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In Keley's Amazon description, she says: "For some it takes a lifetime to discover their raison d'être. Imagine searching for eight centuries. In 1997 Philadelphia, 800-year-old vampire Valéry Castellane comes face to face with his reason to be, in the person of Angelina Lacroix, a young mortal woman whose understanding of immortality is about to change all he's known as truth and which will take him and his readers on a journey into the human soul..."
This book gripped me from the beginning as Keley describes in a unique, archaic prose how Valery discovers Angelina, stalks her and finally confronts her...and Keley does it in the Vampire Valery's voice, never faltering with her word choices throughout. What a lilting, poetic accomplishment!
I have read many vampire books--from teens lusting after vamps to the original "vamp in bat form visiting the lovely damsel in the dark of night"--but none has impressed me like this one. Those others were rather "campy" and read for entertainment, while this one is unique and definitely food for thought.
In On the Soul of a Vampire, Valery is stunned that a mortal girl knows all about him and he becomes obsessed with learning more about her and how she acquired her knowledge of centuries-old happenings.Read more ›
There are two principal players among many others on this stage: Valery, the Vampire, and Angelina, the clairvoyant girl who somehow sensed the presence of Valery from the day of her birth, are the protagonists. And they share the same birthday. She's a total enigma, but perhaps she could be said to be Valery's alter ego and represents all that is good in humanity. She represents goodness and light, light wrapped around darkness. Does Valery, then represent evil? He represents, rather, human fraility, darkness wrapped around light. Even though he is no longer human, but immortal, he has retained very human doubts and emotions. For 800 years he has been struggling to discover his raison d'etre but until he meets Angelina and together they journey into his past, he is as clueless as any human as to why he exists at all.
At the beginning of her book, author Keley quotes from G.K. Chesterton, and to understand the complicated vampire personalities in this novel this quotation has to be kept in mind because we are dealing here with creatures who are killers.Read more ›
This book is more like fine French cuisine than cotton candy, however. There are deep philosophical and even theological underpinnings and meanings here.
Not that there's not romance- there is. Valery (our 800yo French Vampire) is passionate about Angelina, and passions burn hot and deep throughout this book. There are some pretty steamy "love scenes" too, but this is not a "bodice ripper romance". The feelings of the characters in this book are well portrayed.
Not that there's not Vampires- there are. Besides Valery, there are also two other vampires heavily involved here. I like the author's take on vampires in this book- they are neither sparkly superhumans, nor foul undead beasts. Valery is the only survivor of the tragedy known as the "Children's Crusade" and some interesting historical flashbacks are thrown in.
Our heroine is Angelina, a young enigma, and the love interest here. She- alone of all the mortals- can sense Valery and his kin. The relationship between her and Valery is intense, passionate, and surprising. Who is she? Why does she have this connection to Valery? The answers (most of them, anyway) await you.
All the main protagonists speak in an interesting and well done cadence, as if they are speaking English as a Second Language... and a 800 yo dialect of French as their primary. I loved the way they talked- the rhythm, the lilt of their almost poetical speech.Read more ›
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I was drawn in by the contemplative language or voice of the main character. The story began to draw me in and I was hooked. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Yvonne Von Innes
I read the book, but it was just a little slow for me. I like a book that catches and holds my attention from the first page. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by Sue
I started this novel without knowing what to expect. (It was a gift from the author, but that didn't prejudice me in her favor. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Werner A. Lind
On the Soul of a Vampire by Krisi Keley was not at all what I expected. It is a deeply emotional and introspective look at one `man's' search for meaning in life. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by TKrauss
It was a good read and best of all it was a free book! I am a fan of the genre in general and some are better than others. This was a good one.Published on May 4, 2012 by caren8744
These fangs sink deep, injecting one's jugular with liberal doses of philosophy, theology, eroticism, and mystery upon each page turned, another chapter investigated, and every... Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Teric Darken
On The Soul Of A Vampire is a truly unique story and perspective through the eyes (and soul) of an 800 year old vampire. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Christof Schwarzkopf
It takes the reader to an 800 year journey through crucial events of a vampire's life, inviting to an emotional and philosophical analysis of them. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Cliente de Amazon
This novel is an amazing in-depth read into the mind of a immortal vampire and a mortal girl. Thought provoking, stylish and intensely emotional, this novel is not your normal... Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Lori Pescatore
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