4 Stars Out Of 5
August 29, 2011
I enjoyed this! I was a little nervous about reading a book about vampires, but this one was different. The whole theme has to do with the inherent evil in human hearts, and how sometimes, it turns into a deadly proposition. Even the "good" vampires aren't so good, and there is a definite explanation for why and how God would have created something that seems so opposed to our understanding of who he is.
Some of the theology is a little sketchy, in that I don't believe in a need for humans to seek redemption through anything other than Christ, but if you look at it from the perspective that humans sometimes spend a long time in the darkness before they see the Light of the World, it can work. There was still enough legitimate theological treatise to make this a tale that metaphorically carries the reader from a world where sin is defined one way to one where it could be taking a totally different shape. There is also a nice group discussion guide that gives some clues to the author's perspective on the story and adds to the understanding of the Biblical inferences and references throughout the book.
The tale itself is about a 20-something girl who is mourning her grandmother's death. As she is in her grandmother's home of Prague, she discovers some very startling things about both her grandmother and herself. As the many faces of evil seem to be converging, there is a small band of humans and vampires alike who are trying to battle them all. Their victory is all that stands between the world as we know it and a very dark new reality.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I am seriously hoping there is a sequel. I will definitely read it - even if I have to pay for it! It was a fun story, and I am glad I got the opportunity to review it.
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