Can a 1000 year old Viking learn to trust again?
Firestorm: Heart of a Vampire #5
By Amber Kallyn
Eric Wulfgar awakens from a deep month long coma that his King’s sister’s torture had sent him into after calling up the tortures he had suffered with his brother a thousand years before by a sorceress that had branded them as her property. Now he couldn’t find his way out of his own mind, even though he was awake. His tormentors had followed him and he knew that he hung on to his sanity by a very fine thread.
Cathrina Bienville is a fiercely independent person, raised in a time when a woman was a Lady, and her father’s position guaranteed that she carried that title. She is alone now, her sire, best friend, along with other members of their Vampire Coven in New Orleans, have disappeared and to make matters worse there is a pack of shifter wolves that is attacking her whenever she leaves her plantation. She needs help, and she calls the only person she knows that might offer it, Niki DeVeraux, a vampire she had met some time ago.
Jordan sends Eric to Cat, he tasks him to help her find out what is going on in her town and help her fix it. Eric is a thousand year old Viking warrior, he is holding on to his sanity by his finger nails as the ghosts of the sorceress and Fiona, his King’s sister, haunt him night and day, he is not pleased to sent on this babysitting mission. He determines to get the problem fixed and get back to Arizona to find his twin. Cat has other ideas; she will not be “Woman”ed and pushed to the back ground, left on the plantation to knit while he hunts down the evil in her town.
When Eric wakes up, he knows one thing, he hates magic of any type, it cannot be trusted, and anybody wielding it cannot be trusted. When he finds out that Cat is part Fey and therefore wields a small amount of magic he leaves her, cutting their just blossoming love off before it could grow any more.
Can Eric find his way back? Will he ever figure out that Cat holds the key to his sanity? Will he find a way to make the sorceress and Fiona go away permanently? Can he find that strength after everything he has been through? Can Cat find the strength and courage to stand up to the Viking that wants nothing to do with her? Can she find a way to accept his sacred heart and soul? Along with his sacred body? Can they find the evil that is trying to rip treaties and peace packs apart that are centuries old and defeat it?
I rate this installment of Heart of a Vampire 4 stars. Eric and Cat, for this reader, just didn’t grab me the way the other characters in this series have. I am not sure why, the story was very well written, the color of New Orleans very vivid, the plot was well planned and ran smooth. It was not as fast paced as the others, as Eric and Cat had emotional barriers to get over and work through. That was well done as well, not a quick fix, but two ancient souls working slowly through some deep long held fears and scares. I enjoyed the book very much.