Deep in the heart of New York City’s netherworld, a horrible disease is ravaging the vampire community. The VampireCouncil is on a crusade to obliterate those infected, and Harrow Gates is target Number One. The unwitting source of the plague, he suffers from the same nightmarish symptoms as his victims. The world he’d been thrust into was cold, cruel, and intent on eradicating him, and the legions of afflicted vampires he created with his bite.
A bounty hanging over his head, satisfying his hunger has become an enormous challenge for Harrow. The less he feeds, the more hideous and painful his lesions become. Constantly running for his life and learning new tricks to survive, Harrow is in no position to refuse when Pritchard Tack offers him a unique opportunity.
Pritchard not only gives Harrow a new beginning, but also a purpose and a chance to rectify the chaos he created in the vampire world. However, the multi-billionaire has an agenda of his own.
Jordan is a reluctant new vampire and a woman on a mission. After the demise of her family and her own transformation at the hands of Goran, the ruthless leader of the Vampire Council, her only focus is revenge. Constantly faced with one frustrating dead-end after another, a stroke of luck leads her to an underground facility that she suspects is the lair of the monster for whom she is looking.
Upon learning more about the truth behind the secret bunker, Jordan must fight against her growing feelings of friendship and concern for the facility’s inhabitants. One man in particular threatens to pull her heart away from her sworn mission. There is something behind Harrow’s dark lenses that unsettles the hardened female. Once again, she trembles and hungers for something other than red-stained revenge. Is love strong enough to override her hate-fueled thirst for vengeance?
|Hunted (The Gates Legacy #1)
Publisher: The Writer’s Shop Publishing House
Publication: November 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
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Rated: ★★★★ (high 3½)
Hunted by Lorenz Font
Now, I am a HUGE fan of the vampire genre, both literary and cinematic. I’ll give most things vampiric a chance, especially if they put their own twist on the typical creatures of legend. This is the main reason I picked up Hunted, which proved true to its synopsis. It was a really interesting read that is definitely set apart from most (possibly all recent) depictions of vampires. Lorenz Font does a great job intertwining multiple character arcs together, showing how seemingly unrelated actions can massively affect the lives of others.
Font’s world of vampires isn’t your Stephenie Meyer’s version, nor is it reminiscent of Anne Rice. While the action and romance may make some believe this is like the Black Dagger Brotherhood, it really isn’t. Hunted stands on its own merits in a world belonging wholly to Ms. Font. Our protagonist, Harrow Gates, is extremely handsome. It’s the thing everyone notices and picks up on. This, however, is where his likeness to those of the male protagonists in the aforementioned series ends. You see, Harrow is actually incredibly likable. He is affable and seems to take things in good stride. He repays kindness with kindness, and at times, seems to even repay the harshness he receives with an understanding nod. While Edward (Cullen) and Louis (de Pointe du Lac) constantly mourn their loss of humanity despite the richness their current immortal lives offer, Harrow plods along and makes the most of his life. Sure, he feels sorrow for what he lost at times, but he seems to be okay with the life he has now, which is incredible given his immortality comes with a catch, a disease that affects those he comes intoclose contact with, both humans and vampires alike.
The secondary characters in Hunted are just as well developed as Harrow. Each have their own set of issues that drove them towards each other. Jordan, the reluctant vampire set upon destroying her maker. Allison, the innocent diseased vampire looking to bring back a sense of normalcy to her life after an attack left her motherless. Pritchard, a millionaire looking to protect humans and vampires alike from this seemingly incurable disease. Tor, a brawn over brains thug with a vendetta against the diseased. Even though this is only the first book in the Gates Legacy series, I’m astounded at how much Font was able to tell us about each of these characters, and can only imagine how these characters and their stories will continue to unfold and evolve as the series progresses.
While forging her own way in the vampire niche, Hunted also makes use of the traditional vampiric metaphors made popular by Stoker. The taking of blood is a metaphor for sex. It elicits the same sort of pleasure for the biter. The disease Harrow unknowingly introduces to the public shares attributes with HIV/AIDS. Both can be transmitted through sex, though in Harrow’s case, it can also be transmitted through biting. Font carefully navigates through this barely veiled metaphor, depicting multiple sides to the issue. Scientists trying to cure it, the infected parties trying to live responsibly to prevent others from catching it, other infected parties so angry at having caught it that they set out to infect others, the small minded that only want to destroy all infected regardless of contamination source, and then those that are in love with the infected, having to learn to maneuver through hoops at a chance of intimacy.
Overall, it is amazing that Font was able to introduce so much information at once in a book that is a relatively quick read. The negatives aren’t anything grand, nor do they detract from the story. The beginning may start a bit slow, though I think that is more due to the impatience of the reader to find out what is going to happen, rather than hesitant writing. The romances seemed to escalate from zero to fifty out of nowhere, but like I said, it doesn’t really affect the quality of the story.
I rated this book at 3.5 stars, but will round it up to 4 considering it is only the first book in a series, and therefore had a lot of groundwork to lay down.
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Praise for Hunted
“Idea of these kind of vampires is really interesting and structure of this vampire race have so many possibilities.
I liked how there was so many amazing characters and you could fully get absorbed to minds of each of them.” – Arabella, Goodreads Review
Praise for Tormented
“What a great sequel and I’m just looking forward for a third book. I’m so intrigued to see what will come next. You will love this book if you like this genre it is just that good.” – FS Meurinne, Goodreads Review