Monday, August 16, 2010

Fight To Remember

Title: Fight To Remember
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-828-0
Genre: [M/F/M] Shape-shifter, Vampire, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymphs

It’s only by chance that Rhyl narrowly avoids being staked in the heart by the demon Malin but it leaves him trapped deep underground, wedged tightly between slabs of rock. His only hope is that his twin will find him, and he only survives by sucking the blood of rats. The question is can he stay sane while he awaits rescue?

Piper has a strange kind of amnesia and for fourteen years, she’s had to deal with not remembering anything from the previous day after she wakes from a night’s sleep. It’s frustrating, upsetting and forces her to keep journals of her daily activities and photos of the people in her life in order to function. It makes for a lonely life.

In order to keep his younger brother safe, Kier, a werepuma, has bound himself to a demon who forces him to fight against others to the death. With any luck, Kier can win enough fights to be set free—if he’s isn’t being lied to.

Fight to Remember is the fifth release in the Trueblood series and it’s just as fast paced as the others. It has a complicated plot and is filled with interesting characters and there are enough twists and turns to keep just about anyone happy. There are various otherworldly creatures moving in and out of the storyline: vampires, weres of different varieties, demons and even a succubus, and don’t forget the scattered humans to round everything out.

While I liked Kier and Rhyl, the member of the trio that really caught my attention was Piper. Ms. Elsborg picked a truly unique and creative amnesia syndrome for her character and I appreciated the amount of research she must have done to understand the difficulty and frustration that understandably went with Piper’s daily life. It makes her a truly distinctive personality and one that I’ll likely remember for a long time. There’s great passion and desire simmering between these three and while her amnesia does cause some minor problems, the need of Piper, Kier and Rhyl to be together quickly overcomes those obstacles.

Still there’s so much other stuff going on in the background that at times you wonder whether anything is going to work out for these three—not only as a trio but as individuals. And just when you think that all hope is lost, another twist in the plot happens and it moves on again. Some of the scenes are pretty dark and brutal but others are fun and lighthearted. Ms. Elsborg runs the gambit of emotions as the story progress and in the end manages to give Piper, Kier and Rhyl the happily-ever-after they deserve. Enjoy!

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