I received this book via the author, Tamara A. Lowery. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Waves of Darkness,
Published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company on 2015-12-09
Length: 263 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Viktor Brandewyne finds himself tasked with finding the most flighty of the Sisters of Power. He tracks her from New England to the ends of the earth. She sets him the task of retrieving three things as the price for a portion of her magic: a dragon's egg, a dodo's egg, and a drop of blood from the Daughter of the Dragon, one of the few beings capable of killing him.
Lady Carpathia has her own agenda concerning Viktor. Though she comes to realize just how dangerous he is, she still hopes to seduce and use him to overthrow her master before she ultimately destroys the pirate-turned-vampire.
Fraught with danger, Viktor's chances of surviving this quest are almost as slim as those of him completing it. How can he acquire the eggs of a mythical beast or of a creature that has been extinct for nearly a century?
So this was different…but in a good way 😀 Hell’s Dodo by Tamara A. Lowery is the fifth installment to the Waves of Darkness series about Bloody Vik Brandee, his crew and his curse. Like the last four books, Vik is sent on a quest to find the fifth Sister of Power and she in turn sends him on a wild chase of his own. I would say that there is a pattern to each book, and while there is to some degree, making it slightly predictable, there are more and more side plots that tie into the main adding to the unpredictable side.
Please note that if you HAVE NOT read this series to date, there are minor unavoidable spoilers to the previous books in this series.
If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…I really like Bloody Vik Brandee. He’s ruthless, cunning, more than a little scary, and a pirate. Did I forget to mention he is also a vampire? Oops…my bad 😀 So Vik has been cursed and he’s running out of time to find the Sisters, complete their requests and get back to his old life. In this installment, Vik is getting a little desperate, reckless, and downright horrifying. He was scary enough as a pirate, add in that he is now a VERY powerful vampire and he’s is doubly scary.
As much as I like Vik though, my favorite character is his first mate, Hezekiah Grimm. He is loyal to a fault, both to Vik and his new wife. He’s just as cunning, but slightly older and wiser if I can say such a thing about pirates. He notices things that Vik doesn’t and he watches out for him. He makes an excellent person to have your back!
Lady Carpathia (as the synopsis suggests) finally catches up to Vik in this installment. I was more than a little disappointed with their encounter. I thought Vik was smart! And Lady Carpathia….shame on you!!!! I thought you were woman here me roar! She has haunted me since the first time I read about her and she is sorely lacking in the scary department this book…more like she is lusting in this installment.
Overall I really enjoy this series and this installment does the captain justice. Why 4 instead 5? The books are starting to feel too predictable even with the extra stories that are going on in the periphery. However what this book lacked in surprise it made up for in action, adventure, and plenty of horror! If you enjoy historical fiction, paranormal romance, or you’re looking for a frightful read, I highly suggest you grab a copy! If you’re new to the series, start at the beginning, otherwise you will be lost!