Yesterday we did an interview with The Vampire Sonnet author, David Nelson Bradsher. Today we have my interview of what I will call, ” The most passonate and unique vampire book that I have read.”
Here is the summary of the book from the author’s Facebook page:
The story of Tristan Grey, a 19th Century Londoner, who is seduced and turned by Lady Nina, leader of the Chelsea Clan. But things aren’t always what they seem through the eyes of a fledgling immortal. What sets this project apart from the countless other vampire tales in the marketplace currently is that these are written in sequential Shakespearean sonnets
Here is the review:
When I first received the request to review The Vampire Sonnets earlier this year I was very wary. I thought to myself, “Sonnets? I am not a Shakespeare Scholar nor am I an English Literature major” I am just a girl that just loves vampire books.
So I admit it was hard to begin. I had preconceived notions that this would be boring and dry. I assumed I would be lost like I was in my high school Shakespeare class. But I said I would give it a try so I flipped open my computer and began to read.
It was slow at first as I got into the pattern of the iambic pentameter in my head. (This is the ONLY thing I remember from that class- sorry Mrs. Tompkins). While I listened to the rhythm in my head something happened I could see the movement of the characters. They were dancing around the streets fighting, biting, and loving. Wow- I liked this world.
I then began to think about the setting in the story. I recently visited England and was amazed at how descriptive and accurate the sonnets were. The dampness of the alleys, the crispness of the air, the desperation and the passion, it was all there. I could SEE the story.
But, I absolutely loved the fact that the strongest most viscous vampire is Tristan’s sire Nina and that she is a FEMALE. The role of women in this sonnet written by a man is intriguing. Each female whether it is Nina, Maggie, or Supriya shows women as independent females that take charge of their lives and the choices that they make, whether good or bad. It is their choice to make and no one else.
Also, the concept of them being described by Nina as “succubi” is just so romantic but yet so deadly. Any sexual innuendo is so mild and gentlemanly like that I have to admit a couple slipped by me on the first reading.
The passion, love and hate in this sonnet adds to the action and mystery that makes this book perfect for any reader whether it be a Shakespearean expert, a student, or a lover of vampire stories such as me.
I highly recommend this book to every reader. It is a wonderful and unique story to add to that vampire literature collection. David has found a way to bring nobility and grace back to the vampire while bringing them to the present. I can’t wait to see what happens. I just have a few hopes for a couple of characters but I don’t want to spoil anything for any readers.
David will be premiering his book at the Lexington Day of Mystical Blood Lust this weekend. You can also find more information about his book on his Facebook page here.