As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.
Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.
After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.
While I enjoyed "Surrender the Dark," I didn't totally *love* it as much as I'd hoped that I would.
For me, the story had so much world building, so many different things going on, that the romance aspect took a bit of a back seat.
I did like how Benjamin, blinded at age 8 while fighting a vampire, never came across as weak or a person to be pitied. Not once. He was a hunter and played the cards he'd been dealt.
And the 'War King', Tzadkiel, who'd lost his entire family over the millennia at the hands of Benjamin's family, was bound by both honor and vengeance, in equal measure, to ensure that justice was brought against those responsible.
Even if 'those responsible' turned out to be someone for whom he had growing feelings.
The game of cat and mouse between Tzadkiel and Benjamin was always entertaining; however, I truly wanted the story to focus (a lot) more on their feelings and budding attraction, which I found a bit minimal for my tastes.
My favorite parts of the story were where both Tzadkiel and Benjamin began to realize that their worlds weren't quite as black and white as they'd always thought. That, sometimes, mistakes are made, terrible ones, but even then, people can change and forgiveness earned.
The story was tight and well thought out, but the scope of this one was vast, so there were many, many pages spent to flesh out the world in which the hunters and vampires lived, going back roughly 400 years. As I said, lots of world building in this one.
Don't get me wrong, though. I was never bored. I just wished that the focus of the story had been a bit more on the feels between the MC's and less on past wars, marital problems between witches, and zombies.
So while I enjoyed this story, the title of 'Todd's favorite vampire story of all time' is still firmly held by Alexa Land's "The Tinder Chronicles." (That one's highly recommended, folks.) : )
Overall, I'd rate "Surrender the Dark" at around 3.75 stars and hope that future books in the series focus a teeny bit more on the feels and connections between the MC's.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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