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- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publisher: Krisi Keley (November 23, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 23, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006D31RW8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,240,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's the exquisite character of Valery that drives these books, eloquent, intelligent, deeply contemplative, witty and beautiful both inside and outside. He was a young man with tremendous faith in God when he was turned into a vampire against his will in thirteenth century France, just after the Children's Crusade in 1212. Volume one of Pro Luce Habere chronicles his outer journey from that time through centuries of life in Europe, and the inner journey of his struggle to reconcile his belief in God and the morals inherent in that belief with the fact that he must kill in order to live.
Volume two continues from there and takes Valery to the New World of America in its early days of colonisation. During the civil war, he uses his abilities to take away the suffering of soldiers who are dying in such pain that they beg for death. To them, he is an angel. We follow him back to Europe for a time and through the two terrible world wars of the twentieth century. Valery continues to suffer over the nature of his existence, feeling that he is an evil monster, while it is clear to those who love him that his soul is full of the light of love and compassion. His unquenchable search for truth and the depth of his love are extremely moving.
The purity of Valery's love will make you question your assumptions about the role of sex in a love relationship. Keley's vampires have no desire for sex, just for the knowing of a soul that they feel at the moment they take a life. It is this, more than the blood, which sustains them and drives their blood lust. The purist of souls ignite Valery's love, and his relationships with those who, even though he fights against it, inevitably become his `children' are extraordinary.
His pain is that he can't overcome his overwhelming desire to completely know the mortals he loves, as he only can at the moment of their death at his hands, or to loose them to a mortal death. So, even though he knows he is condemning them to the everlasting suffering of a pure soul fighting the evil of his existence, he turns them, then suffers with remorse as they fight the same inner battle he does.
The first book was set in the present day, and books two and three are Valery's memories as he lies dying in the arms of his beloved at the end of book one. At the end of this book, we return to that point.
These books are deeply moving, and if you like an intense, passionate character, extraordinary writing and have a fascination for history, then you may become a fan. I give it 5 stars and look forward to the next instalment.
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 particularly love her character study of Valery. He is, after all, a vampire, but he is a vampire with a conscience and this shows in his interaction with other main characters.
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 (during one of the World Wars) 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 find myself easily empathizing with the main character, despite the fact that he is a vampire. He is and has continued to be an incredibly well-developed character. I especially appreciate the Catholic themes of free will, redemption and God's unconditional love.
Valery's loneliness and dependence on Michel for companionship leads to a chilling climax that had me turning pages quickly (or clicking the forward button on the Kindle).
I highly recommend this wonderful book (and the other two in the series) to anyone wanting to read a beautifully written story with a great cast of characters and Catholic themes.
Ellen Gable Hrkach