TIME WITHOUT END
by Linda Lael Miller

November 1995
ISBN: 0-425-15042-9
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Mass Market Paperback
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This is the story of Valerian, a vampire who works as a modern day magician. Time Without End is an extraordinary tale of Valerianís love for Brenna, whom he first fell in love with in the 14th century when he was a mortal. But there is a curse on their love and Brenna dies shortly as they fulfil their love. Every century or so, Brenna comes back as a different woman with the same appearance, only to die again as a result of consummating their love.


In the 20th century, Valerian meets Daisy Chandler, a detective with the homicide squad in Las Vegas. There is another vampire who keeps killing Valerianís woman and Valerian is determined to find the evil vampire. Daisy loves Valerian but she is a mortal. Is there a future for them?


I was totally immersed in this book and each chapter brought a whole lot of surprises. The world of vampires is certainly not glamorised by Ms. Miller but she sure makes the hero a stunning figure! Itís no wonder Daisy/Brenna falls so hard for him. He travels through time with ease, but carries over 20 centuries of burden with him.


The story has murder, suspense, fantasy, time travel, history, vampires and lots of passion and romance - something to offer readers of every genre of romance! Ms. Millerís research into the vampire cult and time travel as well as history must have been very thorough to come up with a great story like this. She portrays vampires as they are in folklore, creatures of the night that lose their powers when the sun comes up.


Daisy is a great heroine. A tough no nonsense cop who only goes weak at the knees for Valerian! Aware that heís a vampire, she canít explain him to anyone or they would think she was crazy! Though there are occasional glimpses of humour in the story, it is a serious book certainly not written in a lighthearted vein.


Now I really want to read the other two vampire stories Ms. Miller has written in this trilogy, Forever and the Knight, and For All Eternity!


Reviewed in March 2002 by Mary.

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