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Eyes Like Blue Fire (Broken Edges) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 5, 2013
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About the Author
A longtime fan of horror and fantasy Ms. Lyons writes character driven novels that while influenced by her darker interests, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio where she lives with her fiance and two children. Eyes Like Blue Fire is her first novel.Wendy Won't Go, a novelette is forthcoming from J. Ellington Ashton Press and she's currently at work on Apocrypha a short horror collection with Robert Edward Lyons II.
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Not being a vampire reader, I have been laboring under the misguided idea for years now that all new vampire fiction had gone the route of Twilight. But here, in Ms. Lyons's debut novel, I see that I was mistaken. Actual vampires do still roam the underworld of the horror genre, much to my surprise and delight. The atmosphere in this book is sufficiently heavy and dark, but without being a copy of old horror tropes. The lead character, Katja, is a very sympathetic protagonist in the same vein (hah) as Louie, the reluctant creature of the night and narrator of Interview with the Vampire. I don't really know how to get into the actual novel without giving a lot of it away, so I won't. Katja roams the night not seeking blood, but love. Her world is one of past blending with the present, of regrets and mistakes and bone-deep longing.
This novel is very obviously a personal work, and the author's passion comes through the page. There will be times, as you read along, when suddenly a phrase or a scene will come that is so succinct, so poignant, that you need to stop and contemplate it. These unexpected jewels can make any book, no matter the genre, a treasure. Even when something isn't my particular cup of tea, I can appreciate it. And I would recommend this work to lover's of the vampire sub-genre of horror.
This is NOT an urban fantasy romance book, this is a paranormal horror book and a damn good one! The plot is amazing! If you are thinking about sparkling vampires, just stop! This book brings them back to all their glory and gore of the underworld. The way they should be seen.
Katja is a lonely and haunted vampire. She missed her creator/lover/mentor - Anton. Katja is stuck between the past, when she was mortal to the present of being a blood thirsty vampire looking for her next meal. Her mind is never far from Anton. In fact, she still hears and sees him sporadically. Anton is leading her to someone. One of Anton's other creations has her eyes on that someone too and will destroy him if Katja can't get there in time to save him from destruction. Will she make it? With her apprentice be saved from destruction?
Ms. Lyon's paints a very vivid scene, it's almost like you are there seeing it firsthand! You feel every emotion that Katja is feeling. It's insane, but in a good way!! Her writing style is similar to Anne Rice. There are parts in this book that made me cringe.
If you buy just one vampire book this year, it should be this one.
There has been a lot of time invested in the development of the characters in this book. The Author describes in great detail the emotions, feelings and thoughts of the main female lead, in an effort to create a link/bond between the character and the reader. There is a lot of back story for the main lead also, which helps explain her current circumstances and the motivation for doing the things she does. Not the same can be said for the male lead, he is full of angst and intricacies that make him not a very lovable character at all; he really reminded me of a teenager who declares all too often that the world doesn't understand what he's going through. In a sense this is true, as we don't understand his particular lifestyle, what may have helped him would have been the Author giving him as much attention to detail as she did the female lead. Other characters in the novel seemed to appear for no obvious reason and then leave just as quickly. Even though some of their involvement in the plot was explained at a later date, it still made their sudden appearance seemed a mite contrived. The character I enjoyed the most in the novel was the villain, unfortunately she didn't appear until about a third of the way through the book. She was, as all good villains should be, malicious, vindictive and violent.
The full history of a main character, and the time taken to build a world, is something I usually enjoy in a book (the sweeping epic), but for one of this length it was not needed, along with the all too frequent flashbacks. But again, if this is something you enjoy in your reads, you won't be disappointed in this one as it delivers in all three areas.
The novel also contains a lot of descriptive scene setting, again in an attempt to draw the reader into the world between the novels pages. For some this may be too much description and not enough dialogue, but I actually liked this aspect of the book, along with the fight scenes, as I am not a lover of the `chatty' novel. However, the amount of descriptiveness in the book has a tendency to slow the plot down, and it's not a fast paced building plot to begin with.
After reading the summary I was interested enough to want to read the whole book, and it did start off with such promise. However, the formatting on both my Kindle for iPad and for PC was diabolical. There were sentences cut off halfway through, and being turned into paragraphs; chapter numbers appeared in a seemingly random way and, it was very rare for one to appear in the intended spot. This really interfered in my enjoyment of the novel, and actually made carrying on to the end a painful task. As I have said, in a previous review though, I will not put a book aside completely unfinished as I feel that is more of an insult to the Author than a mediocre review.
Would I recommend this to others? Yes, especially to the fans of The Twilight series and Vampire Diaries lovers, it is right up their street. If you are looking for something vampiric along the lines of Anne Rice, I would steer clear, this is not for you. I would actually classify this as a nice little book for YA readers.
If not for the formatting debacle, and the inconsistencies in the appearance and development of some characters, I feel I would have really enjoyed this book. As it is though, I wasn't made to care enough for the lead to make me want to read any of the other novels in this series.
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