Martyr’s Promise by Elizabeth Hunter

Martyr's Promise

Posted on July 31, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

Martyr’s Promise, book 2 in Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Covenant series, introduced me to the unique world of elemental vampires. Vampires who possess the ability to wield earth, wind, and fire. The author created a fascinating world which lovers of the paranormal genre would enjoy.

Martyr’s Promise by Elizabeth HunterTitle: Martyr's Promise
Author(s): Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental Covenant #2
Also in this series: Bishop's Flight
Published by Recurve Press LLC on October 26, 2021
Pages: 330
Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal
Source: Purchase
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

When Summer Mackenzie and her boyfriend disappear in the fog-shrouded forests of Northern California, it sets off more than one alarm. The sheriff’s department is looking for them, the state rangers are on their trail, and even private security companies have gotten involved.
But Summer wasn’t an ordinary college student; she was a human born into the immortal Mackenzie clan, a line of powerful vampires from the Great Smoky Mountains. Now Carwyn ap Bryn and Brigid Connor are getting messages from allies across the world, old rivals, and new friends, all wanting to know where Summer is and why hikers along the Lost Coast keep going missing.
If Brigid and Carwyn can’t find Summer, tensions between vampire clans might just snap, leaving more than just the immortal world bloody.
They may know how to search the wilderness, but the Northern California woods hold more than the average share of mysteries. Secretive immortals, suspicious humans, and ancient myths are all at home in a land where human highways come to a dead end, and dense forests meet rugged coast.

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It took me a while to get into the story, but the moment I did, I was hard-pressed to put it down. My initial struggles were mostly because of my unfamiliarity with the concept of elemental vampires. Hence, it took sometime for me to grasp the concept. Action, intrigue, mystery and suspense permeated the pages of Martyr’s Promise.

It was fun meeting Carwyn and Brigid, the vampire couple with whom the story centres around. Carwyn is an earth elemental, while Brigid wields fire. They made it their mission to protect the vulnerable. Hence, the reason for their presence in Northern California.

Two youngsters were missing and the vampire in charge of that area sought their help in finding them. Throughout the course of their search, the pair, along with their friends, discovered nefarious activities by a rogue vampire. This is where things became quite intense and interesting.

Now, do not go into this series expecting romance. While familiarising myself with this world, I discovered that the romance for the couples appearing in this story occurred in the author’s Elemental World series. Now, while I didn’t get the chance to read this series, the Hunter provided sufficient information about the couples. This made them relatable and left me wanting to read their romance. Carwyn and Brigid were so in tune with each other, one can clearly see they were meant for each other. I loved the dynamics between them.

Despite my initial struggles, Martyr’s Promise proved to be a wonderful and unique story. Readers who enjoy paranormal mysteries should consider adding a Martyr’s Promise to their reading list.


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About Elizabeth Hunter

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family. She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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7 responses to “Martyr’s Promise by Elizabeth Hunter

  1. I love the premise of this. And that northern California setting is so evocative and mysterious. I can see all kinds of paranormal shenanigans going on there!