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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"The Vampire’s Quest" by Damian Serbu injects originality into paranormal fiction. St Michel appears to vampire Xavier and sends him on a quest. Xavier’s emotionally turbulent lover and fellow vampire, Thomas, is uneasy about this, and rightly so. Xavier encounters his dying friend Anne who has supernatural powers. She is dying and beseeches Xavier to free her enslaved grandson. As Thomas says, Xavier is ‘the vampire that cared about the world and the people in it’. He will do anything for his friend, even though this particular action is against the vampire ethic. The ethic means vampires can feed off evil humans, but can’t otherwise interfere in human events. Transgressing vampires face the ire of the Vampire Council if they disobey. Thomas rightly fears for Xavier and so gets Anthony to help him, another vampire and friend. Can they protect Xavier from the terrifying consequences of his actions?
Damian Serbu himself describes his writing as gay horror. There is darkness and violence in the novel, certainly, but it is not too disturbing. This is writing that is hard to categorize. This is a modern novel, although it is set in the last century. The author’s love of history adds an extra dimension to it too. It is brutal but also tender. I hope the gay element won’t put off any readers since the love between Xavier and Thomas is moving and powerful and always sensitively described. The focus in this book is on friendship and loyalty, both of which are tested to the limit. There are many layers in this absorbing and richly constructed book.