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4.0 out of 5 stars A modern gothic tale, 3 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Blood and Ice (Paperback)
I picked up this book because it was an adult vampire book and as much as I loved the Twilight series I was 'thirsting' for an adult vampire book as I'm currently working on my own vampire book. Blood and Ice is very much a modern Gothic romance that revolves around Lieutenant Sinclair Copley of the 17th Hussars and his lover Eleanor Ames, a nurse attached to Florence Nightingale, who makes a few cameo appearances. The book is a bit hard to take for the first half as it lurches between 1854 and the present day, usually a chapter at a time but I would encourage people to keep reading as once these two doomed lovers are freed from the ice block and awakened, the story suddenly takes on a Chricton type pace. At its heart it is a love story that spans centuries and poses the interesting and fascination scenario of 19th century characters being thrust into the 21st. The reaction of Eleanor to an African American female doctor is well within reason and totally believable. Masello has stayed away from the traditional vampire stereotypes and traced his vampire back to the Strigoi, a kind of beast that preyed on the dead and dying in the Crimea. The setting of Antarctica is fascinating and really takes you there, in the end you are forced to keep reading because you really do care about these two characters plucked from the 19th and thrust into the 21st century, where everything is both fascinating and terrifying. It was one of those books I read in a single afternoon and night. You almost want it to keep going into a sequel but I rather suspect that might ruin the story, it ends as it should end and leaves you feeling satisfied and hopeful.
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