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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.