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DETAILS: Emancipation: A Civil War Vampire Novel, Book One of The Thirsty Ones, by Pauline Ray. Copyright 2012. Historical fantasy.
SUMMARY: When plantation owner's daughter Ella Lantry's child with her slave boyfriend is taken away from her, she is determined to get him back; even if it means teaming up with the vampires that roam the land.
PROS: This book was fast-paced and engaging. It was a combination vampire-alternate history book which I found unique in many ways. I liked the character of Ella who is a little innocent, but vengeful to a max. The story makes sense, the character's motivations are well thought out.
CONS: Some of the black slaves talk in such thick dialect that it can be hard to read. I could have done without some of that. Also some of the violence and cruelty perpetrated by the white plantation owners, while possibly realistic, was hard to stomach. This book is the first in a trilogy and the end left quite a bit hanging, which I didn't like.
BOTTOM LINE: A good, unique historical vampire book. Three stars out of five.