- File Size: 2176 KB
- Print Length: 530 pages
- Publisher: Krisi Keley (November 23, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 23, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006D3YET6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,947,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pro Luce Habere Volumes 1 & 2 Combined Edition (On the Soul series) Kindle Edition
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At the beginning of the novel, the year is 1212 and Valéry is a 14 year old on fire for God and his faith. He leaves home to join the Children's Crusade only to end up in slavery at the hands of the people he sought to convert. Four years later, near death from a beating, his "maker," Lukios, an ancient vampire, saves him from death but Valéry now must kill others to survive. At first, he refuses, but he eventually settles into a pattern of killing those who have hurt him or those he considers criminals.
I especially appreciate her character study of Valery, who is no ordinary vampire. He's a vampire with a conscience. He's a vampire who is struggling with his faith in God (not unlike many mortal humans).
In one scene, he plans to kill a woman who has wronged him, then he realizes she is pregnant and leaves her alone (one of the best scenes of the book because it shows Valéry's compassion).
Despite the fact that he is a vampire, it has become easier to love and empathize with Valéry as a complex character who has a conscience. And in the end, it begs the question: What is God's plan of salvation for this vampire with a conscience? Is there any hope for him? Is there any hope for any of us, for that matter? Of course, the answer is there is always hope.
In the second half of this combined edition, Valery continues to be haunted by the darkness and death he has seen in the human world around him. Yet he is unable to escape the sense of wrong in what he's become so he seeks a new world (in North America), free of the Old World's pain. Valery continues in his struggle to understand the battle between light and darkness, both within his victims and within himself, as mystical dreams and repeating the mistakes of his maker lead him towards the truth eight hundred years of pain have tried to have him deny.
There is no denying that Krisi Keley is a gifted writer who can weave intricate story lines and create characters so real it's hard to believe they're fictional.
I enjoyed advancing through time with Valery and his "child," Michel. The setting, language and historical accuracy are done extremely well and I could easily picture Valery and the other characters in the different time periods (I found it amusing to picture the two of them in 60's garb...). Valery is definitely a character with contrasts. He kills others to stay alive, then at one point he reflects on the destruction and sometimes pointlessness of war.
As I've said in my reviews of Keley's other books, I don't normally read "vampire" or paranormal novels, but Keley's writing is so beautiful, I want to relish each word and sentence. I especially appreciate the Catholic themes of free will, redemption and God's unconditional love.
Valery's dependence on Michel for companionship leads to a chilling climax that had me quickly clicking the forward button on the Kindle.
Beautiful language, Catholic themes, complex story, well-defined and believable characters make this a wonderfully intense read! Keley is an incredibly gifted author, one whose future books I look forward to reading.
This edition is two novels in one and is an incredibly great value! I highly recommend it!
Ellen Gable Hrkach
Four years later, Valéry, near death from a beating, is saved by his "maker," an ancient and beautiful vampire named Lukios. But at a terrible price. Instead of dying a mortal's death and at last seeing the light of heaven, Valéry, now an immortal vampire, must abandon thoughts of heaven and kill to survive.
His faith all but destroyed by his experiences and "new life," Valéry begins a journey stretching over three centuries, from Alexandria to the port of Genoa and beyond, across much of medieval Europe, including his native Kingdom of Arles. Traveling both alone and with Lukios, he searches desperately for meaning in what has happened to him. And because he must, he learns to kill.
After reading the first few paragraphs of volume 1 of Pro Luce Habere (To Have Before the Light), I suspected I was in for something different. I was. There is a richness to the language here that evokes just the right tone and conveys both the time period in which the book is set and the passage of time--of centuries unfolding. Ms. Keley is, simply put, a brilliant writer.
And she can tell a story. In Valéry she's created a rich, complex character you care deeply about, even as he takes human lives. In spite of it all, you sense the potential for great good in him. His anger with God and his struggle to not quite become the "creature" he says he is are, well, very human. It doesn't hurt that Ms. Keley somehow manages to infuse her vampire death scenes with beauty and love (love of the vampire for his victim and vice versa).
I highly recommend this book. And I guarantee that after you read both volumes of Pro Luce Habere, you're going to want to continue with Valéry's story in Keley's On the Soul of a Vampire.