Book Review & Giveaway: Hawkesmoor: Novel of Vampire & Faerie by Anne Merino

Hawkesmoor: Novel of Vampire & Faerie by Anne Merino

Publisher: Rivercliff Books & Media (an imprint of Wetware Media) – May 18, 2020
Category: Vampire Romance, Romantic Fantasy, and Paranormal
ISBN: 978-0-9971416-8-9
Available in Print and ebook, 486 pages


Vampires, Romance and dark Celtic Mysticism fuse and blaze in this epic tale set in Manhattan, Yorkshire, England — and time itself.

Robin Dashwood, a handsome and charming British vampire with long gone aristocratic connections, is about to be thrown into an epic adventure that will shine light upon the rise of the vampire. This is the last thing he could imagine himself doing. Robin prefers to hide in plain sight, having devised a quiet life for himself in New York as a history professor in hopes of avoiding other more powerful vampires and their dangerous, decadent political machinations.

A chance encounter in a Manhattan art gallery introduces him to the beautiful Lady Caroline DeBarry and reveals a vicious murder from Robin’s human past. In search of answers to this historical mystery, he returns home to England and to Caroline who has captured his heart. As Robin uncovers the truth, he finds traces of a far more ancient and shrouded realm than even that of the vampire. This will shake the foundations of vampire lore and its brutal hierarchy, placing Lady Caroline in terrible danger and setting in motion events that will lead to a final bloody confrontation between a revenant army and humankind.

Hawkesmoor is the first book in a trilogy that will continue the eerie adventures of Robin Dashwood — a very British vampire.


Guest Review by Sage Nor

Hawkesmoor. Even the name calls to mind a windswept castle with long, dark hallways and shady corners with terrible secrets. Which is exactly what it is, of course. In her debut novel, ‘Hawkesmoor: A Novel of Vampire and Faerie,’ Anne Merino created a tale of intrigue, romance, vampires and a chilling mystery that has been kept secret for centuries.

Robin Dashwood has spent hundreds of years trying to put his past behind him. As a vampire he has all the time in the world, but an incident occurs that makes him wish more than anything that he could go back in time and set the past right. See, Robin used to be an Earl of the British aristocracy. Set to inherit his ancestral home of Hawkesmoor, Robin fled the country under mysterious circumstances on the night of his betrothal to Lady Elizabeth, his one true love. As far as Robin’s family and friends were concerned, he vanished without a trace, never to be seen or heard from again. But in actuality, Robin became a vampire and fled to America, where at the start of the novel, in the 21st century, he was living as a college professor in New York City.

Robin’s past catches up with him, however, when he is invited to an auction and quickly discovers that it is an auction of the assets of Hawkesmoor. After also finding out that Elizabeth had been forced to marry his cousin after his disappearance, Robin decides to look further into the mystery surrounding his former love’s sudden death, which he can only do by returning to England and returning to Hawkesmoor.

This was an absolutely electric read and one that I recommend highly! I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put it down for hours. I will definitely be adding the next books in the series to my ‘don’t miss’ list! I give it 5 stars.

Advance Praise for Hawkesmoor

“The paranormal features are refreshingly unconventional and well handled. Fans of romantic fantasy will be interested to see where the series goes.”- Publisher’s Weekly

“Delightfully well-crafted, intricate and enchantingly imaginative, I was drawn deep into this enjoyable read with its complex world and fascinating characters. It actually makes me feel excited for vampires again!  Romance and adventure, with an odd charm all its own, and fully realized world-building. Highly recommended!”- Award-winning author of A Lady in DisguiseNine Ladies Dancingand Miss Fortescue’s Protector in Paris

“Hawkesmoor is a delightful ride through vampires and time. Its mysteries draw in the reader irresistibly.  And it’s more fun than Anne Rice!”-Bryan Alexander, Georgetown University, Futurist, and author “Blogging Dracula since 2005”

“If you’re in the market for a new, fresh vampire saga or just a bloody good time, look no further!”-Steve Hockensmith, New York Times best-selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

About the Author

Anne Merino grew up in Arizona and Wales before deciding to become a professional ballerina. After a long career dancing for notable companies in the US and abroad, she retired from the stage to write novels and plays. She lives in Northern California with her filmmaker husband, two sons and a retired working dog named Hector.



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5 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Hawkesmoor: Novel of Vampire & Faerie by Anne Merino

  1. teddyrose1 June 16, 2020 / 2:23 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting!

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  2. Anne Merino June 16, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    Huge thanks to both Bound 4 Escape and Sage Nor for reading Hawkesmoor and writing about it! Deeply appreciated indeed and thank you for presenting it so beautifully on this handsomely designed blog! — Anne Merino


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