1918. A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.
1923. Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine's 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl - the man Madeleine has instantly decided will be her husband. Charlotte, shy and retiring, is happy to devote her life to her father and her dull fiance Henry - until she sees Karl...
For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession that sunders her from her sisters, her father and even her dearest friend. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. Only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered. Only by betraying her can he protect her from the terrifying attentions of Kristian - for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.
"Not merely one of the finest fantasy novels of recent years, but one of the finest ever. Should not be missed." (Brian Stableford Interzone)
"... a tale which throbs with lush romanticism." (The Times)
"... a really, really splendid read... It's a story that plays out over cups of tea and glasses of brandy in the drawing rooms of chic London townhouses and glittering stately homes, and here again Warrington shows her writer's chops, layering in exquisite period detail. Sometimes the effect is playfully satirical... but more often it's lusciously picturesque; and, with the characters barrelling around in Hispano-Suizas and the like, it's all attractively reminiscent of the lux, country house horror of Hammer's The Devil Rides Out. On this evidence, Freda Warrington is like a cross between Anne Rice and Kim Newman – she has the sweep of one, the cleverness of the other. Titan will be reissuing the other titles in the series throughout the year, and they're not to be missed." (Starburst)
"... this delicious tale of love, lust and a passionate affair that stretches beyond the grave, is truly delightful. Step forward Charlotte and Karl, a magnificent pairing, and a timeless couple that deserve a place up there with the very best of genre lovers... There's so much here to love… To be honest, there's very little herein that I didn’t love... the writing is gorgeous, by turns haunting, lucid, and all-round beautiful... This first instalment is eminently readable, absorbing, and all-round brilliant, a lovely piece of work, and definitely a must-have whether or not you're a fan of vampires. It's a book for fiction-lovers and anyone that claims to appreciate the written word, I think. And I for one am looking forward to reading the rest of the series." (British Fantasy Society)
"Lovely vampire story which is essentially a love story laced with horror." (The Bookseller)
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Well done Vampire cozy.
Good story, just not for me
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.