Early Review: Acquainted With the Night by Piper Maitland

Acquainted With the Night by Piper Maitland
 Berkley (Penguin/Nov. 29th)
Source: From publisher for review
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A woman’s quest for the truth…A medieval icon that holds the clues…And an ancient book with the power to shake Christianity-and humanity itself.

London tour guide Caroline Clifford has never believe in vampires- until her uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archaeological site, and a vampire hunter who corresponded with him seeks her out.
Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead them to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited to an age-old text on immortality-and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy all they know…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Acquainted With the Night. Piper Maitland is a new author for me, and I’m certainly always up for discovering new authors, plus, it’s blurbed by Diana Gabaldon, which is a win. I had a feeling I’d like it, but had no idea I’d enjoy it quite as much as I did. I’ll be honest, I have a ton of books on the TBR pile, so I readily admit to checking a books length, and if it exceeds the 300 page mark, you might see me wince a little bit. Acquainted weighs in at a healthy and robust 500+ pages, but I swear, they go by fast! Caroline Clifford (Caro), is a former doctorate candidate turned London tour guide. Not really her dream job, but it’s a living, and she has a roommate she gets along with, so things aren’t too bad. When she gets word that her Uncle was killed in a horrible way while on a Bulgarian archeological dig, it’s a tragic blow for Caro, and it’s at that point that things begin moving very fast for our heroine.

When handsome Jude Barrett comes into her life, claiming to have a connection to her uncle, Caro doesn’t know what to think, but clues left behind with her uncle’s things will set them on a globe hopping adventure to find what may be the key to immortality. See, Jude is a biochemist, and had been researching vampiric properties in mice when things took a bad turn for him he had to run for his life. Turns out Caro’s uncle may have known a little something about the existence of vampires, and it could also have a connection to Caro’s parents and her past. What follows for Caro and Jude is an adventure filled with mysterious monks, religious idols, illuminated texts (one book in particular will prove very important), and the phrase “trust no one” will certainly prove true. Expect some sizzling hot romance with Caro and Jude, and while the twists are fairly easy to predict, I didn’t mind, because the ride was so much fun. A fascinating, historical story, some truly evil vamps (and a nasty human villain), brisk pacing and tight prose make Acquainted With the Night a worthwhile, rollicking read! The author certainly left things open for further novels with Jude and Caro, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout!


  1. I would have passed this one by, but after reading your review I think I have to add it to my TBR list! It sounds great, and for me the longer a book the better =) (and I am also a sucker if an author I love is quoted saying something great about the book, and I love Gabaldon)
    Nice review, thanks for the tip on this good book!

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