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On the Soul of a Vampire (On the Soul series Book 1) by [Keley, Krisi]
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About the Author

Krisi Keley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now lives in Chester County with her family and eight dogs. "On the Soul of a Vampire" is her first novel and is Book One in a planned series. A writer and artist with a degree in Theology and education in foreign and classical languages, she has always been intrigued with supernatural, paranormal and horror fiction and how these myths try to answer humankind's questions about the spiritual, good vs. evil and the nature of man. She is presently working on Books Two and Three of the series, in which she hopes to share more new theories about both vampires and the human soul.

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  • File Size: 1324 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Krisi Keley; 2 edition (June 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006D23TGQ
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By betty l. dravis VINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
On the Soul of a Vampire is an impressive debut novel for such a young author; one can almost believe that she was born in her main characters' time period and knows them and their surroundings intimately. That's the depth of writing and characterization that author Krisi Keley manages to convey in this intriguing work.

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.
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Vampires have a large hold on our collective imagination. The teeth, the haunted eyes, the seeming melancholy, the erudition, the charisma, the sophistication (Vampires all went to a university somewhere). Vampires all seem to belong to an archaic upper class- the formal language, the formal courtesy. No vampire worth his salt would talk like a slangy American so our vampire hero, the wealthy Valery from Philadelphia, dresses suavely, speaks in cadences, and long, long ago he was an aristocrat who lived in a castle. We like our vampires in the Balkans somewhere. Our hero comes from provincial France, good enough. He's beautiful, too, but is a vampire little more than a serial killer and can a vampire have a soul?

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.
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Although I am not a big reader of the "Vampire Romance" genre, several of my friends are. In the words of one of them- "Oh, they're like eating cotton candy- light, sweet, and just plain fun!". Nothing wrong with that, I enjoy some books just for fun, not everything can be or should be great literature.

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.
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