By O.M. Grey
Avalon Revisited is a dark fiction, paranormal romance with a touch of Steampunk thrown in. Though I usually read such novels, this was a first for me in that it was a historical novel, and featured a male protagonist.
The male character, a vampire, is Arthur Tudor. For those who don’t recognize the name, he was the older brother of Henry VIII. He married Catherine at fifteen years old, and died at sixteen less than a year after being married. Catherine then went on to marry Henry after admitting the marriage was never consummated.
This made our Arthur, a sixteen year old vampire. Set in England about 350 years after he died we first meet Arthur seducing an older woman in her home during a party. One thing I did find refreshing, Arthur likes his women mature, instead of going after the usual young bombshells. I think most women can appreciate that. It isn’t long before we get to our first sex, and murder scene proving our Arthur has a sharp bite as well as youthful looks.
Although I did enjoy the fact that he found older and well-versed women more attractive than the younger versions. I did have to stop myself several times from remembering he was a young sixteen-year-old looking boy engaging in (plenty) of sex with 40+ women. That became a bit creepy for me, no matter how many times he said he could portray a twenty-year-old.
It’s not long after that we meet Avalon. She’s a weird girl by the current standards, choosing to be a spinster and interested in science as opposed to marriage, or even Arthur. Although I did enjoy the Avalon character their first introduction proved to be disappointing. Avalon was the spitting image of Catherine.
Doppelgangers have been done to death, and maybe it’s just me but I don’t see how anyone would find that romantic. Can’t a vampire love a girl just for being herself any more Arthur mentions several times how much he loved Catherine, thus his initial attraction to Avalon. Though history proves they were married less than a year, couldn’t communicate due to language issues and never made love, which made it even harder to swallow the look-alike story line.
After a few failed attempts at seduction, Arthur realizes the way into her heart (and pants) is to feign interest in her hobbies. Unfortunately for him, Avalon and her friend are into vampire hunting. Fortunately for Arthur, vampires are something he is well versed in. Still nothing we haven’t seen before a vampire falling in love with a vampire hunter, of course the usual issues arise.
Together the small team works together to try and solve the mystery of the murders happening in London . Only one of which Arthur can claim as his own. Just when the story starts to get interesting: murders, werewolf-vampire hybrids, betrayal, and mad scientists, the author makes a sprint for the finish line. Before I can start to enjoy the story she has painted for me, it’s over. We never get to find out why the mad scientist is making hybrids, or how he even accomplishes it. The traitor is obvious from the start but never gives any more of a reason than greed, even though having ties to a vampire seemed to bring him anything he would need. As for why Avalon is a doppelganger, coincidence? The author seems to let that fall to the sides and doesn’t mention it much after the initial interaction. I couldn’t get behind this book in the end. Arthur professes his love but then has wild guilt-free sex. Avalon’s declaration of love is abrupt making it all unbelievable.
This story had a lot of potential, unfortunately it seemed rushed. I would only recommend it for anyone looking for a light read and doesn’t mind a few loose ends here and there with a bizarre resolution.
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This review was first written and published by me at Tracy Riva Books & Reviews.