Kassandra Sims: The Midnight Work

I enjoyed this book. 

I liked the mythology behind Ms Sims's vampires, I like that her vampires LIKE being vampires.

But as a romance, it didn't work for me.

Olivier doesn't quite fit with Sophie.

It didn't help that with such strong secondary characters, Norah and Luc, Olivier seems two-dimensional. You don't really know enough about him other than that he's a vampire who became one because of religious reasons.

Yes, I know he writes poetry–great poetry too–but if we were supposed to decipher his personality from his poetry, I can't do it. 

I assume Ms Sims has a sequel planned for The Midnight Work, and I'll probably get it, but I'd not suggest getting this book for the romance. 


2 Responses to “Kassandra Sims: The Midnight Work”

  1. June 21, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    I thought the writing on this one was impressive and her historical knowledge impressive, but I couldn’t connect with it on a fundamental level. In part that’s because Sims didn’t take the easy way out here. Her vampires fed to live – and they enjoy it. That’s where this faltered for me. I admired the steps Sims took, but having the heroine take pleasure in the killing of innocents kept me from connecting. Again, Sims stayed true to her characters – the vampire lore – but after reading this one I realized that my hero and heroine have to have a basic appreciation for life or some remorse in taking life.

    Done babbling…

  2. June 21, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    I agree that she’s a good writer, and her historical knowledge is impressive, and their enjoyment of the kill was actually a plus for me.

    But I couldn’t see Olivier and Sophie together.

    Somehow, I get the feeling that this was one of the books that sold as a para romance because it couldn’t be sold as dark/urban fantasy.

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