“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Didn’t Like It
“My Rating: 2.5 stars: Finished it - take it or leave it (C)
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: The quest for the Medallion places Amelia and William Hadwell in harms way with only Sebastian St. Ives set to guard them with his life.
Opening Sentence: The cottage set in the thick copse of trees was a dark, cramped affair.
Like many of you I often judge a book by its cover and often find that my fears or joys have been misplaced. To be completely honest, I didn’t hold out much hope for this book based on the cover. Admittedly this cover dates back from 2003 but contained all of the tropes that go along with the inclusion of vampires. You know the ones I mean like full moon, red cape, and heroine offering her neck up. However, the book is a pleasant novel to read while away on a lazy afternoon.
One of the most notable additions to this book is our heroine’s younger brother who is mentally challenged. Amelia’s care for William is a beautiful picture of her character and gives the reader significant insight into her character. She has given up Society and all of the parties in order to care for her brother and ensure that he stays with the family.
Sebastian St. Ives entrance into Amelia’s life occurs after she witnesses a murder and while the murderer is trying to convince her that he is harmless. Sebastian has spent his long life wanting to become a scholar but was chosen for this special assignment of guarding not only Amelia but the Medallion that has been bonded to her.
This is a charming book that I was loathe to see the last page turned. For all of you wondering whether you can jump into the 3rd book in the series and enjoy it, I did and I’m sure you shall as well. Also, Amelia and Sebastian’s story is told in a manner that I would not be afraid to recommend to a reader who enjoyed paranormal romances with hardly any cursing and no sex. So if you are looking for a clean paranormal romance then this book comes with high recommendations from me.
“Halt.” The new form held up an arm and Amelia could see the glint of a sharp blade in the silver moonlight. “I will not allow this.”
A dark, grating laugh echoed through the silence. “You? You will not allow?”
Amelia’s rescuer never wavered. “No.”
“Do not be more of a fool than you need to be. Return to your books and pathetic studies. You do not possess the courage nor the will to confront me.”
“Shall we see? Shall we test the strength of my dagger? I do not fear you.”
Lost in a thick fog of terror, Amelia nevertheless managed to notice that the gentleman now standing between her and the shadow was surprisingly large. Not only tall, but broad through the shoulders and possessing the type of chiseled muscles not often seen in society.
FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of My Lord Immortality. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“My Rating: 2.5 stars: Finished it - take it or leave it (C)
Originally posted at THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT
Our story begins with a prologue outlining the history of vampires in the world - and that the greatest vampire, Nefri, created a veil to hide their race from humans. This put an end to bloodlust and created a docile, intellectual vampire race. However, there are some that do not agree with Nefri’s rule and have entered the human world to recover the Medallion which gives Nefri her power. The primary antagonist, Drake, is one such vampire, and he hunts down Amelia, keeper of one-third of the Medallion.
My Lord Immortality is set in roughly Regency England, and has a definite historical feel. Amelia and her mentally/emotionally handicapped brother, William, live mostly on their own after their parents decided they’d rather not have anything to do with William. Unfortunately, women are being brutally murdered near their home, and William appears to be at the center of the investigation due to his childlike ways and misunderstood manner. This is where our hero, Sebastian St.Ives, comes in as Amelia’s protector. He was sent from the veil by Nefri to protect Amelia and her piece of the Medallion.
Before getting further in my review, I feel it necessary to note that it wasn’t until after I started reading My Lord Immortality, that I discovered 1) the book is a reissue, 2) it is the third story in a trilogy and 3) this trilogy is the precursor to a much larger, fuller series by Ms. Ivy. Knowing this, and having read this story, I would not recommend anyone pick up this book on its own merits. Although I had no trouble following along, and the plot could be read as a stand alone, I never felt any real attachment to the characters or the overall story. I feel that I would have probably enjoyed this more if I’d started the series with the first book.
The mythology created by Ms. Ivy is interesting. I like the idea that vampires have denied themselves pleasure for so long - it creates almost virginal hero-types. Sebastian is a gentleman, but also has cravings and needs once he meets Amelia. He is conflicted over his duties and his desires. This makes for good romance character-building.
However, I felt that Amelia was portrayed overly naive and as a stereotypically faint-hearted female. Although I admire that she bucked society to care for William, she seemed to undo her own courageousness over and over. Here is a perfect example, directly from Amelia’s point-of-view, "But despite the frantic urge to help, she was bound by a paralyzing fear." And even as Sebastian and Amelia confess their feelings for each other, Amelia comes across too childlike.
In addition, the portrayal of William was too simplistic. He is eighteen, and although clearly mentally and/or emotionally handicapped, he is able to only speak in single and two word phrases. This alone seemed over-the-top. However, he also cannot follow directions,which of course leads to many problems.
