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Reviewed by Benjamin Long for Readers' Favorite
Krystoff, the main character, is locked in battle with other organized vampires against well-established vampires. It illustrates a classic power struggle where the bourgeoisie rebel against aristocratic power through rebellion. The story’s protagonist trysts with a half breed vampire who at first resists the hero of the story, but the hero feels compelled to save her from danger. There is a feeling of paranoia about the tyrants as the story plays out as the antagonists that they face take on a legendary form. The book has a nice tale involving graphic violence, not too graphic but enough to show the grotesqueness of the horror genre.
My overall impression is that the tale differs from the normal tales of vampire vulnerabilities. Instead of traditional stakes, sun and all the stuff that we have heard in relation to vampires, this book alludes to more realistic presence where the enemy gets blown apart and ripped to pieces and provides more realistic, vicious methods of putting down an enemy besides chasing corpses with stakes and holy water. The allure of the female half vampire Alexandria has a nice appeal to it where she presents a mere damsel in distress in the beginning of the book where Krytoff must rescue her from the enemies that he combats. I applaud this novel for not retelling the same story that has been told a million times in the past. Although classified as a supernatural novel, I would put this in the horror genre.