Review: Mark Of The Vampire Queen

Mark Of The Vampire Queen
by Joey W. Hill

Full servant. With his new title, Jacob must attend to Lady Lyssa’s every need, venturing into a world of passion darker than he’s ever known. As a vampire hunter he wasn’t prepared to embrace a world where humans are sexual commodities, but he has adapted. Now he finds the integrity of his soul challenged as he serves his Mistress’s needs as fully as he services her desires.

He loves her, though other servants warn against giving her his soul. Everyone knows that Vampires have no regard for humans, so why would a Vampiress bother treating a mere sex toy with respect? But Jacob knows a human servant if far more than that. His Mistress needs a warrior, a friend and a lover. A man who will serve her in all ways, even if he has to betray the priceless treasure of her love.

I was so very excited to get this book for review. Having read the first book in this duology, I was so looking forward to the next installment of Jacob and Lyssa’s story. I wasn’t disappointed in this sequel and ending to their love story, although… when is it ever an ending, it’s usually just the beginning.

Joey W. Hill is an unparalleled writer who pulls you into a very dark and sensual world full of danger and political intrigue. Her characters are always in-depth and intricate with a hint of vulnerability in some of them and a bit more in others. Either way, you find yourself rooting for them and hanging onto the edge of your seat as they work their way through. The world building Joey is capable of is simply mesmerizing, and even though her stories are pleasingly lengthy, I never want to come to that last page!

Jacob has finally gotten his Mistress to agree to giving him the third and final mark, despite her numerous and valid (in her mind) objections. He knows where he is supposed to be… right by his Lady’s side! Nothing she can say or do will turn him from that path, especially since he knows they have a soul-deep connection. Jacob is fiercely loyal and sexy as all get out. His dry and unexpected wit in seemingly serious moments, sometimes completely as an aside or a mental comment, caught me off guard and surprised a laugh from me on more than one occasion. He makes you wish for your own Human Servant!

Lady Lyssa didn’t want to bind Jacob to her completely with the final mark. She knows she is dying (no, I promise I’m not giving anything away) and doesn’t want to take Jacob’s life with her own. That is the depth of the connection between Vampire and a fully-marked Human Servant. She is an incredibly noble and feisty character who isn’t always likable due to the darkness of her nature. She is a complex, intricately “drawn” character who is struggling between desires and worlds; those of her vampire world and Jacob’s human one. As she discovers how much she truly does love Jacob, it becomes increasingly harder for her to push him away and keep him at arms length.

Now, a word of warning! Neither this author, nor this story, is for the faint of heart. While always gripping, the subject matter is not always “easy”, and is quite often rather dark, especially when we start getting into the Vampire politics and “customs”. As the conclusion seemed to draw forth, you may find you want to put the book down… DON’T! Believe me; the ending is well worth it!

In conclusion, I have to recommend this for a Best Book, as I will be rereading this one over and over along with the first installment of this story. Joey W. Hill writes relationships that are so complex, they suck you in and keep you trying to figure how they will turn out. She brings such moments of intensity that your heart is pounding and it’s hard to catch your breath; then tempers those feelings by interspersing such tender, emotional scenes throughout that your heart lifts and you feel the need to sigh. Joey W. Hill is a truly gifted author, and I eagerly anticipate her upcoming stories.

Reviewed by Viscaria

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