Willa Thorne has written a vampire book, that leans more towards the traditional vampire lore. Vampires are made, and they survive on human blood. The predatory side of the vampires is well depicted in the book. And in Julian reminds me of another vampire, Bill Compton, with his good manners and use of language. He is trying so hard to be the gentleman and keep his inner beast harnessed. To fall for your enemy isn’t easy to accept.
I’d managed to pull away before the taste of her blood caressed my tongue. I wasn’t ready to admit to her what I was, or what she was to me – both my enemy and my destined love for eternity.
(Willa Thorne: A Sacred Vow, 27% Kindle edition)
For this book, I wanted to make something, that in taste, would resemble how Julian experiences the enticing scent and taste of Aurelia’s blood. And that’s how I thought of this raw cake. First you taste the tangy rasperries entwined with bitter, dark chocolate and then comes the sweetness of dates and the soft taste of virgin coconut oil. Perfect in my opinion.
100 g dried dates
200 g cashew nuts
4 tbs virgin coconut oil
3 ripe avocados
1 dl raw cacao powder
2 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tbs lemon juice
- Soak the cashews in cold water for 15 minutes. Then drain them and put them into a blender. Chop the dates smaller and put them into blender as well. Add 2 tbs cocnut oil and blend the nuts and dates until you have a smooth paste. I started with ice crushing mode first and that helped a lot.
- Take a spring form, 7 inch in diameter would be perfect, mine is 8,5 inches. put a baking paper on bottom. Then lay the nut-date mixture on the bottom, press it with your hand against the form.
- Peel the avocados and remove the stone. Cut in four and toss them into the blender. Add honey, raw cacao powder, vanilla powder, lemon juice and 2 tbs virgin coconut oil. Blend until you have smooth mass. Pour the mass over the nut-date layer, smooth it with a spatula and put in the freezer for an hour to set.
- Before serving, top the cake with rasberries. A Sacred Vow by Willa Thorne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Aurelia comes to live in her childhood home with two of her friends. She has no living relatives apart from her brother, who’s been gone for years now. She regards herself as average as can be, apart from the ugly birthmark, resembling the sun.
That all changes one night at an art benefit, where she encounters a handsome stranger. She is perplexed how she is drawn to this man she knows nothing of. And the feeling is mutual.
Julian is a vampire, almost three hundred years old. He has fallen into a void in his life, nothing matters, it’s all the same. He cares for his vampire family, but other than that, nothing. Until he meets Aurelia. And nothing’s the same anymore.
As the story unravels, Aurelia and Julian find out that they are each other’s enemies. Aurelia is a descendant of long line of vampire hunters, the Cormac family and she bears her birthmark as a proof. Julian has made a vow, a sacred vow, to kill every last one of Cormac’s. And a vampire never breaks his promise.
They are caught in the middle, both loyal to their families and irreversibly linked to each other. They must decide between their love or loyalty.
Willa Thorne’s vampires are traditional in the sense, that they are made. Older, stronger vampires turn humans into their kind. And Thorne’s vampires sustain on human blood. I liked this story, the characters had depth and I sure loved the old times charm that Julian had. Willa Thorne has a talent to write emotions and for example, Julian’s inner struggle was very well depicted.
As this was first book in the series, much page time was used to explain details such as Julian’s and his vampire family’s origin. Maybe it got too into detail to my taste, because the story could have had better flow. The book had few thrilling scenes which I liked and some of the characters, that I hated in the beginning, turned out to be the heroes. So Noel and Evie – everything’s forgiven and they’re both redeemed in my books.
I will read the new installations to this series, because now that the rules of the world and the origin of the vampires Thorne’s created have been explained, the story flow will without a doubt improve.