Willow the Vampire and the Sacred Grove by Maria Thermann is a delightful story about a young girl who was born as a vampire. Now, everyone knows that this is not how most vampires come to be; because of it, Willow has strengths that other vampires violently yearn for. Among other things, Willow isn’t trapped in the darkness as most vampires are. She is seen as a ‘child of the light’ and a virtual miracle by many; it’s just that because of the possible strengths she holds, there is no lack of power-hungry villains out too try and make use of her uniqueness.
Now as the story begins, we see Willow living the life of a normal kid. At least as normal a life as one may have with a set of nocturnal parents (the father even doubles as a musician, for those times when being a vampire isn’t out of the ordinary enough). She goes to school every day. Has her own best friends (not to mention worst enemies), friendly neighbors, and even a happy cat! It’s just that this aura of safety and happiness begins to unravel when she finds secret letters for her vampire mother (who refuses to talk about her past) was trying to hide.
Willow’s maternal relatives include a good many who are willing to do what is horrible so they can ensure their own Greatness. It is known that the strengths of vampires were bestowed by ancient gods; with the powers of Willow, might these gifts not be seen more as a blessing than merely felt as a curse? How long can Willow maintain the pretense of an ordinary existence while those who have lived as villains for centuries decide they can blackmail her for what they consider her secrets?