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5 Stars Out Of 5
Finally a Christian alternative for Twilight fans!
October 17, 2012
"Every person, no matter their circumstances, past, or the evil they have done can be redeemed by God through the blood of Christ. In the end, the blood is all that matters." ~ Author Debbie Viguie'
In the second book in the Kiss Trilogy, Kiss of Death picks up where her debut novel Kiss of Night left off. This is a wonderful and in my personal opinion a well-written alternative to those Twilight fans, who are looking for a Christian alternative. As Debbie discusses what made her write this novel and if in fact it's possible to write a Christian vampire novel, she shares that, "Yes, I can, and I believe others should write them as well."
The Kiss trilogy is a redemption story. As Christians we believe that even the most evil of people can still be reached and saved by the love of God and the sacrifice of Christ. I enjoy, as many Christians do, the fantasy genre. It helps make hard themes easier and less depressing to deal with than straight drama. It would have been simple to write a redemption story with a mass murderer as the lead character but it would not be a story I would want to read. By taking the mass murderer and instead calling him a vampire it helps you hold the fiction at arm's length and tell yourself "it's just a story."
The Kiss of Death is about a vampire by the name of Raphael who is desperately trying to find a way to bring a sense of purpose and redemption to his own life. While he can't change who he is as a vampire, he believes he can still do the right thing and help battle against his own kind who are seeking to destroy the world and begin a war of evil with Richelieu as the head of the vampire army. Now it seems his goal is to locate the ancient religious artifacts, like the crown of thorns, the nails... that contain the blood of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible said that you're not supposed to eat or drink the blood of any creature, because the life of the creature resides in the blood. By taking the blood of the creature into yourself, you make its life, its spirit, a part of you. That's why there are so many prohibitions against drinking blood in the Old Testament. Blood is life, it's strength and the power and spirit, and the blood of Jesus, the son of God, was enough to atone for the sins of all mankind. It's the most powerful blood that ever has been.
Now Susan Lambert, whose destiny is has been to help in the wage against the evil coming works with her cousin Wendy, a friend David alongside three vampires, Raphael, his sire, Gabriel and their friend Paul to stop Richelieu from obtaining the artifacts and prevent them from obtaining the blood of Jesus Christ. They will use all the weapons necessary to stay alive and stay ahead of the game. There is a diary that Gabriel entrusts to Susan to read that will show them how it had all come to this point and hopefully within its contents, the secret to winning against Richelieu will be revealed.
I received Kiss of Death by Debbie Viguie' compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest opinion. I inhaled her first book and was more than thrilled when I got the opportunity to review this one as well. I have to say these novels have captivated me from the very first page and the historical detail that Debbie creates for Gabriel and Raphael breathes life into them and makes them seem real. I love the inner struggle that both Gabriel and Raphael feel when they work against their inner temptations to go back into their vampire habits, and instead do whatever it takes to find redemption in doing good. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and think it's a MUST READ for fans of the Twilight series as a Christian alternative.
Kiss of Death is an exciting, superbly written book, an excellent follow-up to the first book in the series, Kiss of Death. I never thought I'd be writing rave reviews about Christian vampire novels, but that is exactly what I find myself doing! Some people may not be comfortable with a few of the scenes dealing with vampires drinking blood and such things. But honestly such scenes are handled well, and the author does a tremendous job of creating "monsters" that invoke the reader's sympathies, leaving you rooting for the vampires despite their violent tendencies (well, at least some of them). The characters continue to fascinate me, from Susan and Wendy with their decisions to align themselves with the "good" vampires to fight evil, to the vampires themselves who have been cursed to such a state as they wait to learn of their need for redemption from God. I especially enjoyed the dip into history through the eyes of the character, Carissa, and I became so engrossed with her story that I could barely handle seeing it end!
The end of the book definitely leaves me craving the final installment of the series, as I am anxiously awaiting to see how this battle of good versus evil is going to play out, and what fate awaits these characters I have surprisingly come to care about. If you enjoy vampire novels, then definitely plan on reading Kiss of Death and this entire series. It's a keeper. 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Hachette Book Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.