Overall, I was not overly impressed with My Lord Immortality. It's not the author's ability to tell a compelling story, but rather that this story felt dated and simplistic. As the third book in a prequel trilogy, I feel it should not be read as an individual title.
Also, there are holes in the story. First, William was framed for murder, and the book never addresses how or even if his name is cleared. I felt this was a huge problem, and due to this, I dropped my rating from 3 to 2.5 stars. Second, I felt that the story neglected to adequately demonstrate the romance between Amelia and Sebastian. Although they profess their love to each other, I feel that the reader is more told than shown the pair falling in love. Finally, unless I missed it, we are never told how Amelia will live forever… the fact that she is human and he is a vampire isn't addressed to a satisfying manner.
With that all said, My Lord Immortality is easy to read, and the premise and mythology behind the tale is strong. As I stated earlier, I think I would have enjoyed this more if I'd started with the first book.”
“My Lord Immortality is the third in the Immortal Rogues series and is a reprint with the author’s real name on the new cover. This is a Paranormal/Historical Romance that is actually pretty clean and only slightly violent. This series seems to be a prequel to Ms. Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity series.
Now anyone who knows me knows that I am not a huge fan of Historical Romance but as soon as I saw this book was being re-released I just had to snatch it up! I had already purchased the first two and this gave me the perfect opportunity to read them all together.
Amelia is a strong female and her love and compassion for her brother is a wonderful aspect of her complete character. Sebastian is intriguing and I don’t feel that we had enough of a chance to really get to know him. I also wish we could have seen the couples from the previous books a little bit more in this one.
I did enjoy the plot and how the ending came about. The books are not very long but are very enjoyable to read! They are an interesting addition to one of my favorite series.
“I just finished this series. I thought it best to read them all together so that I could give a better review. While I love Ms. Ivy's series, Guardians of Eternity, I wasn't too fond of this one. It is kind of a prequel to the GoE series since it features Nefri and the medallions that are important to keeping the Veil safe. I guess my review is really of all three of the books since really there wasn't much difference between them. The first two even had the villains using the same ploy to introduce them to a woman, the villain's helpers "attacking" a) the main character and b) the maid of the main character. And don't even get me started on the number of times the word "maiden" was used, ugh! At one point the word was used in reference to prostitutes. I must admit that this was the best book of the three, but it was still just an okay book. Another thing that was odd was there was no sex in any of the books just kissing and in one book just a reference to it (they were laying in bed after the act). While not every book needs sex I just kind of think that with vampires I automatically think sex. It also might have made the books a little more interesting. I guess I would recommend this series if you are a fan of Ms. Ivy's or would like a fast and light read. ”Angie D wrote this review Monday, December 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My Lord Immortality by Alexandra Ivy
Immortal Rogues Book 3
Drake Ramone wants the power of moving about mankind, living as he was meant to with all the pleasures. Nefri has put a veil up between their worlds but he was determined to get the medallion that would remove that veil so he could live as he was meant to.
Sebastian St. Ives has been made the guardian over Amelia Hadwell. She has received one of the amulets, part of the medallion. He knows Drake will try and get it from her anyway he can and it is Sebastian’s job to stop him. He just didn’t expect himself to be distracted by the beautiful human.
Amelia Hadwell wanted to protect her brother, William, so she took him away and went into hiding. Her parents were embarrassed of William and wanted him in Bedlam. William was a kind loving soul and didn’t deserve to be locked up. If only he could understand
enough about the dangers lurking outside of their home in the night. Amelia has no idea that the old gypsy woman had given her more than a beautiful piece of jewelry. She don’t know that there is a dark world out there where creatures of the night truly exist. She can only see her love for her brother. The love that may end up leaving her dead.
Join Amelia and Sebastian as they fight against a dark force. Adventure, suspense and romance keep this book moving forward while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.
Immortal Rogues Series – Book 1: My Lord Vampire & Book 2: My Lord Eternity.
This series originally published under the name Debbie Raleigh.
*Received through NetGalley for review
“The Veil, a protection between the world of humans and the world of vampires is in danger of being taken down, leaving the world at the mercy of vampires who wish to conquer, rule and enslave the human race. Three vampires, The Immortal Rogues, are poised to stop this evil plan. MY LORD IMMORTALITY is the third story in this series about Sebastian St. Ives, one of the protectors. Sebastian is a scholar, content with his chosen life of seclusion until he meets and must protect Amelia Hadwell, that is!
Amelia is a young woman who has given up her life to care for her 'slow' brother, William. She also unknowingly possesses an amulet that is part of the Veil's protection.
As Sebastian gets to know Amelia and William, he finds his work as protector starts to melt his heart in ways he has never felt.
While not a long read, the story is well-told, the characters are very likable and strong of character. William is a gentle soul and adds to the story's warmth.
MY LORD IMMORTALITY is a great afternoon read in front of the fireplace!”