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I don't normally read fantasy, but this book is funny, gripping and romantic. I love the dialogue between Light and his vampire family: you're sucked into this amazing world. I can't wait to find out what happens. Will Light choose the Blood Lifers or the humans? I'm going to start book two now.
There are two women in Light’s life. Ruby is a sexy Elizabethan red-head who elected Light into the Blood Life in the mid nineteenth century She remembers the Inquisition from the first time round and isn’t afraid to employ some of its methods. Kathy is a free-spirited singer from Yorkshire who has escaped to 1960’s swinging London and is enjoying life to the full. From the docks of Victorian London to the vibrant life of Carnaby Street, the sensuous settings provide the perfect backdrop to the colourful characters.
The story opens in the present day when Kathy, now an old woman, is dying from dementia. Light tells her their story in an effort to help her remember. He also admits to things that he’s never told anyone before. The themes of the book are love, memory and redemption. The story explores deep human emotions with insight and wry observation.
What makes this book so exceptional is the quality of the writing. The story is narrated in the first-person by Light. Rosemary Johns has created a voice for him that effortlessly blends the colloquial with the literary and the poignant. The author handles voices particularly well. Ruby, being Elizabethan, occasionally uses words like “prithee” whilst Kathy’s father talks in a strong Yorkshire dialect as if he’d just stepped out of the pages of The Secret Garden.
The pacing is also spot on. For a story dealing with memory and redemption, there is never a sense that Light is merely navel gazing. The narrative has a strong forward momentum and there are plenty of dramatic action scenes.
Ultimately, it’s the character of Light that makes this novel so compelling and makes me want to read more in the series. He’s is a bit of a cynic, but he’s also tender and passionate with a self-deprecating sense of humour. He might be a vampire but he has a strong moral code. If I was going to fall in love with a vampire, it would have to be Light.
Title: Blood Dragons
Author: Rosemary A Johns
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 27
Writing Style: 10/10
Of the 27 readers:
26 would read another book by this author.
27 thought the cover was good or excellent.
23 thought the author worked well with speech to develop the characters.
17 thought the setting was vital to the success of the story.
27 thought the ending was powerful and well-plotted.
27 thought the author knew her characters very well.
27 thought the author understood the ‘vampire genre’ well.
‘I do enjoy a good vampire story so this was right up my street. And, I must say, it’s fantastic. The characters, particularly Light, are memorable, and the plot is complex, interesting and ends with a bang. Loved it!’ Female reader, aged 24
Light’s a pretty nasty customer, but I liked him anyway. Girls love ‘bad boys’.’ Female reader, aged 42
‘The best part of this vampire saga is the unexpected twists. Every time I thought I knew what would happen next…it didn’t.’ Male reader, aged 26
‘Any Twilight fan will love this. Amazing cover too.’ Female reader, aged 29
‘There’s superb depth to this vampire novel. The author knows her characters so well, particularly Light. It must have taken a huge amount of week to plot such a complicated vampire life. Plenty of pace with plenty in there for any vampire-lover.’ Female reader, aged 32
‘Superb in every way! A SILVER MEDAL WINNER and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
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