(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on March 13th 2012
Genres: General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Rosalind Wild thinks it's time for the Helios-Ra to give full membership and recognition to the female descendants of the society-after all, it is 1816 and it's time to make room for new traditions. When Rosalind interrupts a plot to assassinate the leader of the Helios-Ra, she sees an opportunity to prove her worth. But she never expected the assassin to be someone so irresistible, and off-limits. Written as a series of letters to a close confidante, this exciting e-novella gives a glimpse of the early days of the vampire hunting society as seen through the eyes of Hunter Wild's feisty ancestor.
Before the infamous Drakes, before Helios Ra even allowed women to formally train, Rosalind Wild writes to her friend Evangeline about her busy life of hunting vampires. A novella told through a series of one-sided letters, Harvey offers a quick look into life before the infamous prophecy that hung over Solange Drake’s head. Rosalind has her own secrets to tell, and maybe Helios Ra has always been as corrupt as it appears to be.
“Surely a spot of blackmail and bribery is all right, under the circumstances. One does what one must when one hunts vampires.”
Rosalind Wild only wanted to be accepted for what she truly was: a vampire hunter. But hunting vampires didn’t receive the same merit being a woman as opposed to being a man. Rosalind was headstrong and determined, just like many of the female leads that Harvey pushes to the forefront of her novels. In 1815, that was a trait that remained hidden, not flaunted, which supported the format of the story. Just like I imagined Evangeline would have done, I created my own responses to every event, not necessarily agreeing with all of Rosalind’s choices.
The romance that Rosalind mentioned in the novella was not one of my favorites, and it didn’t seem as strong as some of the others that are connected to this series. However, it did have it’s shinning moments.
Corsets and Crossbows is a quick enjoyable read, and like the other novellas associated with The Drake Chronicles, added to the story.