The Vampire War (Dark World: The Vampire Wish #5)
Find the Holy Grail. Win the war. Save the world.A lot has changed for Annika since being kidnapped by vampires to become a blood slave in their hidden kingdom of the Vale. Not only has she learned she’s a Nephilim—a race that’s supposedly extinct—but she’s found herself on a dangerous quest for the Holy Grail. Luckily, she has the vampire Prince Jacen by her side, and the two of them feel ready for anything—especially now that they trust each other more than ever.But finding the Grail is only the beginning. Because when Annika learns that a demon is leading a pack of wolves to war against the vampires, she must stop him before it’s too late. If she can’t, he’ll open a Gate to Hell… and the world as she knows it will be lost forever.Get ready for an action-packed, adventure-filled ride in the EPIC conclusion to The Vampire Wish series!

The Vampire War (Dark World: The Vampire Wish #5) Details

TitleThe Vampire War (Dark World: The Vampire Wish #5)
Author
ReleaseDec 22nd, 2017
PublisherDreamscape Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Angels, Young Adult

The Vampire War (Dark World: The Vampire Wish #5) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    The Vampire War by Michelle Madow is the fifth and last book in the young adult paranormal/fantasy series The Vampire Wish. The series began with Annika out skiing with her family when they were attacked by vampires with Annika being the only survivor. The vampires then took Annika hostage to the hidden vampire kingdom of the Vale where she was kept as a human blood slave to provide food for the vampires. It’s in this kingdom where Annika met Jacen who was also taken by the vampires against his The Vampire War by Michelle Madow is the fifth and last book in the young adult paranormal/fantasy series The Vampire Wish. The series began with Annika out skiing with her family when they were attacked by vampires with Annika being the only survivor. The vampires then took Annika hostage to the hidden vampire kingdom of the Vale where she was kept as a human blood slave to provide food for the vampires. It’s in this kingdom where Annika met Jacen who was also taken by the vampires against his will but unlike Annika who still remains human Jacen was turned against his wishes and now fights his desire to kill for blood.Since the beginning of the story in the first book so much has happened in this fast paced adventure that I don’t want to go into too many details and spoil the story for readers. As with other Michelle Madow books there is always plenty of jaw dropping moments included to keep a reader on the edge of their seat as the story unfolds over the course of the series. Some of the things included in this series though are of course the vampire kingdom the story begun in but the world has been expanded to learn of other kingdoms along with werewolves outside the borders, witches who bring their sorcery into the mix along with now touching upon Nephilim.Most of the story has centered around the two main characters thus far of Annika and Jacen with them alternating their own points of view but there have also been chapters told from other key characters at different times during the books. As fast paced as they are the story is always easy to follow along with as more and more action is brought in to heighten the story. And even with being quick reads the world and character building is just enough to feel that you get to know exactly what is going on at each turn of the page.This has definitely been a series to hold my interest and always take me by surprise with each installment along the way and I’d certainly recommend checking it out to fans of this genre. I would definitely suggest though to start back at the beginning with the Vampire Wish otherwise a reader would probably be lost if jumping into the later books as it’s one that has picked up where each left off and built upon that excitement. And now at the end of this series we get glimpses into a new series coming in 2018 featuring some of the characters from these books.I received a free advance copy of this book directly from the author, thank you to Michelle Madow for allowing me to read early.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    No! Does it really have to end? So much has happened over the course of the series and yet so much more has been set in motion. Annika has finally, fully come into her own. Jacen has finally gotten to decide his own path. Yet, the fighting has only just begun.
