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The Genesis [Paperback]

K. L. Kerr
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10 Dec 2012

A Stolen Power. An Unstoppable Corporation. A Vampire God.


The vampires of Dayson City are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.


For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams, or trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn't want to travel.


The first book in The Blood of Ages series, "The Genesis" is an urban fantasy about the inescapable nature of Fate and the corruption of power.

Product details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Penrefe Publications (10 Dec 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0955984556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955984556
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,617,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. L. KERR is an eighties child, raised on the likes of "The Lost Boys", "American Werewolf in London", and "Elvira", all of which she attributes to her interest in tales of the supernatural.

She first started writing was is now known as "The Blood of Ages Novels" aged sixteen, and she hopes to finish the five-book series at some point before the end of time.

Since she has not yet managed to break out of the UK, she lives there with two cats, who - like all cats - think they're people.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love finding a new series 4 Jan 2013
By Riande
Format:Kindle Edition
Really like this 1st book. It's nice to see vampires outside of the twilight genre, which I'm not a fan of. Though i'm sure if you like twilight you wouldnt have any problem with this. feels fast paced, easy to read. There's action and fighting which brings a modern day feel to the book, and you don't lose out on character development because of it. it's just a new feel for the vampire genre where you really feel they have to fight for their existence. Plus theres some good mythology about vampire origins which hasn't been discussed before. I give it a big thumbs up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A diff type of vampire story! 21 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of the book, but the following review contains my words and opinions only!

K.L. Kerr's first Blood of Ages book, The Genesis is not your average vampire story. Where others have focused on vampires as all powerful sex symbols, Kerr pays attention to the dark side of being a vampire and the persecution they currently face. Don't get me wrong many of her characters are attractive and there is a hint of a potential love story, but The Genesis is really about the problems in the vampire society.

19 year old Catrina (not Cat or Kat) is turned into a vampire at the start of the story and quickly finds herself a key player (or pawn) in the vampire war. She's turned to help the vampire sort-of-King return and lead them to victory. The vampires have a blind faith in the missing King which is almost cult-like, which Catrina finds strange and unsettling.

I was expecting Catrina to swoon over the brooding vampire, Fox, but the story focuses instead on Catrina's introduction to the supernatural world and discovering her place in it. This was a good direction because it made the story so much more believable. That being said I would totally approve of some romance in the next book!

The story takes a dark turn and Kerr isn't afraid of killing off certain characters (don't worry she's not up to Game of Thrones, character killing-off standards just yet). With The Genesis Kerr sets the tone for the rest of the series.

I really liked Catrina and found her to be an intriguing heroine. Fox really grew on me (although not quite in the same way as J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood vamp guys do, but this is a very different series to the BDB). I also really liked Rose and Sonny. Whilst wanting to know more about the mysterious Reuben.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VAMPIRES! 17 Feb 2013
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Very good read for vampire lovers. Has a very nice selection of attributes, strengths and weaknesses unlike some other unmentionable shiny vampires. None of the silly holy symbols weaknesses which is nice, and probably due to the cool origins story which I hope it goes into in more depth later in the series. Perhaps a whole book dedicated to the origins of vampires, that'd be nice. But yeah, nice to not have "god cursed him and thus he was dead but alive and has to suck blood or become ugly".

Can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Author 1 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In my attempts at reading one new author a month, I came across this new release.

I found this a very entertaining read and even at times a little difficult to put down. I read it all in a couple of day!

Looking forward to listening to this on Audible in the (possibly very near) future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Vampires 11 July 2013
By The Mad Reviewer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
[Full disclosure: I received a free ARC ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

First off, you need to read this book right now. Yes, The Genesis by K. L. Kerr is so good that I'm starting my review with my recommendation. But I know what you're thinking: "Vampires again? You're kidding me, right?"

No, imaginary reader, I'm not. Why would I give such a blanket recommendation of a vampire book when vampires are so over-used in mainstream fiction? Because these are real vampires: they are bloodthirsty killing machines with very little or no remorse when they take human lives. They die in the sunlight rather than sparkle and romance certainly isn't the main focus of The Genesis. The main focus is Catrina's change into a vampire and her slow journey to find out why the Clan wants her to be the Vessel to return the mysterious Alistair.

Catrina is an awesome protagonist with an occasionally mysterious backstory that is one of the very few narrators that doesn't go into complete and utter denial when she becomes a vampire. No, she learns a bit about being a vampire and actually believes Fox when he tells her he turned her into a vampire because of the clues she notices around her and the changes to her own body. A logical narrator? Heaven forbid! If her being extremely logical isn't a satisfactory explanation, there's more of an explanation later on but it's a spoiler.

The lack of information given to Catrina by Fox is a little frustrating as a reader at times, but considering Fox's personality it makes sense. The only thing I didn't like was that we knew so little about Catrina's own backstory and there's really no excuse for this. However, with the fascinating vampire mythology and the slow, suspenseful reveal of the real conflict I guess I can forgive that. Coupled with the fact that there were quite a few unexpected plot twists, I really can't complain about the lack of backstory. I'm sure K. L. Kerr will explore Catrina's and Fox's pasts in the next book in her Blood of Ages series.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for Amazon rating purposes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but wanted more! 20 May 2013
By Jessica Loves Books - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
**I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

This book contained every single element to make it an all-time favorite, but fell a little short for me. The vampires were real and bloodthirsty, they are battling against human Agents that are trying to not only kill them, but to capture them and conduct horrifying experiments on them. And there is a newborn vampire who has impressive powers that she is learning to develop and control. The vampire clan that she has been taken into has decided that she is the perfect "vessel" to bring back the very first vampire, Allistair/Aisen. However, the vampires in charge don't realize that Catrina has met Aisen in her dreams and knows a very disturbing truth about him that the other vampires would never believe. They think that Aisen is their savior that is going to rise from the dead and rid the world of the Agents that are hunting their kind. They would never imagine that he could in fact be their worst nightmare.

