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Marianna, an attractive yet bloodthirsty vampire as we know her from the earlier books, is somewhat mysterious. Yet in Dawn of the New Breed, we finally meet her in her human form. We meet her as a brave young woman who is in love with the king’s chief general. Later we can witness her transformation into a vampire, which began in the fifteenth century. We could say it occurred and completed in the fifteenth century, yet Marianna keeps some of her human characteristics and values long after she joins the undead. In this sense, her transformation may seem to be more of a gradual process.
The second part of this book shows us Marianna in our present time, observing and stalking the triplets Juliana, Rocco and Marcus who are the main characters of Murderous Little Darlings.
“We are what we are and we do what we do” -- is a theme already featured in the earlier books. It directly concerns vampires who have urges normal humans cannot understand. But the same theme indirectly extends to other situations described in this book. Marianna was raised as a Christian and was therefore expected to behave in a certain way. Marianna’s lover as the king’s chief general faces the same dilemma -- he is what he is, i.e. the king’s general, so he seems to have no other option than to obey the king, just as vampires seem to have no other option but obey their instincts. Both the king and the vampire instincts often demand unspeakable atrocities.
Vulnerable orphans who grow up without loving parents surrounded by irresponsible drug users seem to be limited in their options too. Marcus sees the possibility of a monstrous metamorphosis into something inhuman and evil as their only route of escape while his siblings may be of a different opinion. Many characters in this book seem to revolt to what one would normally expect of them. They do so in varying degrees, which makes the plot unpredictable and therefore extremely interesting.
Another repeating theme of this series is revenge. Many characters deeply dislike their new vampire selves, but they are willing to accept them for the sake of revenge. Yet once we accept evil in us it usually gets out of hand.
This is by far the best vampire series I have ever read. The author captures the whole process of becoming a vampire so well that I am almost inclined to believe in vampires after reading his books. The imagery surrounding ravens is powerful, compelling and frightening. I will never look at ravens the same way I used to.
I can easily imagine this book as a movie, but it would be a challenge to keep its high standard.
I seem to remember this quote from another book in the series, but it rings truer here than anywhere else. Wow, what can I say? Mr. Hennessy has truly outdone himself this time. I'm a huge fan and this book has exceeded even my expectations. It's a prequel to the series, but I'm glad I'd already read all the others because it was very cool to go back and see how it all began.
The first half of the book takes place a long time ago when Mariana is still human. She's not necessarily the main character in the other books, she's more of the catalyst so this was very intriguing. We've seen how the others become vampires.
Mariana is in love with a man who serves at the right hand of a dangerous king. As a Scot in the English court, in love with an English woman, he is constantly in danger. He has enemies. When the king orders him to do something that is against everything he believes in, he disobeys orders and everything unravels from there.
After the events that make Mariana who she is, we jump forward quite a bit in time to when the triplets are born and growing up. We see more of their dynamic and their beginning fascination with vampires as well as Marianas beginning fascination with Juliana.
It was interesting seeing Mariana when she still had more of a conscience, more of her humanity. She wasn't always the monster she becomes.
The world that was created here was vibrant and intriguing. I could see it coming to life, leading me along to certain nuggets of knowledge that pointed to reasoning behind things in later books.
There is nothing not to like here.
Dawn of the New Breed is the prequel to Murderous Little Darlings and I was counting down the days until it's release.
It was great to read about a young Juliana and her brothers and to find out what Mariana was like when she was human.
The book has the right blend of showing us Mariana's history and showing us more modern times with the triplets. We also meet some other characters from the other books in the series such as O'Hara. I enjoyed reading about these secondary characters and learning more about them.
Being from the West Midlands, I enjoyed the references to places local to where I live. I'll never look at Dudley Castle in the same way again.
I like how when Mariana was human, people thought she was evil and bit young girls' necks. Although it was untrue in her human days, it was a prophecy of what was to come. In fact there are lots of little things that happen throughout the book which prophesis what is to come.
I like how the Mr Hennessey always writes his books in such a way that it leaves things to the readers imagination so each reader may have their own idea of what happened. Eg. The triplets mother claimed a demon impregnated her. Is this the ramblings of a crazy woman or was she attacked by the same monster that attacked a human Mariana centuries before?
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