Title: To Walk the Night
Author: ES Moore
Series: Kat Redding
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012
Synopsis: Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.
Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity.
This review does contain spoilers.
Review: I’m a sucker for vampire books. I know many people think they’re overdone and need to die out but I’m out to get my hands on every single vampire book I can. Yes it’s hit and miss, there’s always going to be bad ones, and then there are going to good ones, and really great ones. In my opinion, this series is one of the good ones. (Yes I read the whole series before starting my reviews. I binge read it in like 3 days.)
This is not just a vampire story, however the main character is a vampire, there are a lot of werewolves that are very important characters. There are also demons which you see mostly in the later books. There are hints at other supernatural creatures in the later books, I’m hoping we get more though the author has said there is no more on contract, because I really want to know what these other creatures are. But back to the vampires and werewolves. They are not the romanticized kind that we’ve been seeing of late. Oh no. They are the kind of vampires and werewolves I look for. Yes some of them are overtly cruel and evil. But the main ones are not, but they are not human and they do not let you forget it. They have hungers, for blood and the weres for flesh as well, they can snap and kill someone when angered too much, even if that person is someone they care for.
My only real issue with the book was that it felt too short despite the normal length for this genre. Things felt like they were happening too fast and that the end came barrelling at me out of nowhere. Maybe that was just me being so engrossed in the story though? The book really felt shorter than 352 pages.
I can’t help but roll my eyes at comments from other people about Kat being too brooding, depressed, and moody. Hello! Wake up people! She was a young woman, 18/19 to early 20’s when she was taken by a vampire count. Tortured. Watched as her brother was tortured and forcibly turned into a werewolf. Had the knowledge that her entire family, aside from her brother, and all her friends and neighbors were murdered because she was captured trying to kill this vampire and had her ID on her with her address. Then if that all was not bad enough. She is forced to watch as her brother is made to ingest vampire blood after he goes into a uncontrollable rage, killing a vampire. Vampire blood and werewolf blood don’t mix and he was turned into a mindless killing machine basically. THEN she is forcibly turned into a vampire. Now tell me, after going through all that, and not to mention living your entire life scared of being out after dark, that you’re going to be cheerful, happy, and full of jokes. Nope sorry. Kat has a lot on her conscience, she feels like the death of all those people is her fault, especially what happened to her brother, who was her best friend. The way Kat acts and reacts to those events is well in line with how anyone would act, actually she might handle it better than most, if they had been in her shoes.
If you’re looking for a lovely vampire romance story, you should just put this one down, because you are not going to get that here. If you’re looking for badass awesome vampires, you should pick it up, because you are going to get that. This is a little more on the darker, serious side, but it reminds me of back when vampires were dangerous creatures who went bump in the night.