Stalked by a cruel and relentless vampire, Charlotte is on the run. Fleeing the city, the powers of magick her only protection, she couldn’t afford to fall for the hot modern prospector Pike Mahonen. Can she avoid temptation in a small town, to keep them both safe?
You all know how I hate to read a series out of order but once again, I have fallen victim to my own poor research L So, it is after reading and loooooving the first two full-length novels in The Talbot Trilogy that I find myself reading and reviewing the trilogy’s prequel, Mist and Midnight.
As The Talbot Trilogy continues, Charlotte Fanning is playing a larger role but Mist and Midnight is Charlotte’s story and how she came to Talbot in the first place. More importantly, Mist and Midnight is the story of how de Sade, the sadistic vampire who has been nothing short of evil came to Talbot. After a total bad luck run in with de Sade during an evening out with her friends, Charlotte has spent the better part of the last year doing her very best to protect herself and her family from the pure unadulterated evil that is de Sade. In a last ditch effort to protect her family, Charlotte has abandoned her home and her work and is moving to the remote town of Talbot. Though she has taken every precaution, de Sade is very old and very clever and so very stowed away on the train that is taking Charlotte to her new home.
Pike Mahonen is finally ready to settle down. With no family and a lust for adventure, Pike has spent the better part of his life travelling the world and living his life to the fullest. He has a fondness for adrenaline rushes and beautiful women and his desire for Charlotte Fanning is instantaneous. Inconceivably, Charlotte is immune to Pike’s charms and so, he makes himself almost constantly visible to her as they both settle in to life in Talbot. Though she doesn’t want to endanger anyone else, Charlotte is drawn to Pike and before long the two are “seeing” one another. Given his extreme level of evil, de Sade is absolutely opposed to any man other than himself touching Charlotte and so, he makes his presence known in a most spectacular way. For obvious reasons, Charlotte is forced to explain the situation to Pike and he, unbelievably believes her and resolves to help her take out the ginormous evil that is de Sade.
The Bottom Line: I am such a huge fan of backstory and history that I knew I was going to like this novella length read. Charlotte is becoming more important as The Talbot Trilogy continues so to know how she and de Sade got to Talbot and how she met Pike was quite interesting for me. The only thing holding my star rating at 4 rather than my standard 5 for this series is the sort of unfinished feel to this read. The two full-length novels in this series are beautifully written and edited and I have come to expect a very polished and smooth read form Ridgewood. Mist and Midnight doesn’t have that same feel and it made some of the reading a bit choppy. Even with the choppiness and unfinished feeling, I still enjoyed this read and would certainly recommend it to readers of The Talbot Trilogy.
P.S. Even though I don’t like reading a series out of order, even I have to admit that Mist and Midnight can be read as a standalone and reading it after having read the first two full-length novels was not an issue at all.
After her first heartbreak, Tori found solace in two things: reading romance novels and listening to an after-dark radio program called Lovers and Other Strangers. Throughout the summer and fall of 1990, the new kid in town found reading fiction and writing her own short stories gave her a much needed creative outlet. Determined to become a published author, Tori amassed stacks of notebooks and boxes of filed-away stories, most only half-finished before another idea would overtake her and demand to be written down. Then, while on parental leave with her second baby, one story formed and refused to be packed away. Between teaching full-time, parenting, and life in general, it would take almost seven years before the first novel in her first trilogy would be completed. In the process, Tori finally found her stride as a writer.
At present, on her off-time, Tori not only enjoys reading, but also listening to an eclectic mix of music as she walks the family dog (Skittles), attempts to turn her thumb green, or makes needlework gifts for her friends and family members. She loves to travel, collect and make miniature furniture, and a good cup of tea during a thunderstorm or a blizzard. Under it all, she is always intrigued by history, the supernatural, vampire and shapeshifter mythology, romance, and other dangers.