the Isle of Nyx and is feared and hated by the people of the
Rim Rocques. For countless years he has plundered ships,
seizing men, women and treasure. The only person that has
been his companion and lover for eons is the sorceress Arrah.
Arrah does not approve of the spoils from Jaden’s latest
raid. The captive treasure is Sarita, Princess of Aurora
Isle. Arrah has promised to destroy anyone that is a threat
to Jaden. It does not matter that the ruthless vampire is
more than capable of taking care of himself.
style of Storm-Singer is lyrical. The story
content recalls the voice and tone of early fantasy novels
that I enjoyed reading by authors Tanith Lee, C.L. Moore and
Marion Zimmer Bradley. The twist is that Jaden and Sarita
would be considered the bad guys in those stories, and
honestly speaking, they are not a loving, pleasant pair.
There is no romance, only dark, savage struggles of
passionate dominance and power.
character development is stronger than Jaden’s and Sarita’s,
which is nil. Jaden’s sexy and dynamic as any Master
vampire, yet with little depth. He wasn’t worthy of Arrah
and I couldn’t excuse his faults as vampire ‘quirks’. I
liked that Arrah had no illusions about him while commanding
his respect. Still, I wanted her to turn the tables on him
and seize absolute control. To some degree she does, but at
the price of self-betrayal. In this sense, she was unlike
the heroines I fell in love with that Ms. Lee, Ms. Moore and
Ms. Bradley created in their works. Ms. Bridger has a
character with potential in Arrah, and perhaps the give away
is the title, Storm-Singer, alluding to her
magical gifts. Arrah is obviously the star of the show,
which for me redeemed this story.