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If you have been following the Black Swan series you will know that everything that has happened in the first two books, My Familiar Stranger and The Witches Dream leads to the events in The Vampire’s Confessor. This sizzling story of loves won and lost weaves a tale of magic, mystery and intrigue with each individual book telling its own love story.
The Vampire’s Confessor Takes the Characters Deeper
But to get the true insight of each character, I really recommend starting at the beginning. This is especially true when looking at the gestalt of the whole group and how they interact. The relationships among them are vital and frankly what makes this series so enjoyable. The first book sets the tale with our introduction of our main characters (right down to the dog) and the next book brings in secondary characters to add flavor to the plot. This third book mixes them to just the right amount for a wonderful series filled with intelligent, caring and often humorous beings.
Baka Gets His Turn
For those of us who have been following the series, you will be pleased to find out that in this book we follow Baka’s story. A bit darker than the previous two books in the series, it lends just the right sense of gravity and yet brings us more intimately into Baka and his life story. For many of us, this is the story we have been waiting for, and are more than amply rewarded here.
For this is one vampire who has a story to tell of the man he once was and how he came to be the character we met in My Familiar Stranger. As usual with all of Danann’s stories, the sensual is nicely balanced with the human touches to make us all feel like these are characters we know and care deeply about.
Sookie is being tested by the fairies for her “luminescence”. If the fae light passes through her, she’s more fairy than human. They determine that she has a finite amount of magic in her and the more she uses it, the more she becomes human. Sookie seems to like the idea of having no magic and being simply human – no more vampire stalkers or mind reading.
Sam furiously sniffs the air, trying to locate any items linked to the shifter snipers. He gets another deputy to pull down a box full of Obama masks. Figures, the idiots are wearing those as they murder people. Sam then proceeds to roll around on the floor as the female deputy looks askance at him. He tells her there are five or six of them and he smells bad diets, hate and envy; which prompts the deputy to ask – is there something I need to know about you Mr. Merlotte?
Hoyt is drinking crappy beer with the loser dudes who rescued him from his terminal throat sucking by a vampire in the alley. They are all about blaming the media for the rise of the subculture and it’s a good ole’ boy session of vampire bashing. It’s kind of scary – Hoyt says he feels more love and acceptance from this hate group than he’s ever felt in church. Is this a statement on our society? Are people so desperate for acceptance that they will do whatever it takes to have their peer group love them? They tell Hoyt that Jessica hypnotized him and it was date rape. It’s sad what a bad breakup can do to somebody.
Arlene is watching her wedding video and Terry is so sweet in it. It’s a little sad to see – Hoyt and Jessica were very obviously still in love; Jesus was alive and he and Lafayette were so happy together; Jason was chasing out-of-town women. Arlene starts crying and Holly tells her not to give up on Terry.
Lafayette drives up to Jesus’ uncle’s house, ready for a confrontation. The door is open and he walks in, coming upon Jesus’ head in a chair. It’s his real head and the lips are sewn shut. The uncle comes up behind him with a gun and says Jesus gave away their family’s demon to Lafayette and it belongs back with him. Lafayette spits in his face.
Tara is pole dancing in a shiny leather bikini at Fangtasia; Tara looks amazing – what a body. Pam watches her from the throne chair with her hair looking as if she stuck her finger in a light socket. Not sure what that look is all about. Tara’s mother comes to the club, just to tell her daughter that she no longer exists for her now that she’s a vampire. What a bitch, she couldn’t just send an email?
Salome gives everyone a lesson on Lilith and her ability to forgive vampire sins while the remaining council unhappily looks on. She says that Russell is forgiven by Lilith and he proceeds to loudly endorse his new goddess. He’s a perfect caricature of a religious person who hypocritically spouts doctrine and then acts the opposite, only to ask for forgiveness. He’s perfect in this role. They all proceed to drink Lilith’s blood. Steve Newlin lets them know that he’s so happy to be included in with the vampire upper echelon.
The next thing you see, all the vampires are walking around the streets like a bunch of 60′s hippies high on acid. Fangs are out and they’re reaching for invisible things in the air. Steve Newlin flirts with Russell who brushes him off. They are all wasted and have turned into obnoxious, rude jerks who terrorize the humans they meet.
