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Blood Atonement: The True Tales of Elizabeth Bathory, Vampire Paperback – May 11, 2015
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Dark Justice – Elsa has committed crimes against humanity while with her Blood Father, Dracula, and once getting away from him she feels the need to make amends. She does this by saving girls and keeping a list as to how many she needs to help to clear her consciousness. One girl she saved, Pepa, has become her Pet but is troubled when Elsa kills someone even if it's justified. Elsa loves Pepa while her Pet has become weary and wants her freedom. Elsa reluctantly grants Pepa her freedom, slowly weaning her off her blood. Elsa's blood has been keeping Pepa tied to her, keeps her young, healthy and strong plus giving her the gift of rapid healing. Even after Pepa is weaned she stays with Elsa, continuing to be her lover as well. Pepa pretends she wants the life of a vampire and tells Elsa she is going to kill herself and Elsa can turn her. But things don't quite work out that way.
Dark Voyage - Elsa leaves her life in Philadelphia behind and ends up on one of her ships captained by the son of a man she had killed for stealing years ago when she had been treasure hunting. His name being Jack. She saves Jack's wife during a rape. She dies later from a STD she caught from her rapist. The ship is slowed in the Atlantic and they are late to shore. Elsa is suffering from a strong need to feed.
When at last they reached shore at a different port Elsa takes Jack's wife to give her a different life than the one she was living on the ship pretending to be a man. Jack, feeling like he had lost his wife after the rape is assured by Elsa she still needs him, but not on a ship full of men.
Dark Vows -Vlad, Elsa's Blood Father, shows up in Philadelphia, wanting Elsa to return to him. Elsa has married Jack, who's wife has died, making Jack think
she is someone he didn't know before. To be rid of Vlad in her life she agrees to go to his home and be remarried in his church in his religion. Once there for a few weeks Jack and his friend show up and they all gather at the church. But things don't turn out quite right.
Darkness – Elsa finally finds her sanity two years after what happened in Romania. Before she returns to her home in the states she has no memory of a beautiful girl who knows her but she doesn't know the girl in return. She is totally taken with this beautiful girl. She takes up with this girl and creates a blood bond with her. The girl keeps telling her her name is something other than what Elsa calls her. After several adventures and a continuation of giving this girl her blood Elsa realizes she had bonded with twins. Having more than one Pet at a time is a rare thing. Elsa takes her newly bonded Pets home with her.
All these stories are very entertaining and well worth the reading. This book is strongly tied to The Blood Daughter Trilogy and loosely tied to The Nine Blood Princes.
For the first time, Elsa is shown in a sympathetic light as she moves through her series of adventures and tragedies, coping with major changes through passind=g decades in history. There are three divisions to the novel: Dark Justice, Dark Voyage, and Darkness.
I am a follower. It is because of Wil that I returned to reading dark fantasy and the vampire saga in particular. His unusual focus, and great characters caught my interest and have fueled my own development as a writer.
This book fills a few of the intentional holes left in the <b>Blood Daughter trilogy</b>. I avidly read them as they came out.
These three volumes <i>in print!</i> stay on my book shelf, as well as on my kindle. I plan to take a few days to reread them when I need a reading break, once again.
What I like best about Blood Atonement is we are permitted to see Elsa not just her facade. We see a human side of a judged monster and how she has chosen to deal with her own history and life. I find this volume satisfying in the ongoing character development and the possibilities of how she will continue to change.
As a fellow writer I gather a few of the techniques and strategies I see for my own writing. I like character driven stories. They are the story of lives, human or inhuman. They are what drives good fiction.
This fast paced story line is horrifyingly exciting with compelling characters that are riveting and captivate you from the beginning until the very end. This is the first book I've read written by Mr. Ogden and I look forward to reading many more of his books.