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  • Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Review:Characters: Does anyone recognize these characters from when they were first introduced because honestly, I don't. Don't get me wrong, everything that led here has felt more or less in character and the development of each of these characters has felt realistic and deserved, but in truth, these characters have developed more than almost any I've read before. Annika is a prime example of this. She went from being a blood slave, wishing for the strength to protect herself to impersonating a Review:Characters: Does anyone recognize these characters from when they were first introduced because honestly, I don't. Don't get me wrong, everything that led here has felt more or less in character and the development of each of these characters has felt realistic and deserved, but in truth, these characters have developed more than almost any I've read before. Annika is a prime example of this. She went from being a blood slave, wishing for the strength to protect herself to impersonating a vampire princess to an activated Nephilim to the potential savior of the world. To say she's been on a wild ride is a severe understatement and there's still more development for her in this book. While these characters are recognizable, their motivations and their goals have constantly shifted throughout the series and it's a joy to see how the change and develop over time. My personal favorite character to watch grow has been Camelia, previously a Jafar-type advisor, her humanity has leaked out at moments and I've really grown to root for her success, maybe not with her more duplicitous actions, but I wanted her to find a happiness that didn't conflict with characters I cared more about. Romance: So, there really isn't much more to say about the romances in this book than I've already said before. I really do enjoy seeing Jacen and Annika work together in this story and their bond is stronger than ever as they race to save the world from near-certain doom. I love how the author never treated their romance like a race to the finish and has really developed and established their bond and chemistry before rushing into anything with them. Next, there's Karina who's soul mate comes back from the dead, the same soul mate she can't remember, and to make things even more complicated, without her memories of Peter she rushes off to tell Noah that she wants to be with him. Okay, here's my biggest problem with this book, and in all honesty, it's a very small problem, but this subplot wasn't touched on all that much. It is resolved by the end of the book, but without any real focus on it, it just sort of fell flat and I kind of lost interest.World Building: So, wow, does this book go into the world building. It's not nearly as informative as the previous installment but there's a lot going on. Annika's quest for the Holy Grail leads to some very interesting information and everything that's been building since, well to be honest the second installment, but was truly established at the very end of book 3, finally comes to a head and we learn just what that demon has been doing in Marigold and where it came from. It's so weird to connect this book with the first because while this story started off as Aladdin with vampires and other supernatural creatures, it's turned into something else entirely unrecognizable by the time this installment rolls around, and much like the characters, everything feels both very different, but natural as well.Predictability: Honestly I'm not sure why I'm keeping this in here I mean, there were quite a few twists and turns in the story and there were also a few things I was able to predict, but on the whole I didn't pay that much attention to how predictable or not this story was. I was just so swept away by it that I never had time to theorize and catch on to the foreshadowing, not that really was any. In fact, I've never really noticed this before but Madow's writing doesn't leave time for a lot of foreshadowing, I mean, some things make sense because they fit into a certain formula, but most of the reveals come nearly out of nowhere. Ending: The final climax happened a lot sooner than I was expecting it to. I mean it's not like it happens in the middle of the story, but there's definitely a lot of time after the final climax to cool down and set up the next adventure. The final climax though was a lot of fun, I mean there's a war going on but the scenes were really nice and fast-paced and there was a lot of good action to soak up. The cooldown period, as I like to call it, really was all about moving forward and setting up the next series in this world, which I don't mind at all because it also helped tie up Annika and Jacen's story as well a few others for now. There is a sort of epilogue to this book that honestly does the most to set up at least one character's role in the next series, and that's all I feel comfortable saying.Rating:Is this book perfect, no there are honestly a few flaws with it, but in the end, I'm giving it 5 stars because it's a highly addicting story with fun and exciting characters and even though it's not perfect I enjoyed every minute of this book, well except for some of the Karina/Peter/Noah stuff but again, a very small issue.
