Science fiction and fantasy
A Hunger So Wild
by Sylvia Day
A Touch of Crimson, the first Renegade Angels novel, in that they are a small force of soldiers fighting to keep demons in check, in the same way that Sentinels control the rogue vampires. Although they have a lot of vampire minions created from humans, there are only a few of the sunlight-resistant Fallen left. Vashti has been in mourning for her lover, Charron, since he was murdered some sixty years ago. She blames lycans for his death, and she is focused on avenging him.
However a virus has struck the vampires, turning victims into raging zombies who are driven mad by hunger. The disease is sweeping through the ranks, and if a cure isn't found soon they could be wiped out. Luckily the lycans have revolted against their Sentinel masters under the fairly reluctant leadership of their Alpha, Elijah. This makes the lycans vulnerable to the Sentinels and in need of allies, whilst the vampires are in a similarly desperate situation. So Syre sends Vashti to negotiate with them.
Vashti hates the lycans, but she also doesn't want to pass up the opportunity to learn more about what happened to her lover. When she walks into the lycan's cave complex she's not certain she'll get out alive, especially since she was the one who killed Elijah's friend. But the minute she lays eyes on the Alpha lycan there's a chemistry between them. They should be natural enemies, but their instincts tell them otherwise and they agree to hold off from killing each other until their business together is concluded.
This novel is an improvement on the first book because its plot is thick with conspiracy and mystery. Someone knows more about the virus than they're telling, and there's a whiff of set-ups and trickery going on, but the motives for it all aren't obvious. It's quite a complex and intriguing mystery, although it doesn't get solved in this novel. There's also a lot of action of the running, chasing and slaying kind. However there's no doubt what the main draw of this story is: every five minutes someone is stroking, snogging or lusty-gazing their way into an orgiastic frenzy. Because the characters aren't quite human they get to be caricatures of male and female attractiveness, with endless stamina and the kind of overpowering animal drives that make rabbits and bonobos look like nuns. There's a new take on the mile high club. No-one ever uses a condom. And although Elijah can turn into a wolf he has special powers that prevent any accidental bestiality or leg-cocking moments.
I don't think anyone will be reading A Hunger So Wild for its thoughtful musings on the human condition, its sharp dialogue, or its clever metaphors. The sex scenes are frequent, mechanical and explicit, and often so absurdly over the top that they're unintentionally hilarious. But they're undeniably an awful lot of fun. This is a fast read even taking into account the novel's moderate length, and it's just the thing if you have an appetite for an overdose of cheese.
5th November 2012
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