The witch doctor has Lafayette tied to a chair with his mouth sewn shut. Ouch! His pregnant wife lies on the ground – they are going to take the demon out of Lafayette and put it into the baby. Lafayette is defiant to the end. Just as he is about to be killed, the wife picks up a knife and stabs the uncle to death. That’s a surprise.
A karaoke party at a bar is broken up by Russell appearing on the stage with the singer who is belting out “You Light Up My Life”. The rest of the vampires appear, attacking everyone at the party. They drain all the humans and leave them lying dead on the floor. A glowing light gets their attention and they all look up to see a woman rise up from a pool of blood. It’s Lilith in all her nude glory. She issues a high pitched screech causing the vampires to return to their human gorge-fest, except for Eric. Godric appears to him and tells him that what they are doing is wrong and Eric has to be the one to save his sister, Nora.
Jason stops in to visit Jessica who’s in her bedroom sucking on some random guy’s leg. He wants to talk about the deaths of his parents. Jessica says that all vampires are not the same. They start kissing and Jason says “there’s blood on your mouth”. He totally freaks out that she kissed him with someone else’s blood on her lips, causing him to state “no, all vampires are the same”. They start screaming insults at each other and she jumps on him, biting down hard – he pulls out his gun and shoots her in the head. Shooters run in, ready to kill but Jessica kicks him out.
Walking to his car, Jason sees lights flashing in the woods and he heads over. Sookie is at her house, sending out endless flashes of fairy light in order to deplete her finite magic. She wants to lose her fae-ness and it looks like she might have found just the way to do it.
Last season ended with Tara getting shot as she tried to save Sookie from a raging Debbie Pelt. To begin season 5 of True Blood, Lafayette runs down to help Sookie when he hears the shot. He’s devastated when he sees Tara dead on the floor. When Pam races in looking for Eric, Lafayette begs her to turn Tara, even though she’s lost half her head from the shotgun blast. Pam haughtily refuses to assist.
Only after Sookie says she’ll owe Pam a huge favor if she’ll just please turn her best friend does Pam rip her wrist and feed vampire blood to Tara. This is probably not going to end well, the woman who despises vampires is now about to become one?
Bill and Eric are busy cleaning up after their bloodfest which took down Nan Flanagan and her cohorts. They hear Sookie’s scream of agony over Tara’s death and they race out to try to save her – only to be caught by soldiers from the Vampire Authority. The Authority carts off Bill and Eric in silver nets with their skin steaming.
Steve, the former leader of the Church of the Sun, is now a vampire and he stops by to see Jason who answers the door nude. Steve makes puppy dog eyes at Jason, saying he was turned as a punishment and he doesn’t have any of the vampire skills he needs. Jason is initially very wary of Steve but then he gets glamored and the next thing Jason knows, he’s tied to a chair and Steve is declaring his love for him. Steve is out of the closet – he says he’s a gay vampire American.
Sam is surrounded by a bunch of growling werewolves who are looking for Marcus, they know he is dead and they blame Sam and Alcide for his murder. Sam quickly changes into a bird and flies away to Luna’s house. When they track him down, Sam confesses to murdering Marcus even though he didn’t do it.
Now that Pam has fed her blood to Tara, they must be buried together to complete the vampire process. Sookie thinks Pam is not trying hard enough to help Tara but Pam points out that she’s wearing a Wal-Mart sweatsuit for them, if that’s not dedication, she doesn’t know what is. Pam still looks great, even in polyester.
Jason is totally under-whelmed by Steve’s declaration of love and that makes his new admirer angry. He’s about to make a snack of Jason when Jessica shoots in the door and announces that she is the older vampire in the room and promptly throws Steve out. That’s probably the only time a woman will loudly announce to a room that she’s older than a man.
Sookie remembers getting beat up in school and how it was Tara who came to her aid. She cries in the shower, regretting the fact that they had to make Tara a vampire. Later, Alcide comes to see her and she spies a Debbie Pelt tooth lying on the floor which she discreetly covers up. He tells her that Russell is on the loose again and he will be after her. She thought Russell was dead and Alcide lets her in on the fact that both Bill and Eric knew the former king was buried alive.
