Top critical review
on May 31, 2013
A woman wakes up with amnesia and slowly discovers she's an ancient, powerful vampire. The beginning opened strong with the mystery of who she is, who those around her are, and how she arrived where she is. This book is full of witchcraft with magic and spells, vampires, voodoo, and supernatural powers.
The story seemed mechanically ok. The characters all had a purpose and the story flowed nicely. Its short chapters and simple story telling made it seem like a chapter book. However, with lesbian undertones, make no mistake. This is not a children's book.
The idea of an ancient being who has recurring amnesia is a great concept. I have not seen this before in vampire mythologies. I found this to be unique and intriguing.
I love that the main character is a powerful woman but I ultimately did not like the Countess. I found her character contradictory and illogical at times. In the beginning, she couldn't make out the creature lurking in the dark corner of her chamber, but later on she could see without needing to adjust her eyes. She did not trust the Count. Yet, she trusted every female who came her way. Shouldn't she have been mistrustful of everyone? What was the moral stick by which she forgave some, tortured some, and killed others? And poor Count! He is with her, protecting her, century after century, so loyal and loving. And yet...well, it's not enough? Let's just say, I did not like the Countess.
What really struck me, in the end, were the blurred lines between good and evil. What makes evil evil and good good? Was the Countess good because she drank "wine" and was not killing humans for food? Were the Others, the ones with so-called "tainted blood", evil? What made one person good enough to be forgiven and another not? I could not tell if a philosophical question was lurking beneath the surface or if the writing was supposed to be ambiguous.
As a paranormal reader, I was not crazy about this book. Yet, it did have a unique concept.
This book is for mature audiences only.
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