Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: From The Ashes

From The Ashes
From The Ashes by K.L. Kerr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Having not read any of the Blood of Ages books prior to this one, I came at the story pretty blind. The book was about Michael, a newly turned vampire, who is stumbling through his new life trying to fit in. Vincent, a much older and more “traditional” vampire, takes Michael under his wing and makes sure that Michael doesn’t fumble around too much. As Michael struggles to learn more about his new world, he finds himself face to face with a group of hunters determined to exterminate the vampire race.

I have to admit, my favorite part of this book was the interaction between Michael and Vincent. Their relationship was very reminiscent of the Lestat/Louis dynamic, without the sexual overtones. The father/son relationship twists into a friendship somehow throughout the book, and it was a great joy to watch Vincent’s hard exterior begin to crack a little.

Vincent was by far my favorite character in the book. I had a hard time getting into Michael’s story when it didn’t involve Vincent. The love story elements were brief and did not really engage me much. Michael’s fighting history was a little boring for a non-fighter like me to read over and over again. I assume it ties in to the other books in the series in some way because so much time was spent on it, but I have no point of reference for that. The ending of this book is a big downer, so you should prepare yourself adequately for it.

Overall, this was a well written book that had a lot of interesting characters and development. I just felt like it was missing something, but that could totally be my lack of exposure to the other books. There might be some revelations that I missed along the way. I really loved Vincent, though.

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