Elemental Mysteries Series books 1-4 by Elizabeth Hunter.
A Hidden Fire; This Same Earth; Force of Wind; Fall of Water.
I learnt that Vampires:
- Have a lot of sex
- They live amongst us
- They can’t be around a lot of modern technology – even light switches, as their energy disrupts it – except TV apparently
- Not all of them sleep through the day, some can stay awake but they do burn up in the sun
- They are vicious fighters – including the females – and love martial arts and all types of swords – especially hooked ones
- You can kill them by chopping off their heads or burning them up
- The Vatican knows about them and even has some vampire priests
- Some only consume animal blood – best fresh killed – but it makes them less strong than human blood sucked straight from the donor – alive is OK!
- Sometimes their eyes change colour when they are ‘sired’ into being a vampire
- The only way they can have children is to ‘sire’ them – change a human into a vampire
- The taste of coffee is too strong for them – they like very bland meals
- They mate for life – pair-bonded – and grieve inordinately when their mate dies
- Even if they don’t like their ‘father’ they feel a tremendous sense of loss if s/he should die
- Affinity to an element is usually passed down a family line, except for fire which is the rogue element and crops up unexpectedly
- Garlic and stakes through the heart do nothing for them – their hearts will just heal around the stake
- Because they live a really really long time they tend to get embroiled in vicious power and political games – which do tend to kill a lot of them…duh!
And then there are the books!
Well book 1 was good enough for me to buy the next 3 to complete the series but I did think that by book 4 we had run out of ideas. Book 1 is very inventive and of course everything is new to the reader so…
That said I had to read them all through just to find out what happened in the end – so they hooked me. Not sure though that I will read any more by this author for a while. Think I’ve had enough vampires and zombies for a while – have downloaded some samples though which were recommended, and which look fun, as the author has quite a sense of humour and a dottie goddess to boot. Book buddy reading next and book club book to complete as that is good – so far..
- Learning About Vampires (costumediscounters.com)