Fantasy Book Review: The Originals: The Loss

The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep.

After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn’t satisfied. He wants more. He wants power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing’s for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.

Forty years have passed since the events in the last novel. Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah have made a home for themselves in New Orleans as they planned. However, Klaus still morns his lost love Vivianne. I guess when you’ve lived for so many hundreds of years, 40 years is nothing. So when Klaus is presented with the opportunity to resurrect Vivianne, he turns a blind eye to the horrors unleashed because of it.

The Loss is the second installment in the tv-tie in series that focuses on The Original vampires, the hit spin-off of the Vampire Diaries. Klaus is all-consumed with Vivianne. Rebecca has plenty of personality and wants a bit of revenge for what Klaus put them through, and she’s the only one who doesn’t trust Vivianne’s return. And Elijah is busy trying to discover the mystery behind the new zombie-like creatures in the woods that can match his strength. This story is packed with mystery, danger, excitement, romance, gruesome action, and a great story. Everything that makes this series great. I can’t get enough of these characters and the great writing that the series is known for. I would love to see the series of books continue after this planned trilogy. After all, the Mikaelson’s have many, many centuries of stories to tell.