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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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07/27/2008 Archived Entry: "e-Book review: Sight Unseen"

Sight Unseen
Written by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-10:  1603704086
ISBN-13:  9781603704083

Review by Jilly Gee

Being in possession of a pearl necklace with desirable powers is bound to attract some unsavory visitors sooner or later.  Jamie Smith, however, does not know that his antique shop is housing such a piece and most likely would have been killed for it had a handsome vampire named Haridan not shown up in time to stave off some attackers after the powerful accessory.  Having no family and no close friends to keep him tied to home, he not only agrees to go to Rome with Haridan for safety, he also agrees to spend the rest of eternity there as Haridan's ghoul, feeding off blood from one another.  Ah, vampire romance.

No, I have not just given away the whole story in a single, simple paragraph.  The agreement to become a ghoul is not the culmination of their relationship, as Jamie spends a good portion of the story unsure of how he feels about his new partner for life.  Haridan, on the other hand, is very much attracted to his new ghoul and jerks off whispering Jamie's name, as Timothy the ghost is so helpful to point out to Jamie; Timothy also helpfully points out how hot Haridan is.  Their relationship isn't the end all, be all of the story, however.  Not only does Jamie have to adjust to his new life as a sort of aristocrat, there is still the matter of the unsavory folk from earlier who practically destroyed Jamie's antique shop, forcing Jamie to run away with Haridan in the first place.

Adding in all these other elements, however, weakened the intensity of the story.  While "Sight Unseen" does have a bit of everything attempting to satisfy people looking for action, vampire lore, romantic turmoil, and sex, there isn't enough of any of those elements to achieve all those goals.  Intricate rules of the vampire court were explained, only to have no bearing on the proceedings of the story.  Compelling characters were introduced and never seen again.  The struggle for the necklace was reduced to one, brief face-off.  Still, the most important part is the relationship and that was given just the right amount of detail.  Feelings of self-doubt and pining are kept at a low enough level for readers to sympathize, but not be exasperated by such emotions.

Topped off with a steamy sex scene involving the search for all of Haridan's piercings, "Sight Unseen" is perfectly satisfying to those looking for a story of love with a slight vampire twist.  Those looking for a more lore-heavy experience with some love on the side, however, will most likely be disappointed that it did not follow through on any of the many other potential plot paths introduced.

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