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- Publisher: Poison Pine Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2017
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Lycanthrope Rising: The True Story Behind The Vampire - Werewolf Wars (The Toronto Vampire Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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How could people be missing this? It's awesome!
Granted, I'm a huge fan of mixed genres and Mr. Matsui here not only has a grand and deft hand at all these genres, but he manages to weave them as skillfully as I've ever seen.
Honestly, these books are a real treat for well-read fans of all these genres, but I doubt even the casual reader is gonna complain. There's great tension, pathos, commentary, satire, drama, all based on solid reason. Hell, we even have plausible science, a genetic twist, ancient history, a bit of romance, and a really cool gladiator twist.
How? Just... how?
I should really just say... TRUST THE AUTHOR. :) These are a really wild ride and this sequel to Late Bite is keeping up the quality. :)
Eventually, I understood the premise of the book: a millennia-long rivalry between two supernatural forces: wolves and vampire-mutants, all resembling humans in some way when in resting state. (The wolf clan, however, can revert to a form that completely looks human, whereas the vampire clan can never quite shake off its alien-looking appearance). The wolf clan looks much like a super-rich, powerful, Mafia-like network the world over, hiding their true supernatural identities. However, while very powerful in natural fighting ability, the vampires are very few in number, struggling mightily with the procreation of new generations.
The book came together much better near the end where the inter-species war became more apparent and in fact, started to do battle. The beginning, while beguiling, was often baffling as I wasn't sure where the book was going. There are multiple characters each with his or her own point of view. The battles are ferocious and well-described in gory, shocking details. The two main characters, Dragul Mangorian (what a spooky, Dracula-like name) and Tim Gracey (a snobbish, posh name) are both quite unlikeable, as they want nothing less than a takeover of the world--on his own terms. I think Jimmy Jacks, the prison superintendent, was the only character I respected, whereas Mangorian and Gracey were entertaining, but also repulsive, like watching a train wreck. In this book, more than usual, supporting characters are treated like props, to commit to death as soon as his or her usefulness was expended.
I don't buy the premise that a main character can be charged with crimes and then have these charges dropped, in the case of "assisted suicide" of several dead victims. Assisted suicide is a very serious charge in Canada, and there have been very rare occurrences of physician-assisted suicides where a mentally sound adult with a terminal, devastating disease has asked a medical doctor to end his life. These cases are still prosecuted, despite some legislative moves in Canada's Parliament to de-escalate the seriousness of those medical cases. In this book, the deaths were definitely not medical-related. With newly emerging cases of on-line encouragements and cyber-bullying of despondent victims, suicides are not to be treated lightly.
The cover is a little puzzling. From that alone, I would have deduced it was a romance novel. Then, perhaps paranormal romance. But there's no romance in this book.
For the book's moments of brilliance but acknowledging the wobbliness in some of the plot, I award this three stars.
I'm suspicious of organized religion as a whole and I'm not quite sure the Church of Gaia isn't going to reveal in later books some sort of ulterior motive like other characters did. Even the humans are moving pieces in the background and have their own agendas.
Maybe in the next book or so, the true hero of the series will emerge. I thought I knew who we were supposed to be rooting for as the series progressed, then I realized it was not so towards the end. Usually, when I read a book where vampires and Lycans are locked in some sort of centuries old feud or it's another type of shifter, I'm meant to be rooting for one of those groups to eventually win. At least, in this book, I was rooting for neither by the time I finished