Sam is getting beaten by the werewolves in their search for Marcus’ body. A new woman arrives on the scene, she’s older, and she says her name is Martha. Sam is strapped to a post and they are whipping him. Martha promises that if Sam will lead them to Marcus’ body, she will spare Luna and her daughter.
Bill and Eric are locked in the trunk of a car when they manage to escape. Surprisingly, the female guard kills the other guard and then she and Eric start kissing passionately while Bill looks on slightly shocked. He tells Bill that it’s his sister, Nora – yuck! The two of them start going at it against the wall of a cargo container while Bill leans against the other side, unfortunately having to listen to their groans and grunts of passion. Incest at its best…
Eric’s fun is interrupted by a call from Alcide that causes him major concern and then the scene quickly switches to someone dragging a human along a dirty floor and throwing him into a room then shutting the door. Next, blood splashes across a window as screams of terror are heard. Is this why Alcide is calling Eric?
Arlene and Terry are entertaining one of Terry’s old friends, Patrick, who puts him on edge because he knows the ‘old’ Terry. Terry asks Patrick to just go home. Patrick explains that several members of their squad have had fires and some have died. Patrick says you know these fires have to do with what happened in Iraq. Terry wants Patrick gone now so he walks away.
To save Luna and Emma, Sam takes the werewolves to Marcus’ body and Alcide shows up to save Sam. To honor their dead pack master, they start to eat Marcus’ body, starting with Martha, who is Marcus’ mother. That’s quite a visual.
Nora, Bill and Eric meet up with folks who give them new identifies and they are about to leave for freedom when the Vampire Authority descends and kills everyone but the three of them. They are truly caught now.
Sookie and Layfayette are sitting by Tara’s grave with some True Blood when Pam emerges. She grabs a bottle of True Blood as Sookie digs into the dirt to reach Tara who looks quite dead. Sookie starts crying and Lafayette is devastated. Just then, Tara shoots out of the ground with vampire speed and goes for Sookie who screams Lafayette’s name. Perhaps now she regrets wishing her old friend back so much?
The destruction of the Tolerance Festival is still underway as episode ten of True Blood begins. An Antonia controlled Eric moves in to kill Bill but Sookie intervenes with one of her light shots. This basically ends the killing spree but much to Sookie’s chagrin, Eric remembers everything about himself and his intense relationship with her. It looks like bad Eric is back and Antonia is out an automaton.
On the balcony looking down, Antonia is overcome with grief at the devastation and death she has caused. She disappears with Roy while Nan tries to work one of her public relations miracles. She was smart enough to knock down all the cameras as it started so now it is time for some damage control. It will take some major glamouring to make everyone forget this fiasco.
Tommy is not doing so well after Alcide intervenes in the fight with Marcus and his buddies. He’s obviously dying and he tells Alcide to take him home, which is Merlotte’s. Sam watches Tommy die and immediately asks Alcide to go with him to get revenge. I was surprised Alcide agreed but he did. Little do they know that Marcus is at Alcide’s house trying to put the moves on Debbie whose appears to be more than happy to oblige.
Antonia returns to the trapped witches back at Moon Goddess with two vampire captives. It is here that we learn that maybe it is not Antonia that has gone off the deep end but Marnie. Antonia wants to stop killing but Marnie talks her into continuing their quest to kill all vampires. Meanwhile, the trapped witches want to try a spell to get away but Tara is not sure she can do it.
Sookie and Eric are not too comfortable together now that Eric remembers everything. He tries to reassure her that nothing has changed but she cannot get past the “I love you both” thing with Bill and Eric despises that – how is it possible that she loves both of them? He insists that she is his and he loves her. Pam shows up happy to see the old Eric back but she’s none to happy that he did not call for her immediately – it’s obvious he prefers Sookie and Pam does not like that.
As most addicts do, Andy has gotten sloppy with his V and Arlene and Terry found it. Terry decided enough is enough and, being that he is an ex-addict himself, he decides to pull an intervention and take him to their old tree house called Fort Bellefluer. They begin the therapy with gun shooting which seems a bit unwise but it gets Andy talking about his problem. They eventually come to an understanding and a crying Andy swears off the V.
