“Set during the violent and bloody French Revolution, Night Fires gives us a tale of an unusual vampire heroine. Simone is both pious and dangerous. She’s committed to helping people escape from unjust persecution. She forms an untrusting alliance with an enigmatic assassin. Known only as Corday, an English spy with single-minded purpose to complete his mission, Corday can’t help but be intrigued by the mysterious woman who can break through his ennui and make him crack a smile. In an atmosphere of tension and suspicion, Karen Harbaugh slowly peels back the layers to reveal the depths of her two lead characters.
While the character development was certainly strong, Ms. Harbaugh could use a little help beefing up her action scenes, which were sadly lacking in detail. I would have loved to read of bones cracking, bodies flying through the air to smack into something, and the tangy, copper taste of blood. I had to supply the details in my imagination. Additional details in this regard would have made for a more exciting read.
The plot was good if a bit too coincidental. I also got a lot of insight into the terror and unrest that was going on in France at that time. I would certainly be willing to read the sequel, Dark Enchantment.”