Here’s a cool twist on the usual vampire fiction from a fellow WriMo K.Orion Fray.
After discovering their writing vlog on Youtube way back in 2010, I was heartened to find Son of the Revolution was their 2009 NaNoWriMo novel. Which gives me motivation to get some of my NaNoWriMo first drafts edited and published.
Have a wander over to their blog I am not lost… for indie book recommendations and reviews, as well as some older writing extracts inspired by observations working in a coffee shop. Fray is skilled at capturing human interaction with a few lines of dialogue & subtle moments between characters. I look forward to reading more of their work.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Son of the Revolution is an original take on the vampire mythos. This dystopian vampire novel is a slow-burner. There are no one-dimensional sparkly vamps here, it’s all about the characters. Alistair and his group of friends are ordinary folk (albeit with fur or an aversion to sunlight ) doing their best. The author pulls on issues facing real life otherness as characters battle prejudice from society, and often their own families. Alistair fights an internal battle over what he has become and his past mistakes, while trying to stop those in power who would seek to destroy his kind.
The feel of the novel is low key and realistic. Here the fight is lost and won in bars, warehouses, back streets. While there is plenty of exciting action & blood shed throughout, this is not an all-guns-blazing superhero battle.
I love that these vampires have to earn their powers, which seem to elude most but the oldest or most powerful. Turning into a bat, mind control, day walking comes at a price. Most vampires struggle to get enough blood to sustain them day to day, and stop from turning into the bloodthirsty creatures some make them out to be.
My only niggle is that I had to suspend disbelief a couple of times. Alistair has means to save himself but does not think to use it, and an ally turns up by coincidence at just the right time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are portrayed as realistic and fragile despite their supernatural state. I was truly wondering if they would make it against such great odds, and was left on the edge of my seat right up to the end.