The Day of the Dead features Tomas, a character from the Cassandra Palmer novels, who was last seen cooling his heels in Faerie. He’ll show up again in the series, but what about in the meantime? What does a powerful, four-hundred-year-old vampire with a serious grudge against his old mass murdering master to do when he suddenly finds himself with too much time on his hands? Hang around Faerie, where there’s nothing to eat (Fey blood=nasty) just because our intrepid heroine parked him there?
Uh, no. Not so much.
Because Tomas is obsessed, and has been for pretty much his whole existence, with one thing: taking out Alejandro, the aforementioned murdering bastard. In The Day of the Dead, he slips back into our world to confront his nemesis, only to find unexpected help in the form of a band of magical mercenaries. Think the A-Team with spells and potions instead of (well, actually in addition to) guns and knives and things that go boom. It makes for a lot of mayhem down Mexico way.
NOTE: The Day of the Dead is a short story connected to the New York Times bestselling Cassandra Palmer series of urban fantasy novels. It was first published in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (2008) and is now being offered as a free ebook. It features Tomas, a character from Touch the Dark (2006), the first Cassandra Palmer novel.
If the dead were ever to be avenged, it was up to him to do it.
And after four hundred years, they’d waited long enough.
The story is set in Mexico, on El Día de la Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.
The Day of the Dead is meant literally here, as Alejandro sets up a bloody hunting ritual, massacring several hundreds of humans for fun every year.
Sarah, who is a jinx, is here to find her brother, who was kidnapped by the men of Alejandro.
Tomas and Sarah make an alliance, and sink into the underground caverns of Alejandro’s residence, where they find a truly unexpected help.
The story is fast-paced, spooky, with ancient Incan kings, some magic and erotica. I always liked Tomas, and here you get more likeable aspects about his character. I’m glad he has finally found peace and freedom.
Tomas looked up at her face, surrounded by stars, and for the first time in longer than he could remember, he saw a future.
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