Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Blood and Chrysanthemums (Creed) Paperback – September 28, 1995
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In this book we are also introduced to a very old Japanese Vampire, who took centries to work out that he was not only a 'deamon' as there are no vampires in Japanese mythology to guide him.
The Japanese section of this book gives it a lyrical quality, while the Canadian sections with Ardith and Dimitri bring it into the modern world.
This book is easy to read, and enjoyable. It's more an exploration into relationships than a 'horror' novel - but then who would want their life to be a horror story all the time?, even if you were a vampire.
I absolutely loved The Night Inside, which was the first book in this series. Years after I had read it, I found out that there actually was a sequel to this novel; Blood and Chrysanthemums. Given the fact that I am an avid vampire fiction reader and adore Japanese culture, I was more than thrilled to start reading!
Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations at all. The main characters, Ardeth and Rozokov, which had such a great chemistry in the first novel, now live in a small mountain town and play "faithful" husband and wife by vowing not to consume human blood. Given that the predation of humans for their blood is what makes vampires so interesting, this bores down the novel quite a bit from the start. However, it gets worse.
Rozokov cheats on Ardeth by *oh shock* drinking from a doctor of a nearby hospital. Ardeth is upset, flees back to Toronto to see if she can get her old life back. Both Ardeth and Rozokov are contacted by an ancient Japanese vampire who - hold on - wants to make new vampire friends before killing himself. I have not read such emo vampire crap since Twilight!
In short, absolutely nothing happens in this book, other than some contemplations on what it is like to be a vampire. Part of the novel contains diary entries of this Japanese bloodsucker, but unfortunately I found these not very interesting and rather distracting from the actual story. Perhaps this should have been a separate novel. I did not feel for the characters at all. Nancy Baker did a fine job of very vividly describing every situation, but in my opinion, this did not save the book.
I guess Rozokov was right after all.. Vampires are solitary creatures and should not be together. 'Cause it makes for boring storytelling!