While in Romania researching historical superstitions, Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk comes upon the folk tale of Saloman, a seductive prince staked centuries ago, legend's most powerful vampire. Now, in the ruins of a castle crypt, Elizabeth discovers supernatural legends that have come alive. Her blood has awakened him. Her innocence has aroused him. But Elizabeth unleashes more than Saloman's hunger, and it's going to unite them in ways neither could have imagined.
When your doing research for your PhD, basing it on the legends of the mystical vampires, the last thing you’d expect would be that the legends were true. Elizabeth Silk found herself in this sticky situation while in Romania, gathering information on one in particular tale that was causing a lot of trouble to her thesis, the tale of one of the biggest baddest vampire known in history. No, not Dracula, but Saloman. In her vigilant quest to find the truth about Saloman and the story of his death Elizabeth is lead to his tomb where she unintentionally wakes Saloman up from his three hundred year slumber. Now things go from bad to worse as Elisabeth is struck by this instantaneous intense attraction for Saloman. Too bad that since she became is Awakener Saloman will have to ultimately drain all her blood to regain his full strength. Which is a must for Saloman if he wants to survive the inevitable battle between his nemesis who took his place as leader of the Northern European vampires since Saloman imprisonment plus the group of vampire hunters who want to see him dead as well.
This book drew me in and didn’t let me go. Though the vampire myth has become a hot commodity in pop culture today, Marie was able to blend traditional and modern elements to create a refreshingly new vampire tale. There was so much action, suspense as well as romance that created a great balance within the story. Elizabeth was a great character, being an academic she was smart enough to doubt and question what was going on in the beginning but as the truth became undeniable she came to terms and began to focus on saving her life as well as protecting others. Even with the tremendous obstacles in front of her, be it fear or seduction, she stuck to her guns and morals. What ultimately made the story for me was the undeniable chemistry between Elizabeth and Saloman. When they got together they practically burned up the pages! Besides the sexual tension between them what made the story much better was the moral conflict with both of them believing in their own views. Even if believing in it put them at odds with each other. Could you truly love someone if you didn’t believe in what they wanted to do? That was the ultimate question that both Saloman and Elizabeth had to face and I enjoyed reading how they struggled through finding the answer. Danger, action, romance, woven like silk within this story left me satisfied yet yearning for more of their journey as Saloman plans to regain his powers over the vampires, humans and Elizabeth herself and Elizabeth quest to stop him.