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Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress by Christine E Schulze

Saturday, October 1, 2011
He leaned his head close to my ear and whispered, "Are you afraid?"

Chrystine had had more reason than any other time of her life, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid. And that was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hundreds of vampires.

But they weren't your typical vampires. They were Stregoni Benefici, the good kind. Nor was Chrystine your typical elf. She was the Golden Healer, and she alone could save the Stregoni Benefici from the Dark Enchantress. But can Chrystine figure out the Dark Enchantress' secret and defeat the evil vampires without destroying the good ones as well, without destroying Aaryn? Can Chrystine unravel the dark secret Aaryn keeps so carefully guarded and show him that by choosing to serve good instead of evil, he is still capable of being loved and his past is forgiven?

Find out as you read for yourself the story of the first vampire.

Goodreads Summary

This book is deemed "Christian fantasy."  At first, I wasn't entirely sure what this meant, but I definitely figured it out after reading and enjoying this book!

Chrystine is living with her abusive father, she also is an elf with healing powers as well as a Christian.  Aaryn comes along in the nick of time.  He, too, is a Christian...but he is also a vampire.  He changes color when wet or by a fireplace and doesn't sparkle or display many of the familiar qualities of vampires we read about so much in books. 

I liked that the author did not make the vampire "damned" as is the seemingly common idea.  To be honest, I never even understood why.  As long as the vampire is in any way redeemable, he should have a soul or the potential to be saved.

This book was certainly interesting and held my attention.  It is perfect as a short read (only a little over 120 pages).  The reader might feel like the ending came too soon, but it is mostly satisfying.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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