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by Maggie Shayne




Undeniable and insatiable, Sarafina, a beautiful vampire who has tormented humanity for years, finds herself powerfully drawn to mortal Willem Stone, whose defiance rivals her own, when they join forces to save a young girl, who is the last hope of The Chosen, from a diabolical vampire hunter. Original.
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ISBN: 1551666685
ISBN13: 978-1551666686
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Maggie Shayne
Language: English
Publisher: Mira (March 1, 2003)
ePUB size: 1507 kb
FB2 size: 1148 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 970
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Deorro
This is the 8th book in the Wings of Night series. The characters are well rounded and the leads are likeable. The romance and suspense is superb! The characters show up in other books in this series, which makes the books more interesting.
Jeronashe
love this series
Huston
This is another book in her series about vampires that is fantastic. She writes as if they were real characters.
Jaberini
I love Maggie Shayne's books
Ricep
Embrace The Twilight is the first book that I have read by Maggie Shayne and although a reasonable read it didn't quite hit the spot for me.

The story started a little slowly with Sarafina, a Gypsy woman, struggling to deal with problems within her group. Her sister Katarina dislikes her and although Andre, her boyfriend, takes care of her she knows that others in her group think there's something odd about her (apart from her being a seer, that is). Sarafina knows that there is a helpful Spirit sometimes with her who talks to her and keeps her company occasionally - and she loves this friendly Spirit. Unfortunately there's also a demon out there who is draining blood from people and Sarafina is concerned as she can hear this demon's voice in her head sometimes, as well as the friendly Spirit's.

Willem Stone is an American soldier who has been taken hostage and is being tortured. When the pain gets too bad he passes out and finds himself dreaming about a gypsy girl Sarafina, watching as she tries to build bridges with her sister, but he knows that Andre and Katarina are actually plotting against Sarafina. And then one night he watches as Sarafina is turned into a vampire... his vision ends and he eventually escapes from his captors and returns to America a hero as he hadn't given away anything under torture.

But Willem can't quite settle back into his normal life - partly because his foot is seriously injured but mostly because he wants to know what happened to Sarafina in his dreams and isn't able to get back to them. And then he manages, with a lot of pain, to revisit her and finds that a great deal of time has past and she is now a vampire. When Willem bumps into a vampire in a hospital one evening he starts to wonder if his dreams might have some basis in reality.

All this that I have given as an introduction takes place in the first half of the book and from that point onward the story rather changes. We are introduced to new characters that Willem is hired to protect, he runs into Sarafina who's somewhat different from the young gypsy girl he knew and some vampire hunters manage to kidnap a very important girl. Can she be rescued, and why has she been kidnapped? Perhaps Willem can help with some of these problems.

The romance between Willem and Sarafina isn't actually all that significant a part of the story - in fact, I didn't find it romantic at all. Rather the opposite. There was much more interest in the relationship between some of the vampires in this story - a family relationship rather than a romantic one. The world that Maggie Shayne has built (where vampires can communicate by telepathy and can addict humans to their blood) is nothing new and I felt that the story never really got going. The preamble of Sarafina's life as a gypsy was too long and the rest of the story felt rushed. The ending also left rather a lot of open threads (although I can guess a couple) but I didn't find the book enough of a draw to find the next one and see how it continued. It's not a badly written story (the information about Willem's time as a prisoner and how he deals with that, and the subsequent fame, was very good) but for a romantic book this one fell rather short of the mark for me.
Gerceytone
Embrace The Twilight is the first book that I have read by Maggie Shayne and although a reasonable read it didn't quite hit the spot for me.

The story started a little slowly with Sarafina, a Gypsy woman, struggling to deal with problems within her group. Her sister Katarina dislikes her and although Andre, her boyfriend, takes care of her she knows that others in her group think there's something odd about her (apart from her being a seer, that is). Sarafina knows that there is a helpful Spirit sometimes with her who talks to her and keeps her company occasionally - and she loves this friendly Spirit. Unfortunately there's also a demon out there who is draining blood from people and Sarafina is concerned as she can hear this demon's voice in her head sometimes, as well as the friendly Spirit's.

Willem Stone is an American soldier who has been taken hostage and is being tortured. When the pain gets too bad he passes out and finds himself dreaming about a gypsy girl Sarafina, watching as she tries to build bridges with her sister, but he knows that Andre and Katarina are actually plotting against Sarafina. And then one night he watches as Sarafina is turned into a vampire... his vision ends and he eventually escapes from his captors and returns to America a hero as he hadn't given away anything under torture.

But Willem can't quite settle back into his normal life - partly because his foot is seriously injured but mostly because he wants to know what happened to Sarafina in his dreams and isn't able to get back to them. And then he manages, with a lot of pain, to revisit her and finds that a great deal of time has past and she is now a vampire. When Willem bumps into a vampire in a hospital one evening he starts to wonder if his dreams might have some basis in reality.

All this that I have given as an introduction takes place in the first half of the book and from that point onward the story rather changes. We are introduced to new characters that Willem is hired to protect, he runs into Sarafina who's somewhat different from the young gypsy girl he knew and some vampire hunters manage to kidnap a very important girl. Can she be rescued, and why has she been kidnapped? Perhaps Willem can help with some of these problems.

The romance between Willem and Sarafina isn't actually all that significant a part of the story - in fact, I didn't find it romantic at all. Rather the opposite. There was much more interest in the relationship between some of the vampires in this story - a family relationship rather than a romantic one. The world that Maggie Shayne has built (where vampires can communicate by telepathy and can addict humans to their blood) is nothing new and I felt that the story never really got going. The preamble of Sarafina's life as a gypsy was too long and the rest of the story felt rushed. The ending also left rather a lot of open threads (although I can guess a couple) but I didn't find the book enough of a draw to find the next one and see how it continued. It's not a badly written story (the information about Willem's time as a prisoner and how he deals with that, and the subsequent fame, was very good) but for a romantic book this one fell rather short of the mark for me.