Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vampire Hunters in Novels

My Top Five Favorite Vampire Hunters in Novels

~Margo Bond Collins

In my novel Sanguinary, Cami Davis joins the Dallas police force hoping to become a homicide detective--instead, she ends up on the Paranormal Victims Unit, where every murder has the same answer: vampires.  

Cami has become one of my favorite vampire hunters, but I have been a fan of these kinds of characters for a long time; I love watching them as they develop their abilities as hunters! In no particular order, here are my top five favorite vampire slayers to be found in books:

Abraham Van Helsing: This list wouldn’t be possible, I think, without Dracula’s Dutch doctor. Even the ridiculous accent can’t detract from his status as vampire hunter extraordinaire.  

Anita Blake: I tend to prefer the earlier books of Laurell K. Hamilton’s series, but even the later ones have some interesting vampire-hunter moments. Anita Blake is tough and strong, and as the urban-fantasy progenitor of kick-ass, vampire-hunting women, she is an important addition to this list.

Jane Yellowrock: Faith Hunter’s series about the shapeshifting, Harley-riding, leather-wearing vampire hunter/bodyguard has become one of my favorite urban fantasy reads. Jane rocks!

Rae Seddon: The narrator of Robin McKinley’s novel Sunshine remains one of my favorites. I’ve even taught the book in a gothic literature class. Rae (also known as Sunshine) wants desperately to be a normal person, but being kidnapped by vampires forces her to tap into her powerful heritage. 

Magiere: Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee draws nicely on the mythology of the half-vampire, and the high-fantasy setting of the book (along with Magiere’s half-elf partner) make this a fun genre mash-up with a great protagonist!


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Sanguinary: A Night Shift Novel

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?


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MargoBondCollinsAbout the Author Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them. _____________________________________________

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