Richelle Mead is a best-selling author from Seattle, Washington. She has three ongoing series with 13 novels published so far and the word “prolific” certainly comes to mind when describing her writing.
Mead writes for both the adult and young adult audiences and while all three of her series fall into the urban fantasy genre, each one of them is quite different from the others. I find it unusual, therefore, that I am equally fond of all three series. If you haven’t heard of Richelle Mead yet, here are five reasons why you should rush off to your local bookstore immediately and buy her books:
1. Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy is a supernatural young adult series featuring Moroi and Strigoi vampires and Dhampirs. It is set in St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for Moroi vampires and the half-blood Dhampirs who are training to be their guardians. Strigoi are the enemy and are the murderous, bloodthirsty vampires of lore who kill their victims, are undead and are hypersensitive to sunlight. The Vampire Academy series is incredibly popular and the books have regularly featured on the New York Times Best Seller list since the 2008 release of the third book in the series, Shadow Kiss.
The books are narrated by a young Dhampir named Rose Hathaway who is training to be a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa Dragomir. Lissa is the last remaining member of the Dragomir royal line, one of the several royal families that rule over the Moroi vampires and the Dhampirs that protect them. As a protagonist, Rose is a breath of fresh air as she is strong-willed and assertive while unmistakeably a teenager, capable of making mistakes and serious errors in judgement. The first book in the series was Vampire Academy and the series concluded in December 2010 with the release of the sixth book, Last Sacrifice. In June 2010, the film rights for the Vampire Academy series were optioned by Preger Entertainment.
2. Georgina Kincaid
The Georgina Kincaid series is an urban fantasy series set in Richelle Mead’s current hometown of Seattle, Washington. Georgina Kincaid is a succubus who seduces men for a living and feeds off their guilt and emotions. Reflecting what can only be the most hellish contribution to mortal affairs, lesser immortals such as incubi, succubi, imps and vampires are managed in a grand bureaucracy by demons and greater immortals. Georgina serves Jerome, a middle management demon who chooses to take the form of John Cusack. His best friend is a sardonic and self-righteous angel named Carter and his son Roman is a murderous and sociopathic Nephilim with a soft spot for Georgina.