Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Review: Crusade

 Crusade (Crusade, book 1) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie.

The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.  For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain's Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.  Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.  Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart.

Vampires have taken over the populace, first with charm and then with fear, but there are those who will not give up without a fight.  Crusade is an action-packed urban fantasy.  In the dystopian world of Crusade vampires have come forward with promises of peace and unity, but these were lies to calm the public as they slowly, insidiously worked to take over cities, governments, and the world.  Vampires are now in control of most of the planet and as their power grows their true monstrous nature is revealed.  Most humans are either too enamored by or too fearful of the vampires to fight back and so they go about their daily lives as the vampires as their new masters use them as food...or worse.  A few groups of humans have decided to fight back and have formed a small underground resistance.  Among these fighters the most revered are the Hunters who are specially trained to kill vampires.  Hunters are usually solitary fighters, but there is a group of Salamancan hunters trying to work as a team.  Will they be able to set aside their differences long enough to face the enemy together?

I recommend Crusade (Crusade, book 1) to readers of paranormal suspense, fantasy, vampire fiction, and especially to fans of urban fantasy.

Source: This book was provided by the author or publisher for honest review.

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  1. Sounds good. :) I'm a sucker for resistance fighters.


  2. This sounds amazing. I never took the time to read what this was about but now I really want it. Thanks for the review!

  3. This sounds good! I've only read her Buffy books so would be interesting to try her other books too. Great review!

  4. This sounds like a good suspenseful read! I love vampire books, and it has been a long time since I've read a book where the vampires are the bad guys and not just somebody's romantic interest, so it will be a nice change.

    Do you know when book 2 is scheduled for release?

  5. Elizabeth,
    Crusade just released in hardcover September 7th so there is likely to be a bit of a wait for book 2.

  6. Ah I see. Well I will have to remember to read it by the time it comes out then lol. I really need to start a list or something for all the sequels in various trilogies/series I am waiting on being released..hard to keep track of them all sometimes!

  7. Oh this series looks good!
    Thanks for the review/rec!

  8. This sounds really good! The cover never really interested me, but vampires mixed with a dystopian world sounds great to me. Definitely adding it to my reading list.