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Llewellyn, the first Prince of Wales is a legendary warrior who seems invincible in battle. His struggles with the Normans and his prowess on the field of combat seem almost superhuman. There are many rumours and even his own brother cannot understand the reasons for his strength. Llewellyn travels to Carmarthen where he learns of Merlin's prophecy and his own ultimate heritage, to become a vampire. Whilst fighting a Norman knight he is bitten by a female mosquito. The mosquito is crushed underfoot by the horses of the combatants and spends the next 500 years trapped. In the present day there is a tremendous storm which alters the course of the river and releases the mosquito. She is awakened and begins her quest to procreate and establish a brood of her own. Sarah and Lynette are both bitten by mosquitoes and become strangely linked. The characters that form the basis of the story all find themselves in Wales at a hotel and their lives become interwoven as the story unfolds. Sarah discovers her own vampire heritage and also her links with Lynette. The bloodlust she has inherited from Llewellyn and the needs of the mosquito brood mother lead Sarah on the rampage of killing that seals her ultimate demise.

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Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.87" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 11, 2006
Publisher   libros international
ISBN  1905988028  
ISBN13  9781905988020  

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A horror thriller with erotic undertones  Jun 19, 2008
My second and fourth books have been published by Libros, so I thought I'd mention that I'm reviewing this novel without any favouritism. I don't do five-star fluff reviews, folks.

This debut novel is a horror thriller with erotic undertones, so if you're squeamish about grisly gore or erotica, you'd better keep clear! It starts in 1282 in Snowdon, where Llewellyn, the Prince of Wales, is fighting the English. He seems invincible, probably because he's a vampire. But his luck can't last and, shortly before he meets his gruesome doom, a mosquito bites him.

That mosquito is preserved over the years in Welsh mud, only to be disturbed by a flood in the present. Phoenix-like, the mosquito is rejuvenated and bites a sheepdog. Before long, sheep are found dead, savaged and some even bloodless. The scene is set for a motley selection of humans to interact with the curse of the mosquito and each other, and the result is death and misery for many.

While original in concept and execution, the book reminded me of early James Herbert and Stephen King. Both writers have the knack of introducing a mixture of dysfunctional and weird characters, as well as heroic innocents. Trevor Dalton treads the same road with assurance as we meet an intriguing assortment of people. Wendy and Rhys who run the Pontargothi Hotel; barman David Price, an alcoholic in denial about the death of his parents; hotel guests, among them Stephen Peters, who seems content to let his wife Lizabeth belittle and dominate him; Sarah Johnson and her bickering parents; Lynette with her parents Alan and Gillian, whose marriage is showing signs of strain; Ethel, the church flower-lady and devout Catholic.

When both Sarah and Lynette are bitten by mosquitoes, their lives are utterly transformed. The psychic link that grows between Sarah and Lynette is quite unsettling and well conveyed. The bloodlust of Llewellyn is reborn in Sarah to devastating effect.

The prose is at turns tense, poetic, moving and even humorous and sad. The author offers the reader a note - ending with, `Next time I promise I will try to do better!' There was no need to say this. Sure, point of view in some scenes shouldn't shift so much and there's a little word repetition, but these are minor faults and don't detract from the enjoyment of the book, which, for a first novel, is an accomplished imaginative outing. Don't read the blurb, though, as it gives too much away; the fact that a sequel is being written, entitled `Lynette' promises much. Horror buffs should lap it up.
Horror, horror, blood and horror  Nov 24, 2007
The Possession Legacy, a horror fantasy by Trevor Dalton, published by Libros International, is a tale of modern day vampires, set in Wales and the West Midlands. The book's monsters walk the streets of Bromsgrove, but their power came not from Transylvania, but from the mythical invincibility of Llewellyn, first prince of Wales.

Llewellyn is a legendary warrior who struggles with the Normans. His prowess on the field of combat seem almost superhuman. There are many rumours. Llewellyn travels to Carmarthen where he learns of a prophecy by the wizard Merlin that predicts his ultimate heritage is to become a vampire. Whilst fighting a Norman knight he is bitten by a female mosquito. The mosquito is crushed underfoot by the combatants' dray horses and spend the next 500 years trapped.

The plot then moves to the present. A tremendous storm alters the course of a river and the waters release the mosquito. She is awakened by the blood from a fox kill and begins her quest to procreate and establish a brood of her own.

Sarah, a sixteen year old girl, and prepubescent Lynette are both bitten by mosquitoes and become strangely linked. Several characters all visit a particular hotel in Wales and their lives are transformed by chance events that conspire to determine their common future. Their lives thus become interwoven as the story unfolds.

Sarah's story occupies a single week, during which time she discovers her own vampire heritage and also her links with Lynette. The bloodlust she has inherited from Llewellyn and the needs of the mosquito brood-mother lead Sarah on a rampage of killing that seals her ultimate demise. In the Possession Legacy we follow several characters and eventually Sarah, herself, to bizarre and bloody endings.

Throughout, Trevor Dalton keeps the pace fast, relating parallel lives and their stories like the cuts in a mental film. We have canine spontaneous combustion, pubescent girls sprouting claws, scales and exceedingly voracious sanguinary appetites, and deadly insects that survive millennia trapped in vitreous prisons.

For those who read horror books, there is plenty in The Possession Legacy to provide the tingle and curdle that is the genre's signature.
The Possession Legacy  Jun 25, 2007
This is Jurasic Park and Count Dracula rolled into one ... a new look at vampires told by a natural storyteller who draws the reader in and makes him part of the story.
A great vampire twist that leaves you wanting more  Jan 8, 2007
Just when you think authors have drained all the blood from the vampire genre, Trevor Dalton hits back with a stunning original book. The pace is good and the story flows like fresh blood on a marble floor. If you enjoy fantasy novels that will keep you up late, then I can recommend this book whole heartedly.
The new Stephen King?????  Dec 8, 2006
I met this guy in a gym in Spain. He heard I was a big shot president, of a publishing company and tried to persuade me that his 'chiller' novel was better than the next mans. Yeah, yeah, yaddah yaddah, blah blah blah, I'd heard it all before and let's be honest about it, if this big mans 'work out' was as impressive as his writing I'd be hardly running it to the Booker Prize or contacting Max Clifford!
His wife was cute though and Brenda persuaded me it was worth a read.
So I gave it a go.
And deary deary me, I finished the bloody thing in two days. So I guess I had to sign the big man up the next day in the Gym. I caught him when he was sweating like the preverbial roasting pig. I swear, I don't know how he held that pen.
You've heard of King and Edgar Allen Poe, James Herbert and the other one who wrote Frankenstein... Jeez... who wrote that? Anyway. Remember Dalton. Trevor. The big man, around for a few years to come me thinks.


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