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  • Kendall {Book Crazy}
    January 1, 1970
    These books came out so quickly after each other that I didn't have a hard time remembering what had happened at the end of the previous book! I have to admit that I couldn't really remember what happened at the end of the last book this time lol, so I did have to go back and re-read the last few chapters before I could read this book! It did take this book a while longer to come out though lol! After reading this book, I can say that I really enjoyed it! I did try and take my time reading it be These books came out so quickly after each other that I didn't have a hard time remembering what had happened at the end of the previous book! I have to admit that I couldn't really remember what happened at the end of the last book this time lol, so I did have to go back and re-read the last few chapters before I could read this book! It did take this book a while longer to come out though lol! After reading this book, I can say that I really enjoyed it! I did try and take my time reading it because I knew that it was the final book, but it ended up only taking me one sitting to read lol! The plot also developed at the perfect pace and it really held my attention all the way through! I loved that there were some action and suspense scenes in the plot and they added a lot to it! I loved the romance too! The plot also had a few twist and turns in it and I didn't see them coming! They really impacted the plot! The characters were again amazing and made this book even better! The main character was again Annika, and in this book she was actually on her mission and she kicked ass whilst she was on it! I loved her a lot in this book and she had really changed a lot from the girl introduced at the beginning of the first book! She had grown into a strong, kick-ass character who had come a long way and been through a lot! I loved Annika's changes and I loved that she embraced them! Jacen was again the main male character and love interest of Annika! Jacen and Annika were back as a couple in this book, which made me very happy! I also loved Jacen in this book! He was there for Annika all the way through this book and he helped her a lot when it came to her mission! I adored the love he had for her too! It was very sweet and beautiful! I also liked that Jacen was protective of Annika, but he wasn't overprotective because he knew that she could look after herself! This book was written from multiple point of views like the first four books were, so I was obviously expecting this book to be written the same way lol! This book was mainly written from Annika's point of view, but some chapters were written from Jacen, Karina, Camelia, Stephanie, Geneva, Noah and Marigold's point of views too, so really all the characters had at least one chapter written from their perspective lol! All the different point of views added a lot to the plot and made it more interesting! It allowed for more things to happen in the plot too and helped me connect more with all the characters! I'm also really sad that this book is the final book in this series! I've enjoyed this series and a lot has happened in it, so I'm going to miss it and the characters! I'm really excited that the author is going to be releasing a sort of prequel series though with characters from this series! I can't wait to read it when it releases! The cover for this book also suits it perfectly! The model is perfect for Annika and the image really suits what happens in the book! I love it and it may be my favourite cover of the series! Big thank you to Michelle for an ARC of The Vampire War!
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Vampire War is the last book in the tantalising Vampire Wish series and I'm very sad to see these characters go. Yes there will still be more books set in the world but I will miss Annika and Jacen. The Vampire War began in the exact aftermath of last book, Annika and Jacen had just escaped the jaws of the sea monster and barely survived. They were able to get to the island despite a few I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Vampire War is the last book in the tantalising Vampire Wish series and I'm very sad to see these characters go. Yes there will still be more books set in the world but I will miss Annika and Jacen. The Vampire War began in the exact aftermath of last book, Annika and Jacen had just escaped the jaws of the sea monster and barely survived. They were able to get to the island despite a few kinks. Now the problem is getting to the Holy Grail as there is a lot of deterrents on the way. Annika and Jacen are going to have to be as resourceful and smart as they can be to survive. Camelia does find out she's indeed pregnant and decides to do whatever it takes to keep the baby and survive. Karina having forgotten Peter puts all her feelings onto Noah, She quickly goes to find him. The incredible fast pace of the story leads through a thrilling ride that has Annika and Jacen battle a wyvern, Annika transforming into something super and a battle for the fate of the whole world. All the characters have various interesting storylines that all connects. One strength of this series is the slew of supernaturals and it's in full force in The Vampire War, the whole races had to come together to fight against a common enemy. By the end of this book, a lot has happened framed from the choices of the characters. Jacen and Annika went through a lot in this book but it was quite exciting to read about. The romance is still on point, whether Annika and Jacen's powerful love or the complicated trio that is Karina, Noah and Peter. The action is amped up yet again and I loved the thrill of it all.The ending was absolutely beautiful as it gives the characters a nice ending yet without total finality (I sincerely hope it's so they can be visited one day in future books in the next series to come).Michelle Madow ended this series beautiful and I can ascertain that fans of the series will be pleased at how it all ends. I can't wait for the next book from this uber talented author.