Jabril - D.B. Reynolds Having read Raphael, I went into Jabril with extremely low expectations. I must admit that I was mildly surprised with Jabril; however, Cyn, the protagonist, once again found herself mixed up in vampire intrigue, but this time it was at the behest of the master vampire Jabril. Cyn was initially hired to search for a missing girl, not because Jabril believed in her prowess as an investigator, but to irritate his rival Raphael. Jabril Karim Al Subaie was the scion of a very traditional and conservative Arab family who'd been allies of the Saud dynasty for centuries, longer than even Jabril had been alive. He demanded respectful and submissive behaviour from his servants ... and his women. (page 19) Those scant few sentences should have served as a warning of what was to come in this book. Of course, being an Arab man, Jabril was not enlightened enough to see women as his equals. He had no female vampires in his guard and abused and raped all those he used for the purposes of feeding. To make sure that the reader was appropriately horrified, Jabril spent the entire book either abusing White women, or trying to abuse White women. Two beautiful young blonde haired blued eyed young girls absolutely needed to be saved from this man.Of course Cyn saw how wrong this situation was right away: The young woman was treated like an ill favored pet and made to dress as if her femininity was something shameful to be hidden. Cyn didn't care how old the vampire lord was or where he he came from. That kid was young and scared, and those big, blue eyes had been born in America, or Cyn would eat her boots. (page 25)To ensure that Mirabelle, the only female vampire on Jabril's compound did not create undue lust in the male vampire population, she was forced to dress in black and wear an "ankle length skirt, t-shirt and loose black sweater, even a scarf to hid her long blond hair. Her shoes were black Nikes, and she wore black old lady socks that rose above her knees."Read More