Immortal With a Kiss
In 1862, Emma Andrews has recently discovered that she is Damphir, vampire hunter. Following Descent into Dust, this second novel in the series focuses on Emma’s adventures in the Lake District, attempting to uncover mystifying events involving rumors about a Cyprian Queen. While helpful for back story, it is not necessary to read the first before tackling this novel. This time, Emma poses as a teacher at the girls’ school her mother once attended. Eager to investigate possible vampire activity but also anxious to learn more about her mother, Emma quickly discovers much more going on. She soon gains assistance from old friends Sebastian, Father Luke, and love-interest Valerian Fox to help solve the mystery.
Fabulously gothic, this story provides a unique and new twist to vampire legends. Lepore has obviously spent many hours researching lore, and the creativity in which she presents these ideas is intriguing. However, the characters in the story are a bit stilted. Emma does not seem to be your typical vampire slayer – she is somewhat liable to swooning, leans heavily on her friends for help, and seems to be a bit of a simpering miss. Recommended for the lore and a plot filled with dark secrets, but not recommended for those looking for a strong and admirable heroine.