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Looking at originality and uniqueness I'd say this book is a winner in that aspect. It's certainly have something different from all the vampire novels I have read before. It's also not just about a romance between a vampire and a mortal. It involved a lot of other things and other beings.
Sadly though, that lot of other things was what made it hard for me to get engaged into the story. All vampire novels though most run a certain plot like a formula have a unique background of where they based their kind of vampire. This book had that too (maybe). The problem was that, I was expecting that history or 'vampire ancestry'to be portrayed if not as an introduction at least little by little until you get the whole idea before you read the end. It didn't have that. I felt so lost as to what they are aside from being well, a vampire. It was as if there was suppose to be a prequel that somebody has forgot to mention to me about. Even after reading the first book, I don't have an idea what Dynasties and Nomads where. Well, of course I have a general idea but I'm not how they exactly mean in this certain vampire story. There are also other terms with regards to the hierarchy of authority mentioned that I wished was elaborated a little more.
Aside from that, I felt that the story was a bit slow. I don't get why the heroine kept dodging telling the people that matter to her what exactly happened to her. I was more than half the book yet I didn't feel like the story moved forward that much. It wasn't until I was at 70% of the book that I felt progress and that alas! the story is going somewhere.
In all fairness, that 30% of the book was quite exciting and eventful it gave me hope at what book 2 might bring even though at this point I'm still undecided if I want to find out. But I have the book already so I might give it another chance.
Character wise: I liked how the characters were portrayed even though I didn't like how they acted and reacted. I don't know if that makes sense. Morgan for example, she's very independent and even though she's romantically involved with another vampire, her life does not necessary revolve around that other vampire. Nicholas sounds mysterious, and if there's something that would make me want to read book 2 it's probably to find out more about his character and his being the Lead Enforcer. The other characters Marcus, Christophe and.. Charles? Sorry I forgot the exact name but there's a nice camaraderie between all of them that was quiet fun to watch.
With regards to the romance side of it all, I didn't quite feel that Nicholas and Morgan really loved each other even though they said it to each other quite a lot. It's as though they just got used to telling that to each other over the centuries.
If you're a fan of vampire novels and is familiar with all the possible type of the lot that there is, and looking for something different, this maybe for you.
Right off the bat we're sent into a slowly unraveling mystery with plenty of action and drama in between. I was intrigued by the story line immediately, I had no clue what to expect next until the very end. What I really loved was her unique and fun twist on vampires. It was a mix of different lore with her own spin to it; not something you see everyday and yet not too extremely different from modern tales.
The character's personalities popped from the pages, letting me in to either love them or hate them. With the well drawn out detail, engaging dialog, and smooth transitioning from chapter to chapter, I not only enjoyed the story but I felt as if I were living it!
I will be eagerly looking out for more work from this author, and I highly recommend Cast in Blood to all paranormal fans!
When I was editor and host of Smoke and Mirrors, a great many stories came across my virtual desk, written by new writers hoping to hear their work presented on our parsec nominated podcast.
When I read Final Farewell, Michelle Rabe’s first submission, I knew immediately that I was in the presence of a real talent; it was, in short, the most original “take” on a vampire story I’d ever read.
After reading Cast in Blood, her first novel, that same sense of nuance, of her own vision, and originality comes through once again.
All the time and effort she expended “giving birth” to her vision shows- and shows from the rousing first pages.
The plot is exciting, and original; the characters compelling. This is a fine freshman effort and I truly look forward to her next work. She is a talent to watch in the coming years.
The main characters feel very real, and it is refreshing to see a main female lead be able to take on her enemies even when dire circumstances are places on her. As the reader, you feel sympathetic toward her plight throughout the course of the novel, and you want her to suceed and overcome her troubles. Rabe's writing helps flesh out these characters so they almost seem like living people. The plot leaves you hooked until the end, and even then, wanting more.
I am excited to read more about Morgan's life and see where the journey takes her in the upcoming novels.
I'm so glad I did! I love the refreshing plot the book entails. Each character is drawn into a light, detailed, and personalized probably better than many other stories I've read and Michelle nails the variety of a new story-line in a busy market. Morgan is a character you will relate to, enjoy, and want to follow more on! Interesting how that little tease of romance, mystery, and intrigue draw a person to a book. I highly recommend Cast In Blood, a great new Blackstone novel series to love!!
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