Off Axis

A Modern Day Vampire Saga

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
462 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Off Axis: A Modern Day Vampire Saga is a dark urban fantasy novel by author DD Scarlet, and the second book in the Mars’ Lair series. This is the no-holds-barred life story of Mars McKinnon, a vampire with a unique species biology of the author’s own making, who feeds on pranic energy from living prey. Book two picks up where the last tale left off, as Mars descends into the destructive ways of Lair life, relying on his mentor Anton to guide him through the harsh realities of his adult vampire life. This central core relationship carries Mars through murder, deception, darkness and self-discovery as the lore of the Lair is expanded and connected out into the modern world.

I don’t normally enjoy the extremes of violence, sex and gore, but for Off Axis: A Modern Day Vampire Saga the visceral quality is completely justified. Readers must be prepared for a dark, gritty journey that never shies away from blood and guts, but those who seek terrifying excitement will certainly find it in DD Scarlet’s writings. The writing style is sharp and to the point, focused intently on character and action, so I’d say readers looking to delve into a well-developed culture system quickly and without extraneous detail will definitely enjoy picking up Off Axis. Scarlet presents a true anti-hero in Mars, whose journey of reckless self-discovery is one which we revel in and root for despite his wild ways. Highly recommended for fans of genuine dark fantasy, violence and intrigue.

Samuel Colbran

I just finished Off Axis, and still reeling from this complicated story Ms Scarlet created. I gave the first book four stars, but this is a five star all the way. The richness of the world of the modern Vampire is layered, layer upon layer of intrigue and complexity.

In this book, D.D expanded the pov to other main characters. Off-Axis opens the reader up to the mindset of very primal creatures. Mars is still the main character, and his emotional range is impressive.

Ms Scarlet has taken the trope of Vampire and made it feel like it is real in this world. Then she shows you how entirely broken that world is.


What a gritty read with well-developed characters and intriguing plot. Love the way this gutsy author writes without candy coating the dark, twisted and horrible which is why I gave the 5 star rating.
While this isn't a book for everyone, it is definitely purchase-worthy for any lover of the Vampire/Erotica genre wishing to spend time in the lair.