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The Immortal Conquistador

Tachyon. Mar. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9781616963217. pap. $15.95. FANTASY
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Vampires are immortal, which means they have witnessed historic events. Kitty Norville’s ally Rick is one such vampire. As he arrives in Rome to talk with the Order of Saint Lazarus of the Shadows, a group of vampire monks that reside under the Vatican, Rick’s history unfolds. Born Ricardo de Avila, he was a devout follower of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado on his search for gold—but was betrayed. Rick traded his mortality to become a vampire but was a man of God, not even being undead would curtail his belief. He has lived quietly for more than 500 years, except when he must use his power to protect his found family. The path from conquistador to bartender is filled with battles and death, protection and hope. Vaughn weaves a beautiful tale of a devout man who faces the Devil and wins.
VERDICT This fast-paced novella, filled with action and emotion, offers a satisfying entry back into the “Kitty Norville” series.

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