As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love book series. I’m not sure why, but I do. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lucy Blue’s Bound in Darkness trilogy this last week. But, hey, who doesn’t like a jaunt back to medieval times with all those hunky and chivalrous knights, fair and brave maids … and a vampire or two or three or four thrown into the mix?
It follows first the chivalrous-knight-turned-vampire Simon and his dwarf wizard sidekick Orlando on a quest to find a mystical chalice (think Holy Grail-like) that might just bring Simon salvation from his curse, but most certainly finds him on the Lady Isabel’s doorstep at Castle Charmot.
In the second volume, the Normand crusader Tristan, whom Simon accidentally turned in My Demon’s Kiss, seeks revenge against the renegade warrior noblewoman Siohban and her misguided brother, Sean, after the pair take Tristan’s home, slaughter his men and keep his young daughter.
The trilogy wraps up with the tale of Roxanna and Gareth, a vampire princess and a noble English knight with Scottish roots and a mysterious birthmark that labels him for a great destiny.
Each story is connected with the all couples eventually joining the quest to find the magical cup that will hopefully free the cursed. The only hitch is a very nasty villain — the ancient Lucan Kivar, father of all vampires — wants it, too, and will stop at nothing to get it. He is truly creepy and chillingly evil, sitting in direct counter to the brave and righteous band of heroes hoping to beat him at his own game.
Ms. Blue’s heroes and heroines are all wonderfully drawn, as are the settings, and she tells a vivid tale. The only weak point for me was the use of rather modern dialog. It’s not off-putting, but there were a few times I thought “Would they have really said that back then?”
All in all, I found this trilogy a wonderful read and a fantastic tale with plenty of tasteful intimate romps and enough mystery to keep you guessing and wondering how it’s all going to end.