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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843948302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843948301
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,730,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A fierce, disturbing and downright exciting vampire novel." - Statesman Journal

"Voice of the Blood is racy and gritty. It delivers all the bittersweet irony and tragedy requiste of modern Gothic horror." - Christine Filipak, Dark Realms

"If you let Voice of the Blood get under your skin, you'll be hooked." - Horror World

"Comparisons to  Anne Rice are inevitable, but Jefferson's writing is simultaneously tougher and more elegant." - Willamette Week

"Jemiah Jefferson has carved out her own vampire niche with grisly, character-driven novels." - Rue Morgue

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About the Author

Jemiah Jefferson works in the editorial department at Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

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More About the Author

Jemiah Jefferson started writing fiction at the age of twelve, always with the goal of writing the material she wants to see but that doesn't yet exist. Her interests have always included erotica, the scientific world, the macabre, comedy, and the bizarre world of celebrity and pop culture. She has also written fiction, essays, and criticism for various local newsweeklies and online culture magazines. Born in Denver, Colorado, she now lives in Portland, Oregon. Find out more at www.jemiah.com.

Customer Reviews

I found myself not really liking the main character.
Leigh Straw
I thought that this book was written extremely well, and the details were so vivid.
M. H.
If you like Annne Rice or Poppy Z. Brite, you'll love this novel.
Snakeman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 17, 2001
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The blurb on the back of this book was clearly written by someone who wished to entice the reader, but who lacked time to actually read the book. As a result a very interesting and unusual approach to vampire fiction is hidden underneath some very vapid commentary. So if you have looked at the marketing for this little volume and decided it is yet another piece of dumb vampire fiction take my advice and go back and look again.
Graduate student Ariane Dempsey and her boyfriend John Thurbis are living a typical academic intellectual life. The only cloud on the horizon is that John is about to leave for England as a guest lecturer at Cambridge. They are having the usual difficulties of a couple facing a long separation when suddenly Ariane is catapulted into an unexpected nightmare. On returning to her lab one night she surprises a 'creature' in the middle of devouring her lab rats. In a flash it turns on her, and, in the most unusual fashion possible, fulfills its needs with her blood.
Ariane awakens in the hospital, recovers, and life goes on. As John readies to leave Ariane receives a letter of apology and an invitation to visit her intruder. When John flies to England Ariane has her first meeting with Ricari, the most ethereal of vampires. Hei is a complete ascetic, drinking only enough blood to survive, celibate, a devout catholic, and, currently, deeply desiring to end his two hundred years of life. Ariane agrees to help him if only he will share his story with her. But Ricari's end winds up being infinitely postponed as Ariane and he gradually come to love each other. But it is a doomed relationship. Ricari refuses to turn Ariane and continues to be driven by his own death wish.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harmonyfb on August 2, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cover looked good. Really. And the first chapter was promising. The initial horrific scene was also nice. It was all downhill from there.
The inital premise seemed refreshing - a vampire who was religious, and who was unhappy with himself and his existance. However, the protagonist was so inconsistently written that it made me want to scream. She was a brilliant scientist and researcher....who used drugs on a regular basis? She was strong enough to make a mark for herself in the world of science, enough of her own woman to refuse to leave her university and travel with her fiancee to support his fellowship, but she rolls over and submits to not one, but two total strangers?
Add to this the fact that there is not a single likeable character in the bunch (even Ricari, who at first seems concerned about the deaths he has caused is, in fact, only concerned with the disposition of his own soul.
Technically, the writing is good. I did, in fact, finish the novel, though the characters left me with a bad taste in my mouth. All in all, a flawed work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 24, 2001
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I don't really have much to say about this one, the story of a young woman initiated into what the back cover somewhat melodramatically refers to as "the world of the undead, the vampire, a world far beyond the myths and legends that the living think they know. A world even more horrifying than the living could suspect." Apart from minor missteps, the writing is solid, but the story doesn't break new ground, featuring as it does a vampire initiate, an older, self-pitying vampire who cherishes the past, and his long time companion, a younger, more aggressive creature of the night who revels in everything the modern world has to offer. We've seen this kind of thing before, from Dark Shadows' Barnabas Collins, to Anne Rice's increasingly banal vampire books, to Nancy Collins' Sonja Blue series. Jefferson does a credible job, but Voice is little more than a rehash of plot elements from other sources. The book's final chapters are somewhat more intriguing than those which preceded them, as Jefferson demonstrates a little individuality, describing in vivid detail the main character's metamorphosis from human to vampire, a desperate journey to save her sire's life, and two uneasy reconciliations between former lovers. Still, it isn't enough to overcome the comparative tediousness of the first two hundred sixteen pages. In the end, it's merely competent, a good, quick read, a decent travel companion, but no more than that. Readers who like this kind of thing might better spend their time with books like Rice's The Vampire Lestat, S. P. Somtow's Vampire Junction, Suzy Mckee Charnas' The Vampire Tapestry, or Michael Talbot's The Delicate Dependency.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. H. on April 12, 2001
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I have always been a fan of anything to do with vampires. One day I was just looking around and stumbled upon this book. I bought it, then began reading it the next day. After the 1st chapter I was a little skeptical about continuing the book because something happened that I just wasn't expecting. But I'm glad I did continue reading. It turned out to be a book that I couldn't put down... it was absolutely amazing!!! The characters are totally wonderful. The vampire Daniel was my favorite. You kind of wish he were a REAL person. I thought that this book was written extremely well, and the details were so vivid. You got pulled into this world of love, lust, violence, sex, drugs, and friendship. I hope Jemiah Jefferson continues writing books like this. I think there needs to be a sequal to "Voice of the Blood" *hint hint Jemiah*!!! If you get the chance, pick this book up... because I guarantee you will not be able to put it down. And once it's over, you'll wish you would've read it slowly!
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