- File Size: 1289 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M5LFJGN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Life In Blood (Chronicles of The Order Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This story follows the genre, just enough, in some recognizable ways, while still offering unusual twists. It's good that some conventions are observed and others are thrown out. The likely audience will be those who are interested in violent small-unit conflict with swords and guns. There are several romances and conflict around vampire relations and hierarchy. This was an entertaining read. I look forward to the next chapter in Deimos Black's experiences among the Order.
A Life in Blood by Martyn Currill is Boyish Literature of the Urban Fantasy kind. 18-year-old Deimos Black, son of an accomplished vampire hunter, is recruited into an ancient organization of vampires by a lovely base commander. It is the "morally flexible" story of a young man who is gladly seduced into uncertain darkness and pain. Toward a broken and wrecked manhood. And for what? All for the cookies!
I celebrate the author's endeavor to try to make some sense of himself and this crazy world which I believe he is doing by his own story. It's no easy undertaking when the common culture and wisdom of this world is so unhelpful.
Recent coming of age books that I've read: Jason Nugent's Selection, Morgan Smith's A Spell in the Country, and Judith Rook's Planet Woman. Books I recommend for those coming of age: Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, Derek Prince's Husbands and Fathers, and C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man, OP A. G. Sertillanges' The Intellectual Life, and Jacques Maritain's Man and the State.
*waits for the collective gasp*
It could be so many vampire novels rely on over-cliched vampire cliche's or stereotyping which make many vampire characters feel flat and unoriginal. (Not the case with this book. Gonna make that clear right now.)
So when a writer guaranteed to wow me with amazing and original work and can make this grown woman fan-girl with a single post shared A Life in Blood by Martyn Currill, I'm not sure if I eeped or clicked first. The end result put this book in by hands, blurb unread.
Diemos Black, vampire hunter, finds himself healing at the hands of the very creatures his family has hunted down and destroyed for centuries. I loved his voice as narrator. He is smooth, observant and capable of bluntness when called for. We aren't spared his pain nor his victories. His consistent way of telling reliably cements the many aspects of A Life in Blood together.
I found out quite quickly that vampires and Currill's vampire lore are only a part of this story and the characters. Just as gender, age, experiences or appearance put a character together, being a vampire only describes each character only in part.
I appreciated A Life in Blood as a British military action story first. It sets great characters on a solid foundation of hunter/vampire family history and couples the whole thing with exciting combat scenes, military tech and genuine relationships then finishes it off with enough flash and bang to leave me catching my breath at the end.
A Life in Blood is a solid military-fantasy (that's my word for it) that confidently marks all the X's in blood.