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I love vampire stories, especially when they offer a different spin. This one is set in London and Cambridge shortly after the end of WWI, and the setting and era are quintesentially British. It's also an era we don't often see outside of a "cozy." (Think Downton Abbey.)
This, however, is a monster cozy, if I can coin a phrase. All the drawing room, stiff upper lippi-ness one expects from a British mystery, only the mystery is about vampires. Our hero is a world weary vamp who's fallen in love with a human woman, and this results in a tangle involving her family, and his family of monsters. What's clever is that the characters are dignified and properly attired while their world unravels. Of course, this doesn't prevent them from serving tea, or even brandy, if the day has been very, very trying.
And there is a complex villain who gave me the willies. I loved it!
Freda Warrington has created a cool mythology that is very different from what we're used to. Oh, the fanged ones still drink blood, but they also exist part-time in a parallel reality, (the description of which is amazing).
Jane Copland did a great job bringing everyone to life, and she's an important reason I'm continuing on with the series. She sets the perfect tone.
Note: This is not a book I listened to from cover to cover. I found I had to be in the mood for it. But when I was in the mood, it was awesome.
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I don't like women of historic books, what is considered strength in these books is laughably weak of a modern women and i just don't care for it. There were too many "grey" characters in this book. Your main characters with both tortured, indifferent, and superior, which often just resulted in annoyingly "grey" characters. Every action required contemplation, yet no effort was made to change the behavior due them being superior.
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First thing, unlike in some series, this book does stand on its own. All of the story-lines are resolved and the teaser for what's to come suggests a new adversary too.
As for the content, I'm a massive vampire fan and this book both pleases and annoys me. It's great in how the reactions of the humans to the vampires are portrayed, they're a lot more realistic than a lot of vampire books. On the other hand, the vampires' ability to enter another (metaphysical) plane annoys me. As does the process for creating a new vampire.
The main romantic plot is also quite infuriating. The heroine is by turns easily manipulated and stubbornly intractable. It is rather difficult to see why the vampire would choose her over any other woman in history. That's not to say she doesn't have merits but there's nothing particularly incredible about her.
It is at times difficult to remember that this is meant to be set in the 20s, rather than the Edwardian or late Victorian period. The only bit that really convinces you of the setting is the heroine's sister in London. In fact, I think I could happily read a book all about her and her experiences with vampires. It would be more riveting.
I bought this because i do love a good vampire tale. I enjoyed Janes narration that was compelling..i just never quite got going for me. Too many body parts aching for another and not enough of a story. But thats probabky me. I wont listen to other two books.