Sins Of The Blood Paperback – 4 Dec 1995
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About the Author
“Nerve shredding….Like early Ray Bradbury, Rusch has the ability to switch on a universal dark.” —the Times of London Award-winning, bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has published books under many names and in many genres. Her fantasy novels about the Fey have been published all over the world, and were recently rereleased in the United States as audio books by Audible.com. She has won the World Fantasy Award and is the former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. She also writes fantasy novels under the name Kristine Grayson. For more information on her work, go to kristinekathrynrusch.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
On her next case however, she just somehow forgot that vampires often have children the federal county then had to look after. Where did this blind spot come from? It turns out that Cammie too had been the child of a vampire and this spurs her to seek out the unanswered questions he has about her own history.
She leaves her job to seek out sibling Ben, who by now is developing symptoms and who has got in with the wrong crowd within a shadowy demimonde of bars, nightclubs and communities of those who either use or seek to be used.
Vampire existence seems to be all about power struggles and dominance tactics on the one hand whilst possessing uncontrollable sexual urges alongside the usual bloodlust on the other. There certainly seems to be little or no scope to escape these patterns if this is part of your hereditary make up.
The novel does, however, offer other perspectives not necessarily available to the protagonist: vampirism may not necessarily be about evil, but rather about a terrible illness.Clearly the vampire is in this novel intended above all a metaphor for child abuse and its perpetuation along with the lack of free will that accompanies any form of addiction and something of that bleak landscape does permeate the whole of the novel.
For those who like their vampires romantic, reader beware! The vampire state is depicted here as a repellent and highly destructive curse, whether or not like Cammie you choose to believe that the death penalty is the only option for Sins of the Flesh.
An interesting take on the vampire theme.
A gritty tale with well written characters with a twist to the traditional vampire mythology, giving an insight into the vampire mind. My only quibble is that I thought it ended abruptly.
This is a story for fans of Vampire fiction, however, if you're looking for something like Twilight, this isn't the book for you.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
However, it turns out that this was a worthwhile investment of my hard won cash (I'm a student, okay? Ever penny counts)
One of the few things that surprised me about this novel is that it was all in context. There wasn't an inexplicable sex-romp in the middle that had nothing to do with the plot (Richard Laymon is guilty of that). I liked the way that the story is divided in the beginning, but then is slowly worked together, tying into one plot in the end. It makes me wonder if there is a seqel in the works, if so -- when, if not -- why not?
I tend to be a collector of vampire fiction (Anne Rice, LKH, Brian Lumley, Wendy Haley, Nancy A Collins...just to name a few) and this one stands apart, both by the rich imagery without the long-winded descriptions and the immediate action. It also has a new and interesting take on the so-called 'undead' without losing the preternatural twist that I so love.
Two thumbs up.
Bought a used copy several years ago but I misplaced it somewhere in storage. I'm really glad it got reprinted and with an ebook format too.