Nov 30 2012 2:30pm

First Look: Lynn Viehl’s Nightbred (December 4, 2012)

Nightbred by Lynn ViehlLynn Viehl
Signet / December 4, 2012 / $7.99 print & digital

Jamys Durand has survived being made an immortal Darkyn, horrific torture, and years of grueling warrior training. But he has no future to offer Chris, the mortal woman he loves, without his own territory. When he learns of a lost Templar treasure, Jamys vows to possess it and win his lady’s heart.

No one knows Chris Lang wants to be a tresora so she can live with Jamys, her secret love. Her superiors offer to make her dream come true, but only if she finds the lost treasure before Jamys can. Working together, Chris and Jamys track the jewels through a shadowy maze of priceless artifacts, decadent secrets, and one ruthless opponent who can possess an immortal’s mind…and will stop at nothing to have Chris.

In Nightbred, Lynn Viehl finally gives us the long awaited story of Jamys Durand. As opposed to most supernatural stories which feature bulky warriors frozen at their peak of maturity, Jamys faced death and was made a Darkyn at the young age of 17, just on the cusp of adulthood. Jamys is a 700 year old Darkyn, but his youthful appearance has been a hindrance all his existence. 

“Don’t hurt the boy, Tien,” one of the guards called out from his watch post above the lists.  “The master will have your head.” Being goaded about his adolescent appearance never aggravated Jamys; as an immortal Darkyn he had lived with his youthful form for more than seven centuries. He had gone to his mortal grave before he had matured, and since rising to walk the night, he had never aged another day. He would forever look like a boy of seventeen. It did not, however, make him a boy.

Jamys and his father were betrayed by Jamys’s mother to their enemies, the Brethren, who tortured them for years.  These years of torture left Jamys unable to speak and almost without his sanity; his father, Thierry Durand, is an overprotective father—to his 700 year old teenage son.  You can imagine that endless treatment not as a grown man and a warrior, but as a child who needed to be guided and protected, is a worse fate than the years of torture at the hands of the Brethren.

He closed his eyes.  “I am not a boy, Father.”  He felt Chris’s hand touch his shoulder and covered it with his own, drawing strength from it.  “I am a man.”
“Of course you are—“
“Then let me be one.”

Jamys had resigned himself to his life, that is until meets Chris Lang, a friend of Samantha Brown, homicide detective and mate of the powerful Lord Lucan Alenfar. Now Jamys is focused on becoming a warrior in his own right and winning his own jardin—a territory of his own to rule so he can take Chris as his mate. 

At last, Jamys has received news that could make his dream a reality. The High Lord Richard Tremayne has offered a boon to anyone who can recover the three emeralds known as the Emeralds of Eternity—reign over the territory known as Ireland.  Jamys wants to be the first to locate the jewels so he can finally be with Chris, even if he must go behind his father’s back and trespass into Lucan’s jardin where the jewels were last seen.  And who better to help Jamys in his quest than his lovely Chris, who grew up in the area? It will also give Jamys the time he needs to convince her that they belong together. 

She regarded him.  “If you’re the one who finds the emeralds, the high lord will give you rule of Ireland, right?”  When he nodded, she smiled.  “I could help you with that.”
Jamys knew how resourceful Chris was, and she knew the region far better than he.  Accepting her offer would also allow them to spend more time together, and he wanted that more than the jewels.

Jamys's story shows that although he may look like a boy, he is all man.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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