DEATH’S SERVANT (V.V.Inn 0.5) by C.J.Ellisson-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 13, 2013
Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his alpha one too many times. After another argument he leaves the Manitoba pack, his only home since the werewolf attack that changed his life. He returns to his home state of Virginia to start a new life free of pack politics. Jon finds work and meets a young waitress, Raine, who appears to be a lone werewolf, too.
As their relationship progresses, Jon’s embroiled in more intrigue than he bargained for and a danger bigger than he can handle. He’s running scared until his own alpha tendencies surface, making him unable to leave the pretty werewolf’s problems behind. The young man is desperate to save Raine—even if his efforts may lead him straight to death.
Journey along in this first prequel novel involving the favorite characters from the bestselling V V Inn series. Written at reader demand, this stand-alone story explains how the beloved Jonathan came to serve the deadly redheaded vampire, Dria.
REVIEW: DEATH’S SERVANT is the prequel novella in C.J.Ellisson’s V.V. Inn series featuring Vivian Alexandria (Dria) a 580 plus year old vampire with the ability to manipulate emotions. In this particular storyline, C.J. opens up about Jon’s past and how the alpha without a pack came to be Dria’s most trusted servant.
Jon has always been an alpha-as a human and as a shifting wolf, and those tendencies do not diminish throughout his trek to discover what he wants from his new life. But what Jon uncovers is a wolf pack in trouble and there is only one solution on the horizon. Enter Dria-an ancient vampire who makes Jon an offer he cannot refuse.
We watch as Jon wars with his emotions about Dria-the vampire to whom he has pledged his life. But it is the calculating methods and swift due diligence of the ancient vampire that has Jon second-guessing about to whom he has vowed his servitude. Dria’s power and ability to get the job done is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg as Jon discovers there is more to Vivian Alexandria than a beautiful face.
DEATH’S SERVANT is a fascinating look at Jon’s emotional introduction into Dria’s Seethe. CJ Ellisson has given us a glimpse into Jon’s personality and the warring conflict within when he witnesses Dria’s power first hand. I am a big fan of prequel novellas where the reader is taken back in time to learn about the roots of established characters. Death’s Servant is a welcome and I believe necessary addition to CJ’s V.V.Inn series. Fans have always wanted to know how Jon established himself as Dria’s right hand man and Death’s Servant reveals the truth about Jon’s beginnings with the Seethe.
1. Vampire Vacation
2. The Hunt
3. Big Game
4. Just One Taste (prequel)
5. Death’s Servant
Copy supplied by the publicist.
Reviewed by Sandy