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For All Eternity (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Linda Lael Miller

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Title:For All Eternity
Authors:Linda Lael Miller
Info:Berkley (1994), Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
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I absolutely LOVE Linda Lael Miller's Vampire Series and I'm the proud owner of all 4 of them. This series is fabulous and definitely worth the read. :) One of the very few books that I found worth re-reading. ( )
  bonniemarjorie | May 7, 2013 |
This is the second in Linda Lael Miller's vampire series. Features Maeve Tremayne and Dr. Calder Holbrook. This was not one of my favorite books by Miller. Immortal vampire (Maeve) and mortal man come across each other on a battlefield during the American Civil War. They fall in love at first sight (no lines, no waiting, folks) and hardly spend any time together except for the random moments--which can be counted on one hand--that Maeve pops in to see him from various continents and centuries. She is busy battling the ancient and mad vampire queen, Lisette, and is fated to become the next vampire queen.

In the meantime, Calder is trying to convince her to transform him into a vampire so they can be together through eternity. The way the book reads, however, he seems more interested in the bennies of being able to travel to the future to gain more knowledge about medicine and to be able to bring back antibiotics and morphine, etc. for the Civil War soldiers.

The characters were both kindhearted and wanted to ease the suffering of mortals, but I found the romance part lacking. They were also both stubborn. This is one of those times where if you attended a wedding you would say, "Ah, I give 'em six months."

The first book in the series, "Forever and the Night" featured Maeve's twin brother, Aidan. He was a disgruntled vampire who fell in love with a mortal (Neely) and if there were any possibility of it happening, he would be willing to sacrifice anything to be given his mortality back.

Both books feature an ancient vampire, Valerian, who was both Aidan and Maeve's maker. I'm thinking there must be a third book in the series about him because it was made clear that he had an interesting past that needed telling.

[Edited] Just saw on another review that there are four books in this series. The next two are "Time Without End" and "Tonight and Always". ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Jan 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425144569, Mass Market Paperback)

Written more in the vein of Anne Rice's well-known vampire series than the traditional vampire romance (if such a thing exists), this second book in Linda Lael Miller's vampire quartet takes place in a setting inhabited by angels, warlocks, vampires, and mortals, all very literally at each others' throats.

Powerful vampire Maeve Tremayne revels in her immortality. Free to travel at will through time and place, she is restricted only by the rising of the sun. Just and honest, she takes nourishment only from the cruelest members of mortal society, those who are "truly evil, not just misguided," except when she eases the journey of the dying by offering them a final moment of ecstasy and release from pain. During one of these missions of mercy to the dying soldiers in a Civil War field hospital, she meets Dr. Calder Holbrook. Calder has heard the tales of a beautiful angel who roams the battlefield and takes the dying to their rest, but he believed she was only a morphine-fueled dream of men in pain until he sees her for himself. Maeve tries to put the mortal doctor out of her mind. Her brother loved a mortal and gave up his immortality for her, condemning himself to an eventual human death; she refuses to follow his example. Her attraction to Calder is too strong, however, and she finds herself drawn back to his time--and eventually into his arms. Unfortunately, complications arise that threaten the growing relationship between Maeve and Calder. Maeve finds herself the reluctant champion of her kind when she is called upon to track down and destroy the mad vampire queen, Lisette, whose depravity threatens to bring down the wrath of the warrior angels on all immortals--vampires and warlocks alike. Maeve must strike an alliance with the enemy warlocks for their mutual protection and garner their help for her battle with Lisette. Her love for Calder makes her vulnerable, however, and in her fear that Lisette might strike at her through him, she makes him a virtual prisoner. Calder, who has demons of his own past to battle, chafes at Maeve's protectiveness, which threatens to drive a wedge between them.

Linda Lael Miller's For All Eternity succeeds as an intriguing story on two levels, both as a sensual, otherworldly romance and as an intense and dramatic battle of wits between two powerful and vastly different creatures of the night.

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