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Montano has a very rich style. His descriptions of people, settings and situations makes them vividly real and made me really care about them. I wanted Cross and his Southern Claw unit to succeed in their mission all the way through. The idea is original, too and I was fascinated by the even known as The Black and by the magic system that he created, which was both unique and grounded in the familiar at the same time.
And the vampires? They are how vampires should be: sufficiently dark, grim and soulless.
I would definitely recommend this book. It's a nail biting read that leaves you guessing until the last few pages.
This novel reminded me a lot of Justin Cronin's The Passage. It had that wonderfully descriptive literary feel, but with the gritty post-apocalyptic edge of a really good urban fantasy. And, oh, yeah. There's a bit of steampunk. Wicked.
The otherwise-tired vampire genre needed a new lease of life. Dark speculative fiction needed a new emerging talent. This book needed to be written. Steven Montano wrote it. You should read it!
So I settled on meeting half way, I give this a 3 and the reason is because as I said it's kinda like Marmite you'll either love love love it or hate and despise it. I love all things vampires, as anyone who reads my reviews will no doubt be aware. Especially considering they're mostly vampires, werewolves or other monsters.
I thought you stayed true to the nature of a vampire, the dark roughian's who aren't frilly capes and red velvet. Well done.
I'm not going to give a synopsis of the story but I just want to say that I've rarely found an author that can produce such complete, intriguing and fantastically three-dimensional characters as Steven has (and I've read all the greats of Sci-Fi) and as soon as I'd read book 1, I wanted to read book 2 (I've now finished the series of 7). It's not one continuing saga, as the earlier books have their own theme and story, but they soon build into a epic voyage into a dark, dark world. Suffice to say that the main character, Eric Cross, is one of the best hero/anti-hero's that I've ever come across and many of his colleagues that accompany him (those that survive anyway) are not simply there to provide a bit of interplay; they are full characters in themselves
If you like 'cowboys and Indians' in space, shoot 'em up sci-fi, this may not be your cup of tea (especially as the author has the knack of killing off some of the characters when you least expect it) but if you like your reading to have more depth and power, then definitely give this series a go.
Where do I start? This is a fantastic post apocalyptic dark fantasy! I loved it!
Eric Cross is an intriguing character. He is a warlock and a member of Viper Squad, an elite group of warriors who have been tasked with tracking down a rogue witch. I really liked this man. He has a tendency to be overprotective of his sister, but with dangerous vampires around, I don't blame him!
I started to read this book and I was quickly hooked! This story is very hard to describe without giving anything away! The vivid imagery of the apocalyptic red sky, the places and people brought this story to life. A post apocalyptic world is a scary thought! What cataclysmic event created this one is a mystery, but this world is a dangerous one. There are humans, mages and vampires, and a long standing war between them that has been raging for over 20 years. The vampires are dark and scary! I certainly wouldn't want to meet these fiends! They are certainly not sparkly!
There are some intriguing characters that join Cross on his journey, including his sister, Snow. However, none are more so than Cross's mage spirit. She is tied to him and his magic in a mysterious way. He can interact with her, but she is more of an energy or shadow rather than a physical being. As the story unfolded, I was struck by the use of modern items such as weapons combined with old fashioned travel, using horses and camels rather than cars and lorries, which gave this book a steampunk feel. As Cross's journey continues, he meets a witch called Cristena. I really liked this feisty woman. She is reckless at times, but she has a good reason.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written book. It kept me entertained throughout. I would recommend reading it.Published on 6 Mar. 2015 by andrew gowdy
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