The Last KeeperMichelle Birbeck
Fifteen hundred years ago, Serenity Cardea took the life of the only vampire she ever regretted killing—Henry, her sister’s husband. With her sister brutally murdered, Serenity had little choice but to grant Henry the only request he had: death. Centuries later, Serenity is no closer to discovering who betrayed them or instigated the massacre of her brothers and sisters.
The vampires want dominance—over their food, the other races . . . the world. To get it, they’ve systematically hunted down and slaughtered the only ones standing in their way. The Keepers.
As a Keeper, Serenity is tasked with protecting the delicate balance between the creatures of the world: Vampire, Witch, Were, and Human. Her kind exists to ensure that no single race sways the balance, dooming the world to destruction.
They're on the brink of extinction, with no sign of return. Now only two remain, and Serenity’s last brother is facing death, leaving her standing alone against a never-ending tide of vampires, all wanting one thing: power.
Then she meets Ray Synclair, a history professor in training with a passion for centuries past, and the harsh reality of her limited time comes crashing down on her. He is her weakness. His mortality is the countdown on Serenity’s life, and with each passing second, it comes closer to the end, for both of them.
She must uncover the secrets of her people’s past and find out who betrayed them—and who is still doing so—before it’s too late.
Serenity’s days are numbered, and Ray will be drawn into a world of myth and legend, where just being alive is enough to get him hunted down.
Because the only way to kill a Keeper is to kill their partner . . .
Praise for The Last Keeper:
“Poignant notes of longing, love, hope, despair and finding bliss with Ray and their sweeping love story that will span decades. Michelle Birbeck gave me an amazing soulmate story, the kind we romantically dream about of having for ourselves. But the problem is how do you choose between eternal bliss in exchange for death? Will you trade your immortality and family for several years of happiness with someone intended for you?”
by Braine from http://www.talkingsupe.com/2012/05/last-keeper.html
“It feels like you're watching TV series about Hercule Poirot with David Suchet playing the famous detective. But with supernatural twist and immortal girl as "Poirot". It was all so realistic - from language and clothes to the social customs of that time. Second part is set in the seventies - disco music and post flower children euphoria.
Fictional world building is one of the strongest parts of The Last Keeper. There are no loose threads or inconsistencies in the plot. Same thing goes for characters.”
by Glass from http://jacitamati.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/blog-tour-last-keeper-by-michelle.html
“I’ve never read a story with such a unique plot idea when it came to the Keepers. From the very first paragraph I was pulled in and couldn’t wait to find out more about these supernatural beings and their lives. I also loved that it was set in the mid-1900s. I was expecting something recent, something of this decade, so it surprised me with the historical timeline.”
by Passion for Pages http://passionforpages.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/review-for-last-keeper.html?zx=94c892f33c9414c3
“What I did absolutely love was the dynamic between Serenity and Ray. Serenity’s challenge is her duty – and the fact that her race becomes vulnerable when they find their partners. Usually they retire at that point, but Serenity is the last of her kind, and she won’t leave the world vulnerable to the vampires.”
By Rebekah Loper at http://blackanddarknight.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/the-last-keeper-by-michelle-birbeck-book-review-blog-tour/