The Hunt by Linell JeppsenPublished: April 6, 2011Pages: 242Received: as part of blog tour by Mystical Events
A ragged band of vampires are cutting a bloody band of destruction from Alaska to Washington State! As frost turns the leaves gold and paints the high mountain treetops silver, hundreds of hunters arrive in Swan Valley for their annual deer hunt. What they don't know is an outcast band of vampires have arrived as well.
Raphael Goldhawk, king of the high vampire council, has decreed the taking of human life un...lawful. Raul Stannard, an ancient enemy of the half-human king, is determined to overthrow the council, even if it means the exposure and eventual annihilation of the vampire race.
Four people, a Ferry County forest ranger (Roger Atley), an Indian spirit-walker (Harley Truefeather), and a young married couple (Brian and Holly Jensen), are about to be caught up in an ancient power struggle, and in a love affair as old as time itself.
This novel combines ancient history with modern times, in an epic showdown between good and evil, love and hate. Grab your camping gear and hold on tight! It's time for The Hunt!
I truly enjoyed reading this vampire novel. Not only were the characters interesting, but the history of the vampires and then legend of vampires versus humans was gripping. I loved every detail of how the vampires came to be, what they looked like, and how they evolved over time. The details are always what gets me - I love when an author can take vampire lore and change it up just enough to make their novel unique.
The storyline was great - flipping back and forth between past events in the vampire realm and current day terror at a campground. It was a perfect balance between past and present. I would have to say that my favourite character is Raphael - being stuck between two parts of the same world. Raphael has a heart of gold, an ever-caring soul and is a broken hearted angel. And in complete contrast there is the evil Raul - master of violence and pain, rampaging lunatic and emotionless. Raul was an amazing villain - I truly hated him and all he stood for, but he was a necessary evil for this story to come full circle.
The outdoor atmosphere was the perfect setting for this story as it was as ever changing as the plot - from relaxing and calm to terrifying and surreal. I guess it just added the right feelings with the change in weather and scenery from the sunny and fun waterfront campground to the snowy craggy mountain top. Ms. Jeppsen has a way with words that can make you feel more about a scene then you ever realized was happening.
The last thing to say is that there are a few violent scenes so this may not be for all readers, though I didn't have a problem with it at all. I guess it depends on how much blood you can handle.