Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Last Keeper by Michelle Birbeck

The Last Keeper by Michelle Birbeck
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Fifteen hundred years ago, Serenity Cardea took the life of the only vampire she ever regretted killing—Henry, her sister’s husband. With her sister brutally murdered, Serenity had little choice but to grant Henry the only request he had: death.  Centuries later, Serenity is no closer to discovering who betrayed them or instigated the massacre of her brothers and sisters.
The vampires want dominance—over their food, the other races . . . the world. To get it, they’ve systematically hunted down and slaughtered the only ones standing in their way. The Keepers.
As a Keeper, Serenity is tasked with protecting the delicate balance between the creatures of the world: Vampire, Witch, Were, and Human. Her kind exists to ensure that no single race sways the balance, dooming the world to destruction.  
They're on the brink of extinction, with no sign of return. Now only two remain, and Serenity’s last brother is facing death, leaving her standing alone against a never-ending tide of vampires, all wanting one thing: power.
Then she meets Ray Synclair, a history professor in training with a passion for centuries past, and the harsh reality of her limited time comes crashing down on her. He is her weakness. His mortality is the countdown on Serenity’s life, and with each passing second, it comes closer to the end, for both of them.
She must uncover the secrets of her people’s past and find out who betrayed them—and who is still doing so—before it’s too late.
Serenity’s days are numbered, and Ray will be drawn into a world of myth and legend, where just being alive is enough to get him hunted down.
Because the only way to kill a Keeper is to kill their partner . . .

My Thoughts
I enjoyed the novel "The Last Keeper" by Michelle Birbeck, it started well, introduced the characters, set the scene and alluded to the plots's directionality, successfully building upon and compounding my interest with the looming sense of disaster.
The characters were well rounded and described, with a solid mix of dialogue and action - both factors are huge prerequisites for me as it enables the reader to identify with the characters. Then came Ray, and with him came a budding romance, complete with all the angst and tension a fledgling relationship deserves... that sense of looming disaster continues to grow, and grow... until you realise it was never going to end well, and that's just the first half of the book!
Ha Ha, that's about all I can tell you without having to place a spoiler alert. What I can tell you though, is that there is a twist to this tale that left me in awe of the clever trickery of the author. Did she cheat? No, rules are made to broken, but what she did was cheeky - withholding some of the historical information of the characters that paved the way for a peculiar turn of events. I'm undecided how I feel about it, and I am almost sure that Annie Wilkes - of Stephen King's "Misery" would call Michelle Birbeck "a dirty bird".
So read the book, decide what you think and leave a comment below...


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