Christmas Awards 2011

Sunday, 3 February 2008

The Vampire Family

The Vampire Family/Kristin Battestella/Eternal Press/ebook/156 pages

Antonio Welshire begins by murdering his father when he is sixteen, after years of being made to do a harsh penance all his young life. This story of Vampires begins in the British Isles in the 12century A.D. - but when Antonio kills his cousin from a desire to gain control and power it takes on a new sense of menace. Gaston is dead and yet the quarrel will reverberate down the centuries. Antonio is gven the dark gift so that he can gain the power he needs to subdue his enemies and a long saga of revenge begins.

Swapping back and forth over the centuries, this tale of Vampire blood lust gradually unfolds its mysteries. Victoria is Antonio's favourite child and it is she that receives the dark gift from him first. Victoria passes it to her brother and the struggle between son and father comes to a climax as the cycle of love/hate goes on. Antonio wants to rule a world filled with Vampires but others think differently, not least his daughter Samantha. Will the family be given redemption at the last or will the cycle begin again?

This is an involved story that reveals itself slowly, sometimes in flashbacks. It is intriguing, well written, and the ending is good, though I would have liked to feel more real emotion at times. I give this book 4.5 red roses. Morna


Ally Robertson said...

Horray Kristen.
Thank you Morna. Great review.

Kristin Battestella said...

Thanks Ally! Thank you also to Red Roses! There's something so vampiric about roses!