, so I wasn't sure but I loved her take on Avalon.

Dottie :)

Barbara said...

Hey, Dottie. Sure thing. If you are interested when I'm done I'll send it to you :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Thanks Barbara!

Can't wait to hear your thoughts... send me an email when you're finished. It just seems like really interesting reading.

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

Now this story I want to read :)
Those two before was ok but this one sure caught my attention.

Wonderful review

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

This story was so much fun. I couldn't believe it when I started reading the story and realized that they were actually talking about Avalon! I had to go back and check and make sure I read it correctly! Vampire knights -- I like one of those please -- how cool. The story was more than a little racy though...lolol... I hope you get a chance to read it.

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

I read Avalon, and knew I was hooked ;) And a vampire knight, could it get any better lol.
Just my kind of strange mix

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

Apparently mine too! And no, I don't think it could get much better than a vampire knight...lolol. And they're all magical. I really enjoyed the story. I haven't read anything else by this author, but her site had some interesting pics and the books. When I get through some of these books, I will probably give her other books a serious look.

Dottie :)

J. Kaye said...

Wanted to stop in and welcome you to the YA Reading Challenge. Also, the links to post your reviews are up in the right sidebar at J. Kaye’s Book Blog. The book review is totally optional.

Have Fun!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi J. Kaye!

Thanks! This is my first reading challenge I've participated in, but it looked like fun and I love YA.

Thanks for offering the challenge!

Dottie :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Isn't this a good story? I just love this particular series!

Here's my reviews on all the ones from the series so far.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi LadyTink!

It is a really good book, I was kind of worried after reading LKH's short that I felt was too short. I liked it, but I wanted more, as always!

Angela Knight was a new author for me, but I believe I'll be trying more of her books. I loved the whole Avalon theme.

I'll checks your reviews, thanks for linking them!

Dottie :)

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