Pearce crosses genres successfully in the first in The Tudor Vampire Chronicles. She weaves together history, vampires, romance and even a bit of mystery into an enjoyable tale. Historical fans may feel a bit disappointed as there is the potential for a richer tale. One hopes there will be more historical references in the next installment.

In a pact made with Henry Tudor, the Druids are sworn to wipe out the vampire race. As drained bodies begin showing up in the King’s castle, born vampire hunter Rosalind Llewellyn is sent to slay the vampire — unless she’s killed first by Druid slayer and protector of the vampires, Sir Christopher Ellis. Though they’re sworn enemies, Rosalind and Christopher are drawn to each other. When an edict comes down from their families and the vampire council that they must work together, their loyalties are tested and they must fulfill a prophecy and their destiny as soul mates. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Aug., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton