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Sorrows (The Rogue Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 15, 2013
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About the Author
Born in 1973, and raised in Michigan, Donna Fernstrom has been an avid reader since early childhood, with a particular fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She is also a psionics practitioner, and has been involved with the online energy-worker community since the early 90s, so she knows when the things she writes about don't match reality, (but loves to sneak in a bit of reality anyhow). She breeds ball pythons, and runs a metaphysical business. She is married to a wonderful Swedish man, and has two children, a son and daughter. She currently lives in a house full of snakes and books, in Nebraska, while waiting to become rich enough to own a cow.
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Jay, an ordinary young man on his way home late one night, is captured and held prisoner by a sadistic vampire named Malachi. After days of witnessing Malachi’s blood-soaked kills and surviving repeated bite attacks, Jay becomes an out-of-control vampire. Before he makes his first kill, a paranormal Law Enforcement Circle intercepts him. With their guidance, Jay learns the rules of his new shadow world and fights the flashbacks that threaten to destroy his mind.
Sorrows: Book One of The Rogue Saga has many familiar elements of a vampire story, but presents them in unexpected ways. The tables are turned between vampires and their blood donors. Also different is the wolf shapeshifter Ryan’s friendly relationship with Jay. No creepy graveyards and haunted houses here, but there are scary moments nonetheless when Malachi threatens the people Jay holds most dear.
Fernstrom tells an excellent vampire story from a different point of view. Jay’s journey from an out-of-control cowering victim into a confident person ready for a months-long bond to the young donor Naomi is a wonderful character progression. I rooted for him every step of the way.
The story meandered around the feeding process of the vampires and Jays lack of ability to come to terms with this. I think this was a different angle to the vampire's story, focusing on their emotional dilemma, but for me it didn't work.
I found this a hard book to read and I had to resist the urge to skim. The characters were inconsistent hard to relate to, and the world-building quite poor. Perhaps I am too much of a traditionalist to really sink my teeth into this story,
I found the merging of different genres unnatural. What started out as a supernatural genre, with vampires and donors (which was a good concept,) developed a hint of sci-fi, with the portals to other dimensions, and on top of that a mage was thrown into the mix towards the end?
I think the Author tried to put too much into this book, if she had concentrated on making the characters more defined, not introducing minor characters throughout the book and focused on hunting and catching Malachi, there could have been less crying and a lot more action.
Saying that, we don't all crave action, and for those of you who enjoy a slow paced, thought provoking book, I am sure you will enjoy this one.
What I liked: The first several chapters were absolutely riveting, establishing the main lead character, Jayson and the vampire enforcement group that rescued him. Also, introduced was Ryan, the shape shifting “rael-shaa” wolf, and several more leading vampires and donors. I especially enjoyed the back story scenes that describe Jayson’s transition to becoming a vampire and the malevolent vampire Malachi. I liked Ms. Fernstrom’s succinct wordsmith ability. Most of all, I liked the several unique twists in character and worldview that Ms. Fernstrom brought to an otherwise stale and perhaps, overdone monster. The pace never let up and there were several surprising twists to the story that I truly never anticipated.
What I didn’t like: For me, there was a little too much personal introspection and exposition. Truth be told, I thought several of these big, bad vampires were… well, emotional weaklings, and failed to show enough of the cold, blood sucking creatures that vampires are generally known to be. Yes, I realize that my main dislike is part and parcel of what also makes the story unique. What can I say but, c’est la vie!
I would definitely recommend this book to all horror and vampire fans for its uniqueness and the excellent story telling abilities of Ms. Fernstrom. I will also be in line for the sequel. I'm hoping to see a couple of these guys… vampire up!