Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Watchtower-Lee Carroll

The Watchtower
Lee Carroll
Tor, Aug 2 2011, $15.99
ISBN 9780765325983

Jewelry designer Garet James opened Pandora’s Box when she fell for a ruse and unfastened an enigmatic silver box. Her unlocking led to the release of evil on the world. Still with her lover four centuries old vampire Will Hughes, she defeated malevolence in New York (see Black Swan Rising).

However, Will vanished afterward absconding with the box. . Garet feels good her lover took the enigmatic artifact as she just wants to return to design. However, instead she follows Will who wants to rid himself of his violent Undead nature in order to grow old with his beloved Garet. On her quest to reach the magical Summer County where she assumes Will went to, Garet meets the unexplained in Paris and Luxembourg.

The second James-Hughes romantic urban fantasy is an engaging tale that rotates past and present as Will stars with his background of how he became a vampire and with his present quest to return to a human due to his eternal love for Garet. The overuse of mountainous misunderstandings between the lovers lead to changing basic values of each as their paranormal peril seem over the top of the Eifel Tower and Buurgplaatz Reservoir; still fans will enjoy watching the pair seek Summer County.

Harriet Klausner

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