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Petra (Immortal Codex) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 5, 2017
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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“I am the Prima Vita, the only true immortal. But the darker the gift, the higher the blood price—and I have paid it all.
At the moment of my making, at the turn of the first millennium amid the glories and horrors of Ancient Rome, two men died with me. Both reborn in my immortal blood, one became my lover and the other my enemy.
I promised the unspeakable to save Lucius from Clarius. The bargain, once struck, was simple: die with Clarius once a year to keep Lucius safe for an eternity.”
I should probably start out by saying that one of my favorite quotes from this book was “Let go of the life I take and embrace the immortal you will become”. With that said, on we go!
We start our eternal adventures with Petra retelling her past next to her, what I can only call her, dearest friend Aurelia a she transcribes the tales to what Petra called “The Immortal Codex”. As Petra takes a trip down memory lane, while she plots her way to end a lifelong eternal bargain, we visit ancient Rome, Sicily and other amazing places. Once you get in the mood and ambience of this book you will not be able to put it down. Trust me, I tried to do it and get a decent night’s sleep and I couldn’t. Petra, who’s forever 18 years of age and a true depiction of beauty, is a slave. As she’s forced to help deliver her masters unborn child, she decides to take justice in her own hands (her mother was brutally murdered by her master). She takes a phial of poison and gives it to the woman in pain. The woman dies and her master, Clarius decides to deliver his unborn child himself. We see that the scene is gruesome and sad at the same time. I cried while he was looking up as his dead child. Clarius then takes Petra away and goes on to avenge his wife and child. What happens next is truly a masterpiece. I’m sorry I don’t want to give too much away *wink wink*
This book is enticing. Exquisite in detail. We see beautiful gowns, estates & vineyards. As soon as I began to submerge this amazing read, it gave me some major “Interview with the vampire” feels. We get to meet some interesting characters along the way, one of them being Cassian, a man who feels no pain. And Aurelia, a woman ahead of her times. We also learn the different houses for the “Eternae”. While this book has an amazing potential to be one the best reads of the year, I must admit it does have one flaw, that ending left me hungry for more. I cannot tell you how good and full of emotions this book was. As we move along the centuries in this trip, we get an inside, and I do mean INSIDE, look at what seems like infamous “plague”.
I truly hope that book 2 is as captivating and mesmerizing as this one! I cannot wait for these to come out! The excitement is real!
Part of the attraction of this book was that it begins in the Roman Empire, one of the few historical eras I don't mind reading about. Also, I know the author can write a good tale.
I don't want to give anything away but this origin tale won't answer all your questions about "how did vampires come to be" but it will introduce you to a new breed of vampire. In fact, there are two types of Essentiae (might have spelled it wrong) but only one source of immortality. This isn't a "one bite" and you're in forever club.
One thing that stole some of the tension from the story is the story outside of the story format. We start in the future and then the tales are retold as they're written into the immortal codex. Because of this, we know that some people who leave the "family" will eventually return and that spoiled the story for me.
If you like vampires, you should definitely check out Lasota's new series. If you enjoy reading historical fantasy, you'll probably enjoy this.
I received a review copy and have chosen to review the book.
I can't say enough about the characters. The two main characters, Petra & Lucius, have a complex relationship that centers around both what they have become and the love that carried over. Their nemesis, Clarius, shares an equally complex relationship with Petra that is both horrifying and strangely addicting to watch play out. I love a well-written villain, and Clarius is certainly that.
I would recommend this story to anyone drawn to not only vampiric tales but love stories and historically rich stories. I cannot wait for the next books to come out.
What an emotion-filled, action-packed story! There is never a dull moment, that’s for sure. And I absolutely loved all of the historical aspects of the story. I fell in love with both Petra and Lucius. Their love story is at once passionate, enduring, and heart-breaking.
I was drawn into the story immediately and caught up in the romance and intrigue. This being the first in a series, I know the story is bound to get grittier and continue on this wild, passionate, romantic ride. I look forward to reading the whole series.
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