- Hardcover: 323 pages
- Publisher: Roc (1 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451460871
- ISBN-13: 978-0451460875
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,845,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Valentine's Exile: A Novel of the Vampire Earth Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006
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"I have no doubt that Knight is going to be a household name in the genre."
"Gritty realism, Lovecraftian villains, and boffo action scenes." -- S.M. Stirling --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
E.E. Knight graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double major in history and political science, then made his way through a number of jobs that related to neither." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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E. E. Knight (b. 1965) has developed a thrilling saga, where the writer mixes different genres fluently: sci-fi, fantasy, terror, military & thriller giving way to vibrant & gripping tales.
This is the first book in the saga in which the author repeats some themes as military trial and search of an abducted woman in Kurian Zone.
The whole series is placed in post-apocalyptic scenery where an alien race, the Kur, has subdued all Earth powers installing a reign of terror & servitude over humankind.
Some human enclaves still resist and confront Kurian Order. They are backwater regions that stubbornly fight to remain free.
These free communes are aided by other ancient aliens the Lifeweavers that train humans and develop latent potentialities within them creating Wolves, Cats and Bears to fight the Kurian Reapers with some chances to succeed. Wolves work in packs with military organization similar to commandos. Cats are loners that work behind enemy lines as spies, saboteurs or assassins. Bears are dangerous berserks able to kill Kurians almost singlehanded and operate in small teams.
The main character is David Valentine. He has been a Wolf (see "Way of the Wolf") afterwards a trainee Cat (see "Choice of the Cat") and an autonomous Cat fulfilling his own mission (see "Tale of the Thunderbolt"). His last mission has been to create havoc behind Kurian lines and lead the resistance in a fateful siege (see "Valentine's Rising").
At the start of the book he and his Razors are participating in the last push to recover Dallas from Kurian hands.
After some fighting while he is visiting an old relationship he is summoned (one more time) to a trial.
Subsequently, after some issues that I won't disclose, he is again in KZ looking for the abducted wife of a friend.
The author explores in depth the feelings and emotions of Valentine forced to act ruthlessly and cruelly. How can he reconcile this with his natural humanitarian self? Is he justified? The reader will decide, Valentine can't and his conscience tortures him relentlessly.
Another interesting issue of this series is that Valentine is not immune to his hazardous life, he bore scars all over his body and one of his legs gives him permanently trouble. This adds to flesh a real person and not a stainless iron hero.
This is a book that may be enjoyed by sci-fi, fantasy and action adepts as well as general public too.
Only one caution (applicable to the whole series): some scenes are really truculent, be warned.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.