Nan questions Bill on Sookie’s powers and he dismisses her. All the vampires go back to the basement chained up in case the witches try to kill them again but their bickering continues. Sookie, Jason, Lafayette, and Jesus go to the Moon Goddess and try to use Sookie’s telepathic powers to understand what is going on inside. Jesus thinks he can reach Marnie and that she just needs help. He does not know she has become the mastermind and she convinced Antoinia to stay inside her body when Antonia was appalled at the earlier carnage at the festival. Jesus goes in first but the protection spell around the store is too strong to pass through until his demon helper pops out long enough to get him through. Antonia is impressed with his magical skills.
Tara and Holly are actually able to pull off a spell to escape and just as Antonia notices, she goes after them. Sookie and Lafayette run forward to help and as the four meet, Antonia casts another spell that makes everybody disappear except Jason who gets left behind. The end of the episode has the vamp squad (Jessica, Bill, Eric, and Pam) all decked out in black leather and pulling up outside of Moon Goddess ready to kick some serious butt. It will be interesting to see who wins this latest round – can ammunition beat out magic?
True Blood’s last episode left viewers with another cliffhanger as Sookie got shot in the middle of the vampire witch battle. Bill knew it had happened immediately but his fear for Sookie allowed him to be trapped by the witches wielding silver chains which they wrap around his throat. Eric is under Antonia’s control so he was no help, he only does what the witch tells him to do. Will this be the end of Sookie?
Thankfully Alcide saved the day. The conundrum though was Alcide’s girlfriend, Debbie, was in the shadows watching right after she and Alcide agreed he would never help Sookie again. So, as episode nine begins, Alcide has made it back to Sookie’s house to try and save her but Bill arrives at super vampire speed to try and give her some of his healing blood. She is not drinking though and there is a moment of fear for Alcide and Bill as they actually think she might die. Enough so that Bill mentions maybe they should pray.
Having Bill’s blood again does finally save her but there are some interesting consequences as she later starts to have dreams of both Eric and Bill having their way with her – basically it’s a threesome – and Sookie is the one in control. It seems at least in her dreams she wants to have her cake and eat it too (no pun intended…).
Alcide finally washes his hands of Sookie when she recovers and demands everyone start looking for Eric. She never seems to learn but it certainly makes Alcide angry. Debbie shows up at Sookie’s door and forms an uneasy alliance with Sookie. Debbie’s job is to break into the magic shop with her to try and rescue Eric.
Lafayette has been possessed by the ghost woman, Mavis, and she stole Arlene’s son right out from under the nose of Andy, Terry and Arlene. Lafayette/Mavis also took Andy’s gun during the kidnapping process and ends up shooting at Jason and Andy when they come to get back Mikey. This leads to a showdown outside the house where Hoyt lives because that was the house the ghost lived in when she was alive.
Jesus arrives and tries to convince Mavis that she has taken over a man’s body and that it is not hers to keep. This whole side story with Mavis confused me at first before I finally realized that all Mavis wants is closure for herself and her baby who was taken away from her. She simply wanted to see her son again and she finally understands what she has done – taken another’s woman’s baby away – and she gives baby Mikey back to Arlene. Jesus and the crew find Mavis and her son buried under a tree and they hand the skeleton of her son over to her. She cradles the baby skeleton and this gives Mavis some closure and she disappears. I guess that’s the end of that storyline. Will Mikey be normal now? Will we have to see that ugly baby doll again?
Jason goes to visit Hoyt and finds him packing a monster box for Jessica. All of her belongings are in it and Hoyt tells Jason to give it to her. Jason is reluctant at first but finally agrees. His primal side cannot resist Jessica as they get it on in the back of his truck. Whew – I was worried there was going to be a woman in Bon Temps that Jason hadn’t slept with, I guess that worry is over.
Tommy impersonates Sam to meet with Marcus and gets his butt whooped for his brother. I suppose this is his way of atoning for sleeping with Luna when he impersonated Sam. He looks pretty bad, they kept kicking him when he was down. If Alcide hadn’t intervened, I’m sure they would have killed him.
The Tolerance Festival begins and I have to admit even I was sort of glad when the witch attack began, this episode was getting kind of boring. Sookie shows up screaming Bill’s name to warn him but she’s probably to late since Antonia has Eric on her side now. Can Bill survive this latest attack?
