Monday, April 15, 2013

Review - Death's Servant

Title: Death's Servant (The V V Inn, First Prequel Book)
Author: C.J. Ellisson
Source: Author Furnished
Genre: Urabn Fantasy
Length: Novella - approx 120 pgs
Reviewed by Douglas C. Meeks


Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his alpha one too many times. After another argument he leaves the Manitoba pack, his only home since the werewolf attack that changed his life. He returns to his home state of Virginia to start a new life free of pack politics. Jon finds work and meets a young waitress, Raine, who appears to be a lone werewolf, too.

As their relationship progresses, Jon’s embroiled in more intrigue than he bargained for and a danger bigger than he can handle. He's running scared until his own alpha tendencies surface, making him unable to leave the pretty werewolf’s problems behind. The young man is desperate to save Raine—even if his efforts may lead him straight to death.

Journey along in this first prequel novel involving the favorite characters from the bestselling V V Inn series. Written at reader demand, this stand-alone story explains how the beloved Jonathan came to serve the deadly redheaded vampire, Dria.




Well let me get one thing out of the way, I tend to dislike prequels since a lot of the mystery is lost and you kind of know the ultimate outcome so it is hard to get excited about them …. usually.

This prequel for the VV Inn series is a bit different since we never really had much of a back story on the characters and the plot here is much more interesting than almost any prequel I can think of that I have read in the past.

Jon is pretty much the most important person in the VV Inn books after Dria and Rafe and this is his story and how he comes to become the “right-hand man” of the VV Inn.

The story grabs your attention from page one, the action and hurt are almost immediate and the story proceeds from there to a bit slower pace for a few pages but the groundwork for the mystery part is being laid.

The story proceeds to a quest for Jon to save werewolves and a female in particular that he has found are being captured and tortured and he can’t do it himself and other of his kind have been reluctant to assist.

So what do you do? You go looking for the biggest, baddest, vampire you can find and into the story steps Dria and Rafe mostly by fate and chance.

The story of rescue, tragedy and bonding is done exceptionally well, so well in fact that a time or two you actually get worried about Jon (even though you know he is in the later books DUH). That tends to speak of good writing in my book.

Bottom Line: Great story, great writing and if you have not read the VV Inn books, maybe this would be a great place to start and if you have it was still great. Win-win it appears and 5 Stars from me.

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  1. You nailed it on your review. Very few prequels fill the bill, but C J writes great stories, builds intensity and keeps you wanting more. I loved getting the down low on Jon. I have more respect for Rafe and Dria's relationship with Jon even more now that his story's been told.

  2. I love C.J.'s books, The VV Inn series is one of my favorites ! I love Rafe & Dria and now my curiosity is appeased for Jon and his history with Dria & Rafe,I always wondered about how that came to be. I loved your review because it hit the key points of the story without giving away the storyline.

  3. I was so excited to read this prequel! I absolutely love Jon and C.J. does and amazing job of drawing you in. I am like you and typically don't like prequels, but this one was amazing.

  4. a very nicely written review. I really liked how I also got more of an idea who Dria and Rafe were even though this was Jon's story. I plan to now reread all the books starting with the one and watch C.j. build their world. She is an exceptional author.

  5. Very nice review I love how on a blog the person blogging gets straight to the point. I am so excited to re-read all of the VV Inn books.

  6. Great review. I think you really hit the nail on the head with this one. C.J. is an amazing author that just knows how to get her readers' attention and hold it throughout the entire story. It's always so exciting knowing another book is coming out and until there is, I just re-read the ones I already have.

  7. Very nicely written review! I have always loved Dria and Rafe and knowing a bit about their history was amazing. Getting Jon's story told only adds more respect for the lone Alpha and the things he does to protect other Were's. It was an incredible prequel to the series! I can't wait to see what next in the series!

  8. Your review was very nicely written. Loved the book!


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