Thursday, October 21, 2010

Eternal Vigilance 3: Bound in Blood – review

Author: Gabrielle S Faust

First Published: 2010

Contains spoilers

The Blurb: When Tynan Llwelyn awoke from a century of Immortal Sleep in the year 2111 his Maker, Phelan Daray, delivered him by force into the arms of a war between the Tyst Empire, a global technological dictatorship bent on becoming immortal by resurrecting a vampiric god called the Vicinus and the Phuree, the human rebel uprising. Without a chance to fully adapt to the war-torn world around him, Tynan was forced to make a horrific choice to either stand and fight against the Tyst Empire, carrying out a mission to assassinate the Queen bearing the vampiric God, or turn his back on the world, leaving it to the mercy of the Tyst’s greed and the Vicinus’ revenge. Against his better judgement, he chose to fight.

Now, with the rage of a thwarted empire and a denied primal god bearing down upon him, Tynan must make his final stand, risking everything to save not only his own vampiric race, but humanity as well.

The Review: Bound in Blood is the third Eternal Vigilance book, following From Deep Within the Earth and the Death of Illusions. The books are richly Gothic science fiction with a vampire focus and, as I said in respect of the first two volumes, what I do like about this series is the fact that it might be science fiction but the vampires are still supernatural creatures.

In this volume Tynan has to face the repercussions of his choices made in the second book and, eventually, finds himself held deep in the heart of the Tyst Empire, battered, tortured and facing the threat of the Vicinus once more. Faust concentrates very much on Tynan’s character and yet manages to steer the prose through the calamities faced by Tynan – and the action aspects thereof – with the consummate skill we have come to expect. Ultimately bringing the story to a satisfying and genuine climax and conclusion.

With Bound in Blood Faust secures her reputation as a formidable author of Gothic prose and again delivers vampires that are passionately drawn with a romantic air that shimmers deceptively around a brutal savagery and raw power. The science fiction setting makes the series stand out within the slew of vampire fiction currently available. The books are slated for a film and I, for one, cannot wait; but no promise of a visual medium should cause you to forgo the pleasure of Faust’s rich prose. 8 out of 10.

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