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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IJ21PLY
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A Taste of Blood Wine: Blood Wine, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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The trilogy beginning with 'A Taste of Blood Wine' is one of the best vampire series, in my opinion bearing comparison with Anne Rice's work (although Warrington takes a very different approach). And unlike Rice, Warrington knows when to stop trying to wring out the last drops from the material (no endless sequels retreading the same ground).
'A Taste of Blood Wine' introduces the vampire Karl and his relationship with the (human) Neville family, which becomes complicated through the intervention of other, more malevolent vampires, and through his growing bond with Charlotte Neville, the underdog of the family. The story takes its time at first to build up characters and atmosphere, and then ricochets through several great plot twists before rounding off with a satisfying yet open-ended finish.
This first book could easily have stood alone, but I'm glad Warrington decided to continue - in the other two books of the trilogy ('A Dance in Blood Velvet' and 'The Dark Blood of Poppies') she introduces and develops a compelling character - the vampire/demon Lilith. Let's hope we see the rest of this trilogy reissued soon (along with most of the rest of Freda Warrington's work which is shamefully out of print).
A vampire novel unlike others, though reading this now I do wonder if some writers took "inspiration" from Warrington...
A true synopsis would contain too many spoilers so I will keep it brief. Karl, a vampire, becomes involved with a human family through his thirst for knowledge, and the inevitable meeting of his world with theirs has far-reaching consequences, some fatal and some rather unexpected...
Lovely writing style, story moves along nicely, no dead space or over-the-top descriptive passages here. I found myself rooting for Charlotte the main human character and thoroughly enjoyed how she grew as the book progressed.
Just an excellent book all-round, can't wait to read the rest!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a very old copy of this, and bought this one for a friend. Was very gratefully received :)
Excellent twist on the vampire story. Excellent condition. Read more
I enjoyed this book and am now reading the second in the trilogy. It is an interesting take on the Vampire myth - if it is a myth! Read morePublished 18 months ago by JoBaker
Really enjoyed this. Reminiscent of Twilight series in the fact it's a human and Vampire romance but it is England after the Great War, and the period is nicely depicted and adds a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. D. Fisher
Fantasy novels are not what I normally read but thus book was recommended to me. I found it a real page turner, I wanted to know what happened next to both the humans and the... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2014 by T Dempster