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Susan Sizemore
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Book 4 of Laws of the Blood
2002, October Ace
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Who recommends: Shelley, Linda, Leila, Suzanne
Who discommends:

I could finally read again, and took Susan Sizemore's LAWS 0F THE BLOOD: DECEPTIONS around with me as my 'carry around book'. It is interesting - set in Washington, D.C. Olympias is the several thousand year old enforcer of the city. She ends up having to deal with the nests of vampires in her area trying to oust her and a special gov't. group of psychics that do out of body 'watcher' type stuff finding out about vampires - which is where our hero comes in.

I would not really class this as a romance novel, more of an action/horror novel with some romance. Olympias is not really a sympathetic character, nor does the reader really get to spend enought time reading about her to really get attached. I was more interested in the secondary characters and one of the secondary romances in the book - those characters I liked and was hoping they would get together.

That said, the book was a fast paced easy read and I did enjoy most of it - in my personal book journal it is a C+.--Shelley (23 Sep 02)

I highly recommend this one too! The heroine, Olympias, is the enforcer of Washington D.C. and the toughest vampire we've met yet. She's 2000 years old and the mother of Alexander the Great. She can be very tough--cold and scary at times--but I'm getting used to that with these books. It's actually a more realistic portrayal to me of what a vampire would really be like. But then you get the signs of softness once in a while. That she has avoided taking another companion because she can't bear it when they become vampires and leave and start new lives without her.

The hero is ex-military and pretty tough, too. And also very pyschic. He's head of a group of psychics that are experimenting with astral projection. Which leads to some interesting things.<g>

Olympias is overextended and is assisted by her secretary/slave/companion wannabe, Sara. Having too many pans in the fire has led to a weakness that the enemy is exploiting by creating a conspiracy to destroy Olympias.

A neat thing about this book is that you get a secondary romance that involves one of the nicest vampires I've ever met (or ever will meet) in one of Sizemore's books. Not to say that it ever gets sappy. Oh and Olympias has her hellhound to give her companionship and some surprises.<g> I'm already wondering what she has in store next!!--Linda (23 Sep 02)

I think this is my favorite of the series so far. It almost seemed like a 'kinder, gentler' Laws of the Blood. The primary romance was fine, but I really enjoyed the secondary characters and the way their romance progressed.--Suzanne (26 Jan 04)

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