True Blood opens up with Jessica well on her way to becoming a big pile of vampire ash. She’s under Antonia’s spell and it’s driving her into the sun. She throws open the doors to the daylight and Jason tackles her back away from the sun. She’s pissed and she starts growling at him – don’t ever get between a vampire and what they want, even if it is the sun. She’s about to rip his throat out when the witch coven stops chanting and the spell is broken. Now Jessica and Jason are all lovey-dovey with each other.
Like the other vampires who work for Bill, Eric is down in his cubby wrapped in silver chains to stop him from going into the sun. As night approaches, Sookie joins him and he tells her to rip the silver off of him quickly in order to get it over with. She resists but he says to do it so rip them off she does. It’s pretty gross. And now he needs blood to recover his strength. Sookie offers him her blood but only after admonishing him to not hurt her.
The leader of the werewolves in this area is Marcus, the scraggly haired pack leader who used to be married to Luna. He’s the jealous ex-husband that she has told Sam about. He instructs his pack to not engage in the vampire – witch conflict. Their fights do not concern the werewolves.
Luna is still mad at Sam for his brother’s bad behavior. He tries to apologize and let her know that Tommy is no longer in his family but she’s not going for it. It’s not until her daughter pulls Sam into the house that Luna relents and it looks like he is forgiven. The three of them are having a little family party when Marcus comes by unannounced and he’s pissed to see another man in Luna’s house. Marcus challenges Sam to a future fight as he unwillingly leaves.
Jessica is pretty busy in this episode. She breaks up with Hoyt and he’s crying and whining and begging her to love him again. That he will die if she leaves him. And she replies, “then DIE”, whereby she smashes his head against the counter, killing him. Wow – sweet, vulnerable Jessica has turned into one hardass bitch. Oh wait, it’s just a dream, which you find out when she is woken up by a blood donor that Bill sent down to revive her after she almost met the sun. I didn’t think they would kill off Hoyt quite so quickly.
The police are investigating the apparent suicide of a local vampire. Andy wants some of the vampire goo for himself to get his V fix but Jason talks him “off the ledge”. Andy bonds with Jason, talking about how the only time he is successful is when he is high, to which Jason replies, “Huh, I stopped listening.”
Unlike her dream, when Jessica does finally end it with Hoyt (no dream this time), he just yells for a bit then rescinds his invitation and she’s thrown out of his house. She ends up on the porch crying bloody tears everywhere.
Sookie and Eric exchanged blood and now they are having all these hallucinations of snowing in the shower and a bed in the woods. Either way, they don’t care because they are all about having sex, sex, and more sex. They are chatting in bed after yet another marathon sex session and Eric tells Sookie he just wants the two of them to run away. Sookie says that they have to stay and pledge their allegiance to Bill. So they go visit him and they both do their little pledge thing.
The ghost who is always visiting Mikey comes to Lafayette in a dream and he sees that she was a beautiful young woman from the past who was having an affair with a married man. The woman had bought her child a baby doll (now we know the origin of that nasty baby doll that keeps turning up) in town and she was returning from the store when she finds out the man killed her baby and it looks like he killed her too. Now, the woman’s spirit possesses Lafayette and he goes to where Arelene and Terry are staying, at Andy’s house, to take Mikey for her own.
The fight is on when the vampires meet the witches in the Bon Temps cemetery at midnight. But, it looks like the witches win this round as this episode of True Blood ends with Antonia making Eric into her lap dog and Bill getting silvered around the neck. When Sookie gets shot, that’s icing on the cake for the witches. She slowly collapses to the ground and you wonder who is going to save her. Surprise, surprise, it’s Alcide who swoops in and saves her and he’s now involved in the war against his pack leader’s express order. We wrap as Debbie watches her lover carry off the woman he swears he does not care for…yeah, right.
True Blood episode 11 starts with a real bang as Bill arrives at Fangtasia, demanding to know where Eric is because he feels Sookie’s fear – remember, last week ended with Eric locking her up in his basement. Pam and Bill face off in full vampire style and she sprays him in the eyes with liquid silver. Sookie is let out of the basement by one of the dancers and she races up the stairs and loops a silver chain around Pam’s neck, saving Bill.
