Friday, March 25, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This is the first book of a well-written trilogy, and we are looking at an “alternative” history, written in an epic/steampunk style. Basically, a plague of vampires have swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans killed outright, and millions more died from disease and famine due to what followed as vampire clans took over, bringing human technology to a virtual halt, leaving them in the steam and iron driven days, driving those who lived in England to reestablish their empire and societies amid the steamy, hot mosques of Alexandria, and other warm regions—where the vampires can't go.
Vampires in this book are looked upon by humans as “things”--not even considered creatures, but even they were not certain as to how they went about repopulating themselves. However, this sort of is reminiscent of how the Native Americans were thought of and treated in “the new world”. At least thinking of it in this way help me cope with their attitude, however I didn't like the vampires in this book. The only one with a shred of decency was Gareth. The vampires in this story are more or less throw backs to how vampires were treated as horrific creatures—evil to destroy—such as was the case in many older vampire novels where the vampire's basic desire was to hunt and attack humans and drink them until they were dry/dead. In this book the vampires pro-create themselves, like any other beast. An interesting twist. However, I was left wanting something more in them than the basic hunt/kill, I-want-to-rule-the-world egos.
Because the authors have re-written history, I will point out the year is 2020—in the future, and that in the year of 1870 vampires swept over the northern regions of the world, taking it over, and forcing the human population toward the equator regions, and keeping those they feed on impoverished, and more like cattle. These vampires are a separate class of beings who do not shun the sun, however can sort of float, and can't take warmer climates. That is why they now live in the northern regions.
Because of the fact that vampires had nearly devastated humans in a huge war in the 1800's, developing technologies by humans were atrophied. They managed air ships—which I'm guessing are like helium balloons that float. They are mainly living as though in the 1800's, basically, with coal for heat, and no other advancement possible because of the possibility of war with the vampires is always there. I sort of liked the inventions of “Fahrenheit” blades, in order to kill the vampires.
What I did like about it was the story itself of Princes Adele and The Grayfriar who come together to fight vampires--his pledge of keeping her safe, and we learn his real identity soon enough. Adele is abducted by the vampires under Prince Cesare's command. Cesare wishes to take over his aging father's realm, but his softer-hearted brother, Gareth, who dwells in Scotland, seems to have the upper hand in this and he takes Adele from his brother's clutches. These two prince vampires are as different as night and day, and we readers know by this time who he is—but keeps his true identity from Adele for at least half the book.
I liked also that Adele had some unusual talents that even she is unaware of, although are not fully explained in this book, but some are introduced.
It has enough pulp action with a steampunk style, bringing in epic political themes of both sides who want to rule the world. It does set up for a heartbreaking romance, with enough sacrifice by the heroes which might appeal to readers who gobble this stuff up.
I don't believe I'll be reading the remaining two books of this epic. I'd have to put this on the next to last bookshelf.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
If you thought there was only one type of vampire, well, you're wrong. There are many different types of vampires and what they feed on. Let us look at a couple which I am mainly interested in and will be using in the next two books.
Not only are there Sanguine Vampires, such as the types we know of from the popular movies, TV, and books, but there are others, who take blood from their victims, but here are a few more to consider.
Energy Vampires, or what could be called Psychic Vampires, take energy from others. These are common, and from what I gather from various sources, are very real, living people. Many claim that unless they "feed" from others they feel very sluggish, even weak. Some must be in the same room with their victim. However there are some who can perform such energy vampirism from afar. Many such vampires will not feed from someone who isn't aware that they are doing so, and find a willing subject.
Sexual Vampires have refined their tastes to take energy which is released through sex. I would think the same applies as with Energy Vampires. The vampire would want to give their victim ample warning beforehand.
For my very fictional vampires, I've found ways to incorporate them into my next two books. My next book, Vampire's Trill I introduce a "psychic" vampire, who I will have return in a later novel.
The third book, tentatively titled "Between The Veils" will deal with several different vampires, as well as a Nephilim who has the ability to send forth something quite terrible.
On that note I leave you. A very good night from your Mistress of the Dark.