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- Book 1 of 3 in Empire of Blood (3 Book Series)
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I have to say: I'm really impressed.
Wilson's dystopian Empire (formerly the good old U.S. of A.) is well-thought out and carries a weight and depth to it unlike many others I've read about. The vampires of his world are both tribal and democratic, as well as useful tools of the Empire itself.
The characters each have a richness to them that leads you to worry for them, hate them, admire them and/or loathe them. Hank, in particular, is a man with a fully developed back story that plays its part in defining who he is and how he handles the tragic circumstances in which he finds himself.
Although Toby could have used just a little more fleshing out, near the end of the novel we see some further depth to the boy that I hope promises some interesting turns of event in future volumes. And, let me say that I do fully expect there to be future volumes!
Such incredible conflict of character is displayed in wonderful relief with the person of Simon. His storyline is such that I would have never guessed from his entry onto the scene near the beginning of the book. Wilson has done a fantastic job in truly doing something different with the "whole vampire thing."
The only reason that this novel did not get five stars from me is the partial cliffhanger of an ending... but that is to be expected as this is to be the first in a trilogy of novels. All well and good. Now, where the hell is the next one?? :o)
What impressed me was the new version of the vampire genre. After reading hundreds of stories of novels this is truly an original.
Brilliant work. Cannot wait for the next one.
That being said I am really eager to read the completed work. The draft was of such amazing quality and work.
Let's put it this way. I don't much care for Vampire stories, but this story is so much more then blood sucking pretty boys that all the tweens swoon over. These characters are real people, the vampires have a story to tell, and there are great intertwining plots in this story. There are real conflicts and struggles for the main character.
If a person who doesn't much care for vampire books can enjoy this, I am certain diehard fans of the genre will enjoy this as well.
You are getting some damn good writing for a damn good price.
I've had Shining in Crimson in my book pile for what seems like an eternity, the combination of a new author tackling my boys always sent a trickle of fear down my spine. And you know what I wish I had picked up this book as soon as I had got it. RSW has created a a refreshing take on the vampire and the vampire novel. A world ruled by a mental Religious Empire, that uses the vampires to strike fear into the hearts of it citizens is a work of genius. This arrangement has worked in the past, but the Vampires are not happy with this arrangement any more, they want to rule the world. Caught up in the middle of this on coming war is Hank Evans, sentenced to be fed on by the vampires for the smallest of crimes. Hank will battle with every ounce of his being to escape and save his son.
This is a well written, and hugely entertaining novel, that manages to discuss moral and religious arguments without ever becoming preachy or sounding like a soapbox for RSW. My only criticism of the book is the opening chapters could have done with being edited down, as it did take a little while for the book to grab me. But stick with it folks this book is worth it
You'll not find some glistening torsos and smouldering eyes in this book. What you will find is a brilliantly thought out society of Vampires. The book does not deal with black and white issues, the humans as the good guys, and the vampires as the monsters. You'll find good guys and monsters on both sides of the war.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a bit of a departure from what I normally read. I love vampire genre but am not big on horror. Such a contradiction, I know. I previewed this book and got sucked in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Brockway
I expected a cheesy vampire book like most of them are these days. But, as soon as I started reading I found myself entranced with Hank and his scary situation in Necropolis. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alissa self
The entire story was quite unique in a sense that it doesnt exactly follow the norm when it comes to vampire tales. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rebecca Jordan
and this author is apparently a beginner at writing, as all of the usual mistakes were on display: telling, not showing; awkward and confusing action sequences; silly dialogue;... Read morePublished 19 months ago by catlover
Vampire stories aren;t my thing but this is actually a good story. Post World War world, Vampires...neat twist on the same old thing.Published 19 months ago by Ephraim