Jacob Green has spent his life searching
for purpose, but the day he saw Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu
Wentworth he knew he had found his destiny. He disregarded
the fact that he was a vampire hunter and that he had no way
of entering her world. Jacob would find a way to fulfill his
destiny and spend his life serving Lady Lyssa. However, when
his dream becomes reality, he finds that his life is now a
constant struggle within himself: Jacob must renounce all he
considers as “himself” and exist only as an extension to Lady
Lyssa or he must walk away.
Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is
the last remaining vampire of royal blood. Her life is spent
protecting herself from attacks from other vampires and
keeping the façade of indifference to all the posturing of
lesser vampires. The day she lets her guard down --even for a
moment-- it could mean her death. However, these last years
she has been fighting a foe that can’t be defeated and must be
faced alone, or so she thinks. When Jacob enters her world,
Lady Lyssa has no idea how to take what he is clearly offering
her; not without condemning Jacob to death. However, if Lady
Lyssa does accept Jacob as her human servant, she must mold
him to survive within the vampire world, something which might
drive Jacob away form her.
When I was first offered this book for
review I was delighted, as I had enjoyed books by Joey Hill in
the past. The Vampire Queen’s Servant is a book
that is very well written and it evolves in the complex world
of vampire society which is interesting in a horrifying way.
However, I have to say that this book was difficult to for me
to read for several reasons. The relationship that develops
between Lady Lyssa and Jacob goes beyond your typical BDSM
explored in mainstream erotica. In The Vampire Queen’s
Servant, we see Jacob struggle against becoming not
much more than an obedient dog capable of performing complex
tricks and providing sexual pleasure when Lady Lyssa demands.
It also bothered me that rape was considered a spectator sport
serving to arouse the watchers and physical torture (read
broken bones and the like) was something utilized as easily as
a hanky for no other purpose than proving who held the power.
Jacob’s thoughts at times seemed, to me, to reflect what we
typically hear from abused spouses: it hurt, I don’t like it,
but I deserved it. I was completely unable to live the story
from the character’s perspective in order to understand their
motivations. It was these things that made it very hard for
me to care one way or another if Jacob and Lady Lyssa got a
Happily Ever After. Also, the plot of the book moved so
slowly that I found myself looking for reasons to put it down
and at the same time I was desperate to finish it and
therefore put myself out of my misery. I don’t suggest that
you pick up this book unless you are not squeamish and you
enjoy extremely hardcore BDSM and senseless violence.
The Vampire Queen’s Servant is not a book for the
faint of heart or those who enjoy fast paced books.