Avery Doyle loves vampires; he's read every novel, seen all the movies, and researched the folklore. When his first one-night-stand, Caroline, turns out to be a true vampire on the run, he jumps at the chance to leave his ordinary life and join her as a "child of the night". The honeymoon ends, however, when Caroline's brutal Creator Sebastian enslaves them on his island estate and Avery must confront the dehumanizing reality behind his dreams. In order to survive, Caroline and Avery take their place as servants in Sebastian's household during a gathering of the most powerful vampires on Earth, the Hegemony, and soon find themselves involved in the myriad intrigues and deceptions that form the night-to-night existence of The Order. A society of wealth, power, and inhuman decadence whose existence is protected by human complicity and disbelief, The Order is the immortal aristocracy hidden behind the giant corporations and political leaders of the world. Sebastian, however, has a plan that will change The Order forever and shatter human civilization. To avoid this terrible fate, Avery and Caroline will not only have to defy the most powerful creatures on Earth, but also confront the darkest aspects of themselves. For in the world of the Hegemony, even victory may cost them their souls... A fast-paced thriller that both re-imagines and pays tribute to the traditional vampire, Ancient Blood is a story of love, ambition, sacrifice, and betrayal that is frighteningly human.
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A Welcome Respite From The Usual Vampire Tale
The politics and machinations of the vampires was a great change from the brooding, moody vamps of years past.
Sebastian. He was powerful and yet I could understand his motivations. That's great in a villain. Too often the bad guy is a mustache twirler that is evil just for the sake of being evil.
Such delightful accents and characters (of which there are over a dozen)! He captures Avery's voice wonderfully, but then switches to cool and confident for others, then powerful and angry for others. Wonderfully done.
I laughed at a few parts, but the rest just kept me quietly riveted to the story.
I'm interested in seeing what happens after the fallout of the climax. More Caroline too!
- Shanon "Lover of sexy words and a sexy man & woman"
Never thought Id enjoy Vamp Polotics
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review
This book was awesome. Vamp politics ... lust, backroom dealings, downward spiral of a mad man ... all wrapped up with a dark humor bow.