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from Michelle Madow the author. Thank you so much Michelle! This is my review. I was panicking a bit going into this novel, knowing there were so many lose ends to tie up after the penultimate novel. Michelle has a wonderful way of packing so much action into each page. Each novel in this series keeps getting more complex and it is so worth the ride. I honestly can't say too much without spoiling the previous novels. But I will say this is my favourite series I received a free copy of this book from Michelle Madow the author. Thank you so much Michelle! This is my review. I was panicking a bit going into this novel, knowing there were so many lose ends to tie up after the penultimate novel. Michelle has a wonderful way of packing so much action into each page. Each novel in this series keeps getting more complex and it is so worth the ride. I honestly can't say too much without spoiling the previous novels. But I will say this is my favourite series to date that Michelle has written. There is so much to enjoy about this world, and so much to be fearful of. The fact that the Vale is also in Canada, is pretty much the coolest. I enjoy that this story is told from multiple points of view. Every character has their issues and their struggles they are working to overcome. My favourite part of this entire series is seeing from the different characters perspectives. Even the characters that had cruel intentions; it was interesting to see their thought processes. There are more stories with these characters that Michelle is planning to write and I could not be more stoked. I want more of these characters, I want to see their journeys continue. I want to see Annika and Jacen in Avalon; so many ups and downs with their relationship. I want to see Camilia and more of the fae Prince Devyn. I'm excited to see if Noah can fulfill the task that Annika bestows on him to show that he is worthy of being in Avalon. I'm sure Michelle has more surprises up her sleeve for this spin off series. Honestly, this novel and this entire Vampire Wish series took me to places I was not expecting. This novel was not predictable in the slightest; and that is what I admire about Michelle's writing. This novel was highly entertaining and had me at the edge of my seat the entire time! I can't wait to see what the future brings for these characters. Fantastic job Michelle, this series is extraordinary. I would highly suggest this series to anyone who enjoys fast paced action, complex characters, nail biting intense moments, romantic entanglements, twists throughout the novel, and a very satisfying conclusion to this main series. Congrats Michelle!
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  • Michelle Villa
    January 1, 1970
    I just want to say thank you to Michelle Madow for giving me an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion. I'm sad that it is over, but overjoyed with the ending.. I was somewhat afraid that their might be some loose ends, but that is why I love Ms. Madow's style of writing; all of my questions were answered with a satisfying ending. The novel really put me through a rollercoaster of emotions.This series has had I just want to say thank you to Michelle Madow for giving me an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion. I'm sad that it is over, but overjoyed with the ending.. I was somewhat afraid that their might be some loose ends, but that is why I love Ms. Madow's style of writing; all of my questions were answered with a satisfying ending. The novel really put me through a rollercoaster of emotions.This series has had cliffhangers, shocking twists and turns, action, supernatural characters, drama, excitement, and romance. The character's growth was amazing and it has made one of my favorite series of this year!
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    The Vampire War was a great ending to The Vampire Wish series.Lots of action and quite a few character revelations, the deep soul searching who-the-heck-am-I type revelations.Finally the outcome we readers wanted for Annika and Jacen. They definitely had to work for it.I will say I was sad for Noah though, but according the blurb at the end, maybe we won't have to be sad for him for long.
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  • Jaimie O'Dell
    January 1, 1970
    Great ending - with the option to tell another story. The only thing I don’t like is the amount of people who tell the story. I can’t always read a full book in one sitting and the changing of characters can get confusing. But I enjoyed the story and the way it ended.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The end of a well written, entertaining and enjoyable series. I'm also glad there is a spin off series.Annika and Jacen both grew and changed so much in the series and there was a few surprises along the way.I would highly recommend this book and series.
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