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Friday, March 30, 2012

Into the Mists Forever by Rosemary Laurey

Into the Mists Forever by Rosemary Laurey
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Water Lily

In fourth century Britain, regimental surgeon Justinius Corvus encounters a local woman called Gwyltha and assumes she is the wife of some local chieftain. When they meet again during an epidemic, he learns she is a local healer. What he does not learn is she is an ancient one—a vampire. After a heated and passionate encounter, she disappears and, despite his efforts, Justinius learns little about her until she reappears to him when he’s wounded in the field of battle. He then understands the true nature of his lover…when she gives him eternity.

Into the Mists Forever, the prelude to Ms. Laurey’s Forever vampire series, has me hungering for more.

Don’t let the modern look of the cover confuse you, this short is set in fourth century Britain. I love how Ms. Laurey handles vampires in this story. They aren’t the standard blood-thirsty, lusty creatures of the night we are familiar with. She calls them “the Timeless” and they apparently have no problems with daylight or the general populous’ fear-factor. In fact, people seem to like her and respect her, probably because she’s a healer who ministers to the people—a people she considers her own, under her protection.

Gwyltha is well-rounded and real with well-motivated actions. Roman healer, Justinius Corvus, is also a nicely fleshed out character. The level of character development and the way the story ends makes Into the Mists Forever read more like a character study than a true short story, but that works well since it appears that the purpose of the story is to hook the reader on the characters so they’ll buy the upcoming Forever series. It worked for me. I’m hooked.

I don’t know how Into the Mists Forever relates to Ms. Laurey’s present Vampire series which also use the word “forever” in the title. I do know that if the Forever series is about Gwyltha and Justinius, I’ll be grabbing the first one for sure. I hope you’ll pick up Into the Mists Forever and enjoy meeting Gwyltha and Justinius as much as I did.