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3.0 out of 5 stars Pike can do better, November 6, 2011
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This review is from: Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn (Paperback)
I wasn't a huge fan of the way The Last Vampire series ended, but I accepted it as the end. So I was surprised but not shocked to see this book in stores a year or so ago. After all Pike was a popular teen author back when I was a teen, but his books were cheap enough to buy with allowance money so I'm sure they didn't make him a millionaire. Why not cash in on a craze that he was way ahead of to begin with by bringing his old heroine back? Her stories have a lot more bite than this Twilight crap the kids are reading these days (pun SO intended) so I'd even say she's welcome back. He needs to show these newbies how a real vampire tale is told.

So if he'd done it right, I'd have few complaints. But he didn't. For one thing, he doesn't come up with a good way of justifying his "ending" in order to bring her back realistically as a modern-day vampire. When last we saw Sita, she turned out to be just a character in a sick boy's stories and she'd been returned to her original life as a human being. Pike painted himself into a bit of a corner, but he could have extricated himself with more grace than the clumsy explanations he wound up using instead. I wasn't a huge fan of the last book in the series, but I can think of a lot of ways he could have taken that ending and ran with it. Why not start the story 5,000 years ago? Why not let history repeat itself, or let Sita come alive from the pages of the book in some way? Instead, he asks that we mentally throw away much of what we read before, accepting it as the product of an author's imagination. He never gives us a plausible way to do that, however.

So all that aside, how is this book? It's . . . okay. Just that, and no better. Once again, Sita is facing powerful enemies. Once again, they come from her past. Once again they're incredibly powerful because SHE is incredibly powerful and fighting people even more powerful than she is, is the only way to create dramatic tension. I get it. But Creatures of Forever (The Last Vampire 6) pushed the limit in terms of how powerful he could make her enemies. She travels through time to defeat them, for Krishna's sake. So where do you go from there? The answer is more epic, bloody battles. More psychic powers. More doomsday scenarios. We thought humanity was in danger before, but this time it's REALLY in danger -- etc. etc.. It's kind of like when Buffy the vampire slayer asked how you make the plural of "apocalypse."

The book ends on a cliffhanger, because the main bad guys (Or is one of them really a good guy?) have yet to be destroyed, and their evil plan for mass genocide has yet to be stopped. I'm sure I'll read the final (?) installment eventually, but this book doesn't make me particularly eager to get to it. After all, it's not as if we can trust that what happens in the "end" will be real. Based on how he treated his last big ending, Sita might wake up ten years from now in yet another installment declaring that this one was all a dream. Whatever. If the author can't be bothered to make things more interesting than that, I can't be bothered to make time to read his book.

But for all that, it's STILL better than that Twilight crap.
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