Book Review: The Fires of Tartarus (The French Vampire Legend Book 3) by Emma V. Leech

Jehenne thinks her trip into the depths of Tartarus is the most difficult thing she'll have to endure in the near future but soon discovers how wrong she is. Corvus is not the same man he used to be, an entire family of vampires is looking to her to lead them, there's an angry god out set on dragging her back into the Underworld to be his lover, the Vampire Senate has become suspicious and is coming to test her, and Jehenne is about to find out just how powerful she is.

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Title: The Fires of Tartarus
Book Number: Book 3
My Rating: 4 Stars
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I think the most interesting thing for me about this book was how it had this really cool parallel with the first book. It was a very similar situation, but the opposite, and it brought an interesting perspective and more insight into a character whose POV we’ve never actually gotten. *SPOILER* In Book 1, Corvus remembered all the time he’d spent with Jehenne and the relationship they’d had, but she didn’t since she didn’t remember her past lives, for a while she was afraid of him and disliked him because she didn’t even know him, and Corvus was jealous of her easy friendship with Rodney. And then in this book, Jehenne remembered all the time she’d spent with Corvus and the relationship they’d had, but he didn’t because he had no memory of his life, for a while he was afraid of her and disliked her, and Jehenne was jealous of his easy friendship with Kai. *END SPOILER* It gave the reader a bit of an idea for what Corvus must’ve gone through when he’d first met Jehenne, why he was so emotional and erratic and sometimes seemingly cruel.

The characters were mostly great again too. I’ve become more attached to Jehenne, Corvus, Cain, Rodney, and even Ines now that I’m three books in. And the relationships among them, especially the family relationships, were nice to read about too, often complicated but still touching at times. Even Ines with all her sociopathic tendencies grew on me. And Jehenne herself became pretty damn badass. That scene when she sat on the throne was especially awesome, as was the one when she made a deal with Dis Pater. I was glad she seemed to be a lot more mature and smart this time—she’s really grown. As for Corvus, he was interesting in a whole new way because we got to see a different side of him, the person he used to be, much more cruel and dangerous. Oh, and I loved how, when Kai started wearing Jehenne’s clothes and nail polish and makeup, not a single one of the characters tried to stop him or force their gender stereotypes on him.

The fact that yet another man was in love with Jehenne, however, was unnecessary and forced since it was just instalove. I wouldn’t have minded if the love had been believable, but it just wasn’t. Thankfully it was just kind of a side thing at least.

The plot in this one though really had a lot going on, more than the other books, but in a good way, what with a trip to Tartarus, battling Dis Pater, everything going on with Corvus and Jehenne’s relationship with him, and the father of all vampires showing up. It made for a lot of tension and stress among the characters, which combined with the touching aspects, gave the book some emotion too.

So overall, this was another great addition to the series with lots of great tension and action, characters who showed growth, passionate romance, and sweet family relationships!


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  1. Bookworm Brandee

    It seems like these characters really have some depth and as I’m a fan of character growth that’s a good thing. 🙂 I’m happy that the dynamics between the characters as well as their further development made this a worthy installment in the series, Kristen. I have the first one in this series thanks to you and I’m making a list for OctobeRecFest/FraterFest…this series is going on the list. 🙂

    1. Kristen Burns

      They do! And the characters and their relationships have definitely evolved throughout the series. The last book should be coming out soon. Maybe. It was supposed to be this year lol. I’m excited though!

  2. Lola

    Sounds interesting with how this book has a sort of parallel with the first book, with it being a similar situation, but then reversed. Sounds like Jehenne has grown quite a bit over the course of the series. Too bad about that extra man being in lover with her feeling a bit forced and not being developed enough. The characters and the relationships sounds really well done in this series.

    1. Kristen Burns

      The character herself never noticed it, but I thought that parallel was interesting because it really did give me more insight into the other character and why he acted how he did in the first book. And Jehenne has definitely grown. The love was just unnecessary, but luckily it was such a small thing.

  3. Greg

    Wow, bitchin cover. Sounds like a lot going on in this too, like you said! Plus anything called The French Vampire Legend series can’t be all bad. 🙂

  4. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    That cover is amazing! The series itself sounds great too. I had to chuckle when I read your comment about even starting to enjoy the character who has sociopathic tendencies. Sounds like an interesting crew!

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Book parallels! It’s brilliant when an author can do that and it’s so cool the parallels are so strong between the two characters and this helped explore the personality of both and how this affected their actions. It does sound like there was plenty going on in this book and even if there was stuff which bothered you (like another character falling in love with Jehanne) it does sound like it was small annoyances and I think that’s good because it shows how invested in the story you are.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yes! It definitely gave me insight into the other character, and I loved that. There was so much going on in this book, but in a good way, and it definitely outweighed the little annoyances 🙂