Title: Blood Bathory: Like the Night
Series: The Guardians of Gaia 01
Author: Ari McKay
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror
Length: Novel (348pgs)
Publisher: Ari McKay (April 9, 2018)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Evan St. John, a young fashion photographer running from the pain caused by the death of his younger sister, is thrilled when he is offered a job with House of Nadasdy, a leading fashion house in Paris. What he doesn’t know is that Elizabeth Nadasdy, the elegant and powerful owner, is a centuries-old vampire with a penchant for collecting beautiful people. To Evan’s horror, he is turned into one of her “children.”
Unable to bear what he has become, Evan flees to New York and to his best friend, police officer Will Trask. For years, Evan has nursed an unrequited love for Will, but he also knows Will is the one person who might be able to help him. As Evan and Will try to deal with Evan’s condition, they are drawn into the world of the theriomorphs: shape-shifters who are guardians of life and the sworn enemies of vampires. Caught in an ancient war between two powerful supernatural forces, Evan and Will find they must choose sides – because if they are to have any chance of a future together, they must destroy Elizabeth Nadasdy before she destroys them.
Review: This was a really interesting story. Evan, after the death of his sister, travels to Paris to begin life a new as a photographer. While there he catches the eye of Elizabeth Bathory, which was not good. Elizabeth is cruel and delusional. She collects people of beauty like others collect coins and artifacts. I found her to be smart yet crazy.
After being turned by Elizabeth, Evan flees into the arms of the one person that has always been there for him, Will. This is a fascinating story with twists and turns, suspense, evil and a plan. I loved all the details throughout this intense and gruesome at times story. The characters all played a role to give the book a better flowing.
I was spellbound with the historical aspect regarding Elizabeth and the paranormal theme. It was a great mix that jumped off the pages with abandon to draw the reader deeper. I truly enjoyed the book.