Lafayette and Jesus are discussing their awesome V trip when Lafayette sees Jesus’ face turn into a demon mask. He is totally freaked out and sends Jesus away. Jason is another one who is freaked out – he listens to Crystal try to explain her were-panther origins but he doesn’t want to hear it and he walks out, saying he’s going to look for Sookie.
Hoyt and Jessica are going at it hot and heavy until she stops him to confess that she killed a trucker in an orgy of blood lust. Hoyt offers himself up to her and she starts to nibble on his body. Then, the vampire takes over and she drives her teeth into his neck. He seems to like it.
Russell is at the art museum looking at one of Talbot’s favorite paintings when Eric arrives. The vampire king is really missing his consort and he wants to know why Eric killed him. Eric explains the loss of his family at the hands of Russell 1,000 years before. Russell is ready to kill him then and there until Eric offers him the sun. Russell is intrigued enough to let him live for the moment and the two of them take off.
Sookie and Bill are driving away and he spends the trip trying to downgrade Eric in Sookie’s eyes. Bill wants to start again and she says that yes, she wants to as well. Sam arrives at Merlotte’s drunk and abusive and he takes it out on everyone around them. Sam and Tommy argue in the hall and Sam fires him. Tommy’s distraught and tries to apologize but Sam will have none of it. He then proceeds to throw everyone out of Merlotte’s.
Tara goes to Merlotte’s and sees Andy. She’s just come from the graveyard where she was crying over Eggs. Andy is uncomfortable and Tara tells him that she knows all about Andy’s fraud. She calls him a liar, a murderer. Jason killed him and Andy covered it up. Andy is so, so sorry.
Sookie and Bill are fantasizing about a perfect future together as they drive down the road, when Eric and Russell drop down in front of them, vampire style, bringing the car to a halt. Eric tells Bill to hit him and they fake fight until Russell takes Sookie into Fangtasia. Eric’s got a plan.
Arlene is out in the woods with the witch where she plans to get rid of her baby. She is determined that Renee will not pass his evil sickness onto the world. She puts a drop of her blood into the tea and drinks it down. Arlene dreams that her Mom is calling her but it’s just Terry calling her name. There’s blood all over the sheets and Terry is freaking out. She’s relieved; it looks like she’s losing the baby. But then they arrive at the hospital the doctor comes in and lets them know there’s still a baby on board.
Russell is very doubtful that Sookie is a fairy. Eric says she’s a human-fairy hybrid and Sookie denies it but Bill speaks up and says yes – Sookie is a fairy, he never told her. She screams that she hates them all. Eric says that if Russell drinks her blood, he can walk in the sun. Russell tells Eric to go first and Bill warns them not to drain her day.
Eric is slowly starting to drink her blood when Russell impatiently grabs her arm and starts gulping. Then Eric starts in as well while Bill and Pam look on. Next thing we see is Eric walking outside in the daylight, feeling the sun on his vampire face. Russell watches on the camera as Eric stands in the sun and he races out to join him. Bill begs them to let him go so he can feed Sookie before she dies.
Russell and Eric are out in the sun but we see that Eric is starting to smoke. Russell does not realize that the fairy blood is wearing off and they will die in the sun. Episode 11 of True Blood ends with Eric slapping some silver handcuffs onto Russell – now they are both stuck and will die together in the sun.
Title: The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legend 4)
Author: L.A. Banks
Release Date: January, 2011
Genre: Urban Vampire
She is a woman who lives between pleasure and pain – the pure, scintillating pleasure of the flesh and the kind of pain that has rocked the world and left it strewn with chaos set to a hip-hop beat. Her name is Damali Richards. And when she makes love to a master vampire, it changes everything in a struggle between good and evil – with the future of humanity hanging in the balance. In L.A. Banks’ astounding new VAMPIRE HUNTRESS novel, an unforgettable scene of seduction touches off a violent race around the world – and into a realm beneath us. For Damali, once a pawn, has been given a new, pulsating power of her own – having been bitten by lover and vampire extraordinaire Carlos Rivera. Between them, they know how high the stakes have risen. A powerful lord of darkness has hijacked a mystical key containing the blood of Christ. And for a world where blood runs like a river, one drop of this blood will be the end …THE BITTEN.