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Voice of the Blood Paperback – February 1, 2001
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"A fierce, disturbing and downright exciting vampire novel." - Statesman Journal
"Voice of the Blood is racy and gritty. It delivers all the bittersweet irony and tragedy requiste of modern Gothic horror." - Christine Filipak, Dark Realms
"If you let Voice of the Blood get under your skin, you'll be hooked." - Horror World
"Comparisons to Anne Rice are inevitable, but Jefferson's writing is simultaneously tougher and more elegant." - Willamette Week
"Jemiah Jefferson has carved out her own vampire niche with grisly, character-driven novels." - Rue Morgue
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Voice of the Blood is a racy, erotic vampire story. The author has done a wonderful job of creating an original cast of vampires who dispel the current characterizations of their world. The diverse group of vampires, from the hermit-like Orfeo to the rock-star-like Daniel with his groupies, entices the reader to keep turning the pages. This character-driven story is more about transformations than good versus evil.
As the first book in the Vampire Quartet, we get an introduction to the main characters in the series, but this book is Adriane's story. As the story narrator, we get to see the world through her eyes and experiences, but while you may not always like the lifestyle choices she makes, it does give insight on how easily one can be seduced by the fantasy of unending pleasure, forbidden love and a youth-obsessed culture.
There is a heavy emphasis on sensuality, which to the characters are erotic and pleasurable, but for many will be raw and racy. This is definitely adult storyline, and this theme works well to illustrate the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that can propel unexpected reactions. The action is well-paced, though I would have liked to see a little more suspense built in so the unexpected violence did not seem so sudden and uneven. The story takes place in the academic world of San Francisco and the often unseen seedy side of Hollywood with the different locations reflecting the multiplicity of characters and moods.
I recommend this book to adult readers of vampire fiction who do not mind racy storylines that push the boundaries on the gothic horror genre.
Reviewed by Beverly
APOOO Literary Review
When Jefferson takes Ariane to the second "part" of the novel, we're introduced to Ricari's opposite, Daniel. And we're introduced to a debauched, sex-crazed, drug-addicted society where anything goes. This wasn't a novel for young adults to begin with, but here we see the underbelly of the paranormal and the depths to which immortality's boredom can take those who just want to find the next high. It's written in a style that alternately shocks and pulls you. One minute you dread what a character is about to do; the next you completely sympathize with why.
Jemiah Jefferson has created a cast of deadly creatures with a swift and maddening pace to their actions. If you like your vampires calm and serene, you'll need to find something else to spend your afternoon reading. But if you're after something to jolt you into the paranormal, Ariane's adventure experimenting with the undead will do it.
From Sandy Lender, "Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
Not everything is tidy. Not everyone is happy. Not everyone is satisfied with their human or vampire condition. Not everyone survives! The author has great skill in weaving this hypnotic tale and I can only hope the 3 sequels that I've also purchased live up
to the excellence of this work.