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The most captivating part about Montano's world is his descriptions. I can't count how many passages or paragraphs I re-read over and over again just because I wanted the vivid imagery to stay in my head. Montano does not fool around in this. He's a master of narrative description, making each part of his haunting and strangely familiar world seem like something that can actually exist. I found myself excited to see the next setting in the story only because I couldn't wait to read how Montano explained it.
I'm glad that, in a time when all vampires are written as tragic, romantic heroes, Montano reminds us why we used to fear the night. These vampires are not anti-heroes, but malicious demons who seek to destroy the human race. Though they play only a minor role in this first book, it was easy to detest and fear them by seeing them through Eric Cross' (the protagonist) eyes. The Ebon Cities, onyx-black pillars kilometers high that the vampires use as their homes, sound like something straight out of hell and I can't wait to visit one, vicariously through Cross, I mean.
About the only real downside to this story was the supporting cast. Told entirely through Eric's POV, most of them don't last very long and the ones I did invest time in getting to know were often killed before they could shine. Aside from that, I enjoyed this dark novel and am looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Overall, I did actually enjoy this book quite a bit. This book reminded me (a bit) of the movie PRIEST.
However, there were some serious flaws. The author uses just a select few adjectives to describe the same things over and over. If I had to read that something was ebon (black) one more time, I was going to scream. Also, things get described over and over, as though the author thinks his readers are too stupid to remember what he has already told them.
Not all of the flashbacks are as clearly defined as they should be, although I never found them confusing enough to actually get lost.
The sister's story is also not as developed as it should have been.
In the end, I felt that this book deserved 3 1/2 stars. Since I can only give whole stars, I gave it 4 on the hope that this author can improve subsequent books.
Within the first few pages I was hopeful, it had all the elements of an outstanding tale. I was skeptical that the author would live up to the potential, but i must say I was blown away. The story does not disappoint- wonderful thought process teamed with research and true creativity. I loved it- Horah! Mr. Monato!
I love the way he adds detail - spun like poetry, ever flowing to create the mental picture. This tale reads like I was watching a movie, (Yet in the bet way possible) the right amount of everything. No drawn out love story, no cliche' bull$***, just a master piece- thank you for sharing Steven.
The story is a dark adventure, from start to finish. Montano's prose is richly descriptive. I could smell the acrid smoke and mists, the warm swamps oozing black waste. There were times I wanted to wash the mud and the stench of the world right off of me. The world building was dark and thoroughly done.
This world does not resemble the earth "before the black" in any way--save for the occasional vestige...reminders of a time when "Cross" the main character, was young and his life was good.
His journey is riddled with things that you hope are never the cause of a bump in the night.
I'm not overly fond of vampires and vampire stories, but from the very first word, this book sucked me in and refused to let go until the last.
Dark and grim, the landscape was beautifully painted in nightmares. The creatures were imaginative, I just wish a few of them were more described, as I assume they are in future books. Also, I wish there was more about that camel. I really grew attached to the poor creature. I think that's my only complaint, in fact, was that there wasn't more about the camel. Does he come back in a later book? I feel like there was a story there that we're not being told.
All 6 of the following books have been added to my wishlist. I can't wait to see where this story goes! A few minor typos but nothing that detracted from the story for me. I will definitely be recommending this book to other readers.