… the lord who loved a magician? KJ Charles starts off the excellent Charm of Magpies series* with The Magpie Lord. Lucien Vaudrey is the new Lord Crane, now that his (completely unlamented) father and brother are dead.
… the female serial killer who gives Hannibal Lecter a run for his money? Chelsea Cain’s novel Heartsick follows Gretchen Lowell, who was one of the country’s most notorious serial killers until she turned herself in to the police.
… the terrifyingly realistic vampire apocalypse that destroyed 98% of the world? It’s a bit misleading to refer to Justin Cronin’s epic novel, The Passage, as a vampire novel, since these are not like any vampires I’ve read about before. In fact, this novel is really like nothing else I’ve read before either.