Published: the 14th of May 2019
Written by: Joely Sue Burkhart
Series: Their Vampire Queen
Length: 59 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to ARC read this book, and received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own and I purchased the book myself after it was released.
Chained in eternal darkness. Kidnapped by a primordial evil. Freeing this vampire queen will unlock hell itself.
Helayna Ironheart doesn’t know where she is, or how long she’s been trapped in the darkness. She only knows pain and horror when her captor feeds on her suffering.
Her only hope is to access her power as an Aima vampire queen. But how can she call her guardian Blood, when she’s trapped in an alternative dimension at the bottom of the world tree?
Only Darkness lives here.
So that’s exactly what she must take.
This novella is about the newest queen addition in this remarkable world. Helayna is a descendant of none other than the queen of the realm of the death, in Norse Mythology, Hel. Without her memories or powers, Helayna is stuck, alone and in a lot of pain. Everything seems lost in the darkness, until a helpful queen whispers to her in a dream and tells her to call her Blood. When Helayna does just that, she awakens Aima Blood that has been asleep for thousands of year in a place of true darkness. These three beings never expected to feel the call of a queen, let alone to get to serve at her side and taste her blood. While this is the same world as the one readers have followed other queen’s in, this one has more of a bite to it. Where the darkness previous seen, wasn’t to be feared, this darkness is completely different. With the threat of Jörmungandr being disturbed and starting Ragnarok, Helayna and her Blood has their work cut out for them.
Helayna is such a great addition to this world, and I really hope she becomes a major player down the line. She’s very different from the queen’s we’ve previously seen. She is more sure of herself and her place in the world, and with it comes an attitude to match her persona. For me this worked for her rather than against her. Especially as she also so much love for her Blood, who feels unworthy of serving her. The only thing I didn’t like about this novella is that it’s so short. However, as this was published as part of an anthology it’s only to be expected. But a little birdie told me, that Helayna will have more time in the spotlight, and I cannot wait to see what’s next in store for this queen.
Have you read this, or any of the books in the series? Do you like to read about different mythologies? Let’s chat in the comments!