Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Blood Prophecy by Stefan Petrucha

Book Description:

Man and monster are in his blood. . .
His name is Jeremiah Fall. A soldier of fortune, he has been fighting his own war for 150 years--ever since the beast in him was born.
Desperate to restore his lost humanity, Fall crosses the sands of Egypt, discovers a lost city off the coast of France, and finally arrives at the birthplace of all mankind. Shunning daylight and feeding only when he must, he battles the monster who transformed him forever. He can share his deepest secret with no one . . . not even the beautiful woman he starts to love, the only human who grasps the mysteries of an ebony stone as old as creation itself.
Across the world, across time, Fall seeks the stone's secret. But has he found a cure for himself or unleashed a final curse on all mankind? 


At times I felt like the author was striving for that iconic Saint-Germain feel, bouncing the protagonist, Jeremiah Fall, through different time periods while slowly revealing the traits of his character, but never quite hitting the mark. Some areas were just too drawn out, like the Murad Bey, but I did see the necessity for setting up the main story. 

Fall is self-educated, reading many books over the course of his very long life and remaining isolated from people, and it seemed like his ability to accurately handle social interaction suffered a bit for it. He dealt with more than his fair share of betrayal and never developed any long lasting, trustworthy relationships, excepting his friendship with the Algonquin, which lasted a good period despite the rumors surrounding his existence. Although I found Fall to be an interesting character I didn't develop an emotional connection until the last third of the book, when Skog, the Bandias and Amala were introduced. That's when the story really came alive, snagged my attention and demanded that I finish reading in one final sitting. I did figure out a few of the plot twists tossed into the mix, but not all, and found myself totally surprised by others. 

Overall, I think this book is best suited for those that enjoy reading about history, and don't mind a few dry chapters, or those that are looking for a different take on the vampire myth. I wouldn't recommend this book for those that are looking for a love story though, because Fall isn't that type of hero. Blood Prophecy is rated smack in the middle of the road for me, didn't love it, didn't hate it. And I wouldn't mind reading other books by Stefan Petrucha either.

*This book was sent by the author for review purposes.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for Bite Club

1 comment:

Carrie said...

I like the name SKOG. Might have to read this one.