I was pulled immediately into this story. Catrina is a very strong, self-reliant heroine that definitely defies the whole "damsel in distress" stereotype. She can kick butt and take names all on her own. She agrees to join with the vampires (and by doing this is turned into one herself), and taken under the wing of Fox. Now here's where I became a little disappointed in the story line. I wanted a romance between Fox and Catrina. I'm not holding this against the book, because I realize that this really doesn't affect the story that's written, and could be in the total opposite direction from the one the author wants to take. However, it is what I wanted to read about. I thought that they would have made the perfect angsty couple that has to learn to get along and find a way to be together while Fox is training Catrina. I also felt like the story really began to drag along here. I needed more back story to truly understand what was going on, as did Catrina, and I felt like getting the little bit of information that was divulged was like pulling teeth. It's one thing to create suspense, but quite another to beat around the bush for a maddening amount of time.

I also wanted Catrina to be more vocal in her role as the potential "vessel." I get the fact that she was a new vampire who doesn't know all of the rules and is scared to step out of line in the face of the Clan's two oldest vampires, but still. She has unique and powerful traits that neither of these vampires possess, but she is still afraid to speak up and let them know what she knows. This was very frustrating! She rebels at every other opportunity, but when given the chance to actually take a stand and do some good, she all of a sudden walks the straight and narrow.

I did really like this story and this world that the author created. The end was left open to endless possibilities that could take place in book two. I can't wait to pick it up when it's available!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Legit vampires! 3 Sep 2013
By Future Slayer Girl (aka: kitten) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This was ultimately one of the best vampires books I have read in a very long time. I feel that so much of the vampire genre is distorted into making vampires seem weak, redeemable, and romantic.

Give me throat ripping any day over gushy love triangles that make teenage hearts brim over thinking they can save the bad boy too!

This story isn't about saving the bad boy.

This story doesn't even really have a romance edge.

This story is rough, raw, gritty, and full of something that is lacking in so many books of its genre--just keeping it real.

Yes, there is a few hints that Fox could be into Catrina. It is implied a few times, but it isn't dwelled on as a plot device to drive the story forward. The story relies on itself to drive it forward and make you second guess and keep page turning until you are screaming for more at the end of each chapter.

I kept finding myself getting to the end of the chapter, saying I'm gonna put it down, and then I just keep reading. The author does a fantastic job at building a world around you, dumping you smack in the middle of it, and you being the keen observer in a world were vampires could very well be in the same room as you.

The characters were written so well!

Catrina wasn't to cold, and she wasn't too weak. There was vulnerability without being a doormat, and there was just enough fight in her so she wasn't a cold-hearted "B". The shifting point of views sucked me deeper into the story because knowing what drove each character gave me the ability to dive in head first and not look back until I got the last page and screamed my head off that I wanted more!

I get more right?

So, for those of you that loved legit vampire stories like Anne Rice and The Lost Boys--I would highly recommend this book!

*I received this book from Penrefe Publication via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Counting down days until next book 8 Jun 2013
By Carrie Fort - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Favorite Line “He wasn’t a praying man, but he did it then. She simply had to survive; life wasn’t worth living if she wasn’t part of it.”

You know how when you read the blurb for a book and you can't wait to read it! Well, for me this was that book and WHEW WAS OT ALL THAT AND MORE!!
The beginning was sorta forced but, the author MORE THAN made up for that with a amazing middle and the ending had my mouth on the floor!
Catrina reminds me of me and how I would react to being made a vampire! Well maybe she handles it a little better than I would! I would have liked to know more about why she was chosen but, I have faith that the rest of the series will give me what the ending gave me!
Fox was such a infuriating man NORMAL RIGHT?? He is a chain smoking, never shows emotion, kick ass vampire! That makes me wanna scream and I LOVED HIM!!
Sonny oh Sonny man I need to know more about him!!
You know I won't tell you what happen but, imagine this....
You get turned into a vampire only to be told you are the whole races hope for bring back the original vampire!! You have powers no other vampire has but, is it what it seems? Is the Awakening all it's suppose to be or is there something more?

All in all FABULOUS BOOK that I WILL RECOMMEND to all my Fairy Friends!!

I was given book in exchange for honest review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires with teeth, not sparkles. 19 May 2013
By E.M. MacCallum - Published on
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I clicked with this book almost instantly. Within a very short time I found myself caring about the main character and wanting to know more about her and the new world she was about to step into. It's a story revolving around Catrina, a young girl who's thrust into the vampire world at a breakneck pace. K.L. Kerr doesn't allow the reader much time to breathe during the first several chapters, which I loved. The book may have been a little too long but it had all the vampy goodness and great writing that I'd been looking for. The author is also talented with action scenes and there's plenty to devour. It reminded me a bit of Jim Butcher's style at times.

It was so nice to be reunited with bloodthirsty, intelligent vampires.
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