REVIEW: Escaping Exile, by Sara Dobie Bauer

Escaping Exile

Title: Escaping Exile
Series: Escape Trilogy Book One
Author: Sara Dobie Bauer
Genre: Paranormal
LGBTQ+ Category: Gay
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages/Word Count: 83

About the Book

Andrew is a vampire from New Orleans, exiled to a tropical island in the 1800s as punishment for his human bloodlust. During a storm, a ship crashes off shore. After rescuing a sailor from the cannibals native to the land, Andrew becomes fascinated with his brilliant, beautiful new companion, Edmund.

Edmund is a British naturalist who has sailed the world seeking new species. Intrigued by creatures that might kill him, immortal Andrew is this scientist’s dream-but so is making his way back home. Edmund will fight to survive, even while wrapped in the arms of a monster.

As light touches and laughter turn to something much more passionate, the cannibals creep ever closer to Edmund. Can the ancient vampire keep his human alive long enough to escape exile and explore their newfound love, or will Andrew’s bloodlust seal his own doom?

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The Review

“Do you think you’re damned?”

Normally when engrossed in a novel I get to the end and curse myself for forgetting to take notes. Spending extra time hunting down the parts I really loved and finding quotes that stood out. Well, this was different.

I’m pulled into Andrew (Andreas) and Edmund’s adventure, and instead of forgetting to take notes, I have more notes then the length of the story. I want to remember it all. Sara’s writing always seems to captivate me and has me wanting more. At times I feel like I’m reading poetry and though I’m not a huge fan of poetry, for her, for this story it works so beautifully.

Andrew was last in New Orleans. Now being punished for his last kill, he’s sent to an island in… well, he doesn’t know where. Edmund is a naturalist and the ship he was on crashed while traveling to Brazil. Injuring his head during the crash, Edmund finally wakes only to be told there are cannibals on the island. Spending a few days together he realizes Andrew is the reason the cannibals have stayed away, until now. Until him.

“Damn it, what are you, Andrew?”

“Something very old.”

“Christ, crocodiles are old!” He holds the small knife out in front of him. “Tell me.”

“My people called me upiór.”

The two men start working together to feed, entertain, and even learn about each other.

“He is a beguiling amalgam of brave and frightened, brilliant and insane.”-Andrew

I am a huge fan of the authors writing. I know I’m in for a well written treat no matter the length of the story. If you want wonderful descriptions, some mild angst, man eating danger and to learn how a upiór can love without killing, this is the story.

About Georgiana: Georgiana’s a true military brat through and through. Currently, she lives in one part of the world and tomorrow, maybe another part. She doesn’t believe in having four walls in any aspects of her life. She’s a reader of all LGBTQ+ literature, but she really loves finding and getting lost in a great Grimdark Fantasy. No need for a happy ending, just a captivating adventure to keep her coming back for more. When her nose isn’t in a book, she enjoys exploring new territories, going on adventures, being crafty, and working with her hands.

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