The Priest of Blood
 

The Lady of Serpents

Douglas Clegg, Author
Douglas Clegg, Author . Ace $23.95 (291p) ISBN 978-0-441-01438-5
Reviewed on: 08/07/2006
Release date: 09/01/2006
Mass Market Paperbound - 291 pages - 978-0-441-01529-0
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This second installment in Clegg's unfolding Vampyricon epic brims with the same dazzling invention and creative mythography as its predecessor, The Priest of Blood (2005). Aleric, the Breton falconer, returns as heir apparent to the vampire throne, but in a world vastly different since he breached the Veil separating the ordinary world from the world of the vampire myth stream. The "lost century" he finds himself in after years of imprisonment in a silver-sealed well is a cruel, plague-ridden time where he and his un-dead companion, Ewen, are forced to fight gladiatorial battles against human and animal opponents. Old friends and enemies appear in new guises, and unforeseeable plot twists abound. Clegg's rich descriptions, ingenious variations on vampire lore and intriguing speculations on a secret history underlying our own make this an exuberantly imagined dark fantasy. (Sept.)

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