Book Description :
Avalon Revisited is a dark, sexy novel set in Victorian England---a devious tale of love and sex, history and mystery, vampires and mad scientists, all with a healthy dose of steampunk gadgetry sure to appeal to fans of Soulless, Anita Blake, and True Blood.
Arthur Tudor has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur's shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance.
O.M. Grey’s “Avalon Revisited” a Steampunk paranormal adventure pulls no punches and grabbed my attention from the very first page. This book lives up to the author’s description of “Blood and debauchery”. True to the Steampunk genre this book is filled with gadgets, weapons and Creatures of the night.
The novel follows “Arthur York” a member of the Victorian elite, who has a dark secret. He just happens to be over three hundred years old and a vampire. Charming and arrogant Arthur revels in his lust for sex and blood, which is fueled by his loss of his previous life as” Arthur Tudor” the brother to Henry VIII. Arthur's pursuit of his prey leads him to an “Airship Gala” from where he meets “Avalon” who completely captivates him. In pursuing Avalon he finds himself smack dab in the middle of an investigation into the latest “Vampire killings”. Arthur must use all his wits about him to keep Avalon in his midst all the while not giving away his true identity.
The author has done a fantastic job at bringing the Victorian era to life along with the darker aspects of this era as well. Her descriptions of the Brothels & the "Chamber of Horrors" where the elite of Victorian society indulged themselves in the darker pleasures of the flesh will chill you to the bone. I sometimes found myself getting caught up in the detail and the descriptions that I found myself rereading to make sure I did not miss a thing. This attention to detail fed my imagination and I found myself riding an “Airship” for the first time and slaying vampires.
The book is written in the 1st person, from Arthur’s point of view, which was really quite enjoyable and extremely funny at times as we see him struggle with new found sense of love and much to his surprise a piece of his humanity. All the characters in the book slowly developed as the story progressed and by the end of the book were all an integral part of the story. The plot line is well paced from the very first page and never stops, and keeps you engaged, horrified and laughing out loud. I love O.M. Grey’s writing style and she her comedic timing was fantastic.
This was my first taste of the “Steampunk” genre and I loved this book! I do want to point out that this is a book for adults. So if you are looking for a dark adventure this book is for you! With that said I give “Avalon Revisited” 4.5 Stars.
O. M. Grey dreams of the dark streets of London and the decadent deeds that occur after sunset. She dons a tight corset, a fluffy bustle, and a teeny-tiny top hat for fantasy conventions where she enjoys meeting fans and participating on panels. Olivia prefers to live in the cobwebbed corners of her dark mind writing paranormal romance with a Steampunk twist.
Her premiere Steampunk Paranormal Romance novel, Avalon Revisited, is an Amazon.com Gothic Romance bestseller. She also writes short stories, relationship articles, and angsty poetry.
Ms. Grey is represented by the fabulous Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Agency.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, tending the garden, or drinking a hot cup of tea.
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Reviewed by Witchofthemist.