“I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me.”
Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust....
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Very engaging!! Lestat + Highlander + Prof. Xavier
I would say yes. I haven't had the opportunity to read the print version but Carl Prekopp is a SPOT ON narrator for this story. He really feels the characters and becomes them.
Anne Rice's vampire chronicles. Particularly Queen of the Damned. This story gives a similar feel to Lestat's rise but it holds its own as story. William Mercier is a very intriguing character. From his age to his era to his minimal knowledge of his condition. The book is well written. I also gathered the feel of the great Highlander Stories, a hint of history and hunting each other. The environment and tactics of battle lend to that as well. Add in the twinkling nature of Potential other "Gifts" and you get a sense of The Professer Xavier. The book is well written with lots of detail but not "congested" The story ends with the reader wanting more but perfectly open to hunger for the next book in the trilogy.
William the Earl of Mercier. He really becomes him. I thoroughly enjoyed Prekopp's narration as Nathan in "Half Bad" by Sally Green. I loved his voice and his passion. Prior to getting this audible I was concerned that it would be a great job or a bust. Nathan is a witch, William a vampire, different characters but typically very similar in cadence, accent, darkness, etc. Prekopp did beautifully. In the beginning it sounded very much like Nathan and that character was very fresh in my mind still, but after a few pages it was very clear this was not Nathan but in fact was William Mercier and Prekopp OWNED it!! Just as he had with Nathan he became William. You could feel him standing right there talking to you. You could imagine your being right there in that place he was speaking of. Average narrators still feel like they are simply reading of a page, not with Prekopp. Even when he changed his voice to speak as another character in the book, each one was distinct and unique. you never had to remember who was speaking. It also plays to the novel itself in the way it is written. Wigall and Prekopp a perfect match!
Yes it is!!! I was forced to stop momentarily but only for a few short times. Very enjoyable!
If you like Vampires and want a younger feel, this book is very worth the read and the listen!
A vampire novel to sink your teeth into.
The Gothic element.
The scene between Will and his brother.
In a genre littered with mediocre offerings, this really stands out. The Author doesn't sugar-coat Will's vampire nature, while at the same time managing to make him a sympathetic character. The interaction between him and Elouise is brilliantly done and the differing first and third person perspectives add variety.
- Nadia "Fleet UK"