On a cold winter's morning Lilly Armitage ventured down a dark alley in search of answers. She had no idea of what lay ahead, of the darkness and delight the powerful Sisters of Annis would show her. Nor of the overwhelming eroticism of their nightclub The Countess, where handsome, naked males served dominant female vampires.
Yet for all the decadent and empowering sensuality, Lilly would soon find herself caught in the middle of a centuries old conflict that threatened the very existence of the world she had embraced.
Uncertain who to trust and with a violent boyfriend hunting her down, Lilly was drawn deeper and deeper into a battle she wasn't certain she would even survive.
(Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)
In Vampire's Key, PG Devlim presented a fresh take on vampire lore through an engaging, smooth writing style. For me, Vampire's Key stood out most in the unique ways the vampires fed (through energy as well as blood) and in the detailed, well-balanced descriptions. PG Devlim made each scene—from a nightclub in London to the depths of the Underworld—so vivid that they're still stuck in my mind. Vampire's Key provided a wild ride with a couple of twists I didn't see coming. The story took a little while to gain speed and some parts came off a little cringy to me, but I enjoyed the read for the most part, especially Lilly's arc, which I found harrowing as well as empowering.
I appreciated how Devlim candidly explored the effects of
domestic and sexual abuse, and I loved that he didn't try to
make excuses for the abuser's behavior. A consistent, admirable message
throughout the work was that abuse shouldn't be condoned or accepted. Overall,
there was a strong theme of female empowerment, though I would have enjoyed it even
more had there been fewer misandrist overtones, more equality between the sexes.
But that's just my subjective opinion. I recommend Vampire's Key by PG Devlim to those who are interested in reading a
darkly erotic vampire book with dominant female leads and heavy themes.
Content Warning: This is
an adult work that contains graphic sexual situations and some triggering themes such as violence, murder, and sexual and domestic abuse.