Georgia L. Jones’ take on vampire lore is both refreshing and intriguing
“Legends of Darkness” is the first novel in Jones’ Remnants of Life Series, yet she already writes like a seasoned author in this darkly delicious urban fantasy/horror read.
What’s truly wonderful about this character-driven, in many ways, book is that the main characters, Samoda and Drake, though definitely “dark,” as vampire-like beings, aren’t evil.
In addition, Jones’ take on vampire lore is both refreshing and intriguing. For instance, Vlad Tepes/Vlad Dracula was only human, but he was in love with an exquisitely beautiful supernatural female named Tarvoti, who thought him beneath her as merely a mortal. So, Vlad sought to destroy her supernatural kind as evil bloodthirsty creatures of the night.
In Jones’ mythology, these vampire-like warriors aren’t the vile creatures her Vlad Tepes made them out to be. Interesting twist, and it makes sense that in the “About the Author” section of the book it’s revealed that while studying at Missouri State University, Jones “…found an untamable thirst for philosophy and mythology.”
This “thirst” and passion shines through in her own novel as well, making it an alluring read, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next books in her series. Bottom line: It’s a good summer read, so pick up a copy, and by about page 50, you’ll be mesmerized by both the characters and the storyline!