The Brethren: The Prophecy
Published 2006 152 Pages
Avery Johnson seemed to have the perfect life, a good education followed by a top job in politics; everything in her life seemed to be turning out just the way that she wanted it to. This all changes the night she is accused of drink driving and the hit and run killing of the son of the Congressman she works for. Wanted for murder, she goes into hiding because she knows that she has been set up. For one thing she wasn’t driving and for another she only drank a soda….
Attacked in the night by a gang of Etrux vampires, Avery’s salvation comes in the form of Jax – leader of the Brethren. The Brethren are the sworn enemy of the Etrux and after a fight, he rescues her. Recognising that she has been bitten by Devlin the leader of the Etrux he takes her back to the compound where the Brethren live.
Avery and Jax have an undeniable attraction to each other and although Avery is the spitting image of Jax’s long-dead lover Meroe, there is more to their bond than that. Avery and Jax don’t have much time to explore their relationship because the time of The Prophecy would seem to be approaching and if Jax can’t keep Avery safe she will end up being sacrificed by Devlin, who plans to raise an ancient evil god using Avery’s blood….
Rival vampire gangs battle for supremacy on the streets on contemporary Chicago in Kendra Clark’s first (but hopefully not last) Brethren novel. The Brethren are a gang of vampires who are charged with protecting the vampire race. Anyone who has read The Black Dagger Brotherhood novel may think this sounds familiar and whilst there is a nod to the works of authors like J.R Ward, L.A. Banks and Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kendra Clark has managed to successfully craft her own unique vampire world.
The Brethren take orders from the vampire senate and enforce those orders amongst the other vampire gangs. The senate is comprised of Ancient vampires who never leave the senate because it is too dangerous for them. If an Ancient is killed their entire bloodline instantly dies with them, hence the danger.
The Brethren live together in a fortified mansion and it is their duty to fight evil vampires. The other members of the Brethren are all alpha male vampires and prime romantic hero material. Hopefully we will hear more from them in future novels and I particularly want to find out more about how Carson (a mortal woman who fights with the Brethren) and Hunter’s date turns out.
All in all, with its fast paced plot and hot romance Brethren: The Prophecy is a solid start to what will hopefully become a series of Brethren novels. Recommended reading for romance readers who like their heroes to be tough alpha male vampires!
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