Every now and then I fall so in love with a series of books that I go into this obsessive book mode and read every book back to back as quickly as humanly possible. This is what’s currently happening with Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series – I am its latest fangirl. The series has some badass vampires in it, but better yet, it also has a wide assortment of other supernatural beasties. So if you’re looking for something with vampires and more, then this is definitely a series to check out.
The Cal Leandros series follows Cal, a cocky survivor, and his brother Niko, a perfectly controlled warrior, as they try to save Cal from his father’s side of the family. Cal, who appears to be entirely human, is actually half monster, and his sadistic monstrous side of the family wants him back. During their quest to save Cal from unknown horrors, the brothers cross paths with a horrific troll living under a bridge, a stunning vampiress, a mischievous puck, deformed werewolves, boggles in the park and much much more.
The world Thurman has created has many classic supernatural beings that we know and love, but the author put her own twist on them, making them fresh and new and horrifying. The world this series is set in is surprisingly innovative and captivating. While the storytelling is rocky in the first book, the story itself is beyond excellent, as is the story in every book so far. I am highly impressed with the tale this author has weaved.
But, while I adore the story, with its mystery and horror, I have to save that I equally love the characters themselves. Many authors struggle with characters, they have a difficult time portraying them to readers. But Thurman does not have that problem. You know each character inside and out, and you love what you see. Each character has a unique personality and is perfect for the story. There’s a depth to each person in this series.
Even if you don’t care much for the other supernatural beings in this book, I still suggest giving it a shot. There are vampiric main characters, and they are totally amazing, but they are just the icing on top of the already awesome cake.
Check out the official Cal Leandros website for info and reading order.
Has anyone else read this series? If so, what did you think?