Donor, by Ambrielle Kirk, is the first installment in her new Dresdan Coven series. Best known by this reviewer for her Caedmon Wolves series, I believe this new Dresdan Coven series will be just as good. While the Caedmon series stars inter-racial/inter-species leads, this new series starts in a similar way. With African American hybrid Elaina and bi-racial vampire Vicq, Ms. Kirk leads us on a journey of discovery about false beliefs, love lost and found and true destiny.
Elaina and Vicq are separated by forces beyond their control, to the point where Elaina believes he is dead. To save herself, she starts an entire new, normal life. Unknown to her, Vicq, because of their bond, is able to locate her and watch over her.
She carries the Dresdan infection in her blood and her former employers, District 5, want to capture her for study. While their ultimate goal is to eliminate all Dresdan, they want to study how she exists with the Dresdan cells in her body and not become a full-fledged Dresdan. Elaina reaffirms her knowledge that not all Dresdan are evil killers. Vicq also exposes her to other hybrids who are living complete lives away from District 5’s notice.
The one point I found confusing in the story was how District 5 continually finds Elaina. My first thought was that there is a tracking device embedded in her “5” tattoo. But then I thought when she is in the convenience store and gets captured, that it is the overly nosey store clerk, who tips them off.
I am hoping that in a later installment, as the characters are continually developed, we can learn more about the origins of District 5, Vicq’s full history, as well as the full story behind Elaina joining District 5. I look forward to future books in this series.
-Reviewed by Selina