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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀

    **I was provided with an ARC for an honest review.** I’ve read a lot of vampire books. Like a lot. I’ve read sPaRkLy Vampires, and sExY Vampires and GiGgLy Vampires. This was my first pure horror medieval vampire (short stories) book. And my god... “I assure you my young friend in the last four hundred years much has happened here. Men of destiny were born, deals were struck, and empires were forged on blood “ But first. I must say it.‼️Authors. Please remember and respect your readers to incl **I was provided with an ARC for an honest review.** I’ve read a lot of vampire books. Like a lot. I’ve read sPaRkLy Vampires, and sExY Vampires and GiGgLy Vampires. This was my first pure horror medieval vampire (short stories) book. And my god... “I assure you my young friend in the last four hundred years much has happened here. Men of destiny were born, deals were struck, and empires were forged on blood “ But first. I must say it.‼️Authors. Please remember and respect your readers to include TRIGGER WARNINGS in your synopsis of your book‼️ You do not know the experiences of trauma and consent of your readers so it is ESSENTIAL to be upfront and include this info. This book does contain scenes of sexual assault and other violent sexual acts. Now that, that's been said. The characters So quite obviously this is Dracula's story, Vlad the Impaler. His history as a brutal sinister cruel human. Vlad has always been a monster. His transformation into a vampire just gave him more powers to abuse. But there are *quite* a few secondary characters in other short stories that intertwine with his main story Doctor Faust arc-sorcerer Jonathan Harker István Xala the blood goddess Grigor of Musatescu Strigoica the vampire queen Mephistopheles Nycea of Corinth Apollonius of tyana Baba Yaga Kra sue Vardalekos of Greece Duke Lorenzo de Ponte Nero Chi You Jiang Shi emperor Shan Wu-ten Princess Kah Lo I loved the cultural diversity of the characters that brought together many different generations and corners of the world. But I wish there had been more than titles and names differentiate them from each other because it got overwhelming and confusing especially within the short story format. The plot From a general perspective -- there's two distinct sections of Vlad as human THEN Vlad as a vampire. So most of the book we get to see sneak peeks into some of the ruthless shit he has done as a warlord. THEN BOOM Vlad desperately trying to learn more about the supernatural world, murderrrr, vampire courts, and typical supernatural shenanigans. I mean it's not every day a blood goddess puts you on a throne just to make you a target for everyone to kill. That's some game of thrones shit. But there are also all these mini-plots as part of each short story. The author notes several times that this is an accumulation of 20 short stories my question is WHY. Each story changes POV to follow the action. Treat each story as individuals in the same world with new characters that will pop up but you don't necessarily need to remember them all because only a couple will continue throughout the storyline The foreshadowing was pretty great where we all know somehow Vlad becomes vampire ... but all the other magical beings don’t know that and are trying to outmaneuver him Like with the Skgany !! “We swear to serve Prince Vlad Dracuelea for long as he reigns. Let us hope it is a short reign, Zolanna prayed" .... BAHAHA History and mythology are written on top of the general book plot and character developments of Vlad's transition from human to vampire life So readers get hints of medieval mythology with Merlin and even some fellow horror-monsters with Frankenstein making an appearance which was an unusual mix in the short stories Overall, I gotta be honest in saying this was a refreshing take on vampires. Most of them nowadays consist of vampires being college frat-boys where vamps all go to clubs to get drunk and feed off of humans. And yes it's fun for some books but come on, some vamps have been alive for hundreds of years, I'm sure someone got their shit together. Well lo and behold, this book delivered with wayyy more sophisticated societies and vampires who weren't there just to drink and get stabbed at some dicey dance club *whoaaaa* But I did struggle with the short story format. Yes, it kept things interesting with seeing different points of view and how it all connects in the end to Vlad's story. But, I love character-driven novels. And this isn't one. I wanted more dialogue and banter between the characters to have a stronger bond with each other but also highlighting their own distinct personalities/goals/thoughts/motivation. While reading, I felt overwhelmed by the constant POV shift that I never really connected with any of the characters. I was just reading to see how it all ended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Perry Lake

    Spiffy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Who hasn't heard of Dracula, right. Through the beginning of this version of Dracula my rating was 5 stars. The story didn't pull any punches as to the known history of what Vlad Dracula did, in fact, it adds more to the story. But in history of Vlad some say that his time as a prisoner of the Turks when he was a child, made him what he became and this wasn't included. But then, this isn't a history book, it's a Horror novel. After his death and then being raised again is the last 2/3's of the bo Who hasn't heard of Dracula, right. Through the beginning of this version of Dracula my rating was 5 stars. The story didn't pull any punches as to the known history of what Vlad Dracula did, in fact, it adds more to the story. But in history of Vlad some say that his time as a prisoner of the Turks when he was a child, made him what he became and this wasn't included. But then, this isn't a history book, it's a Horror novel. After his death and then being raised again is the last 2/3's of the book. Vlad and the additions to his vampire family try to figure out not just how to retake his lost country, but all of the world known to Dracula. This is where my star score starts dropping. To me, the story gets jumbled around, hopping from place to place, never enjoying what he accomplished, always wanting more, then waiting chapters to get back to a place where something was accomplished. I am looking forward to book 2 in the series on the loves and women of Dracula.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

  5. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Rodaughan

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  7. 4 out of 5

    Perry Lake

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  9. 5 out of 5

    Moonweaver

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aquamarine

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Allsun

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Pinder

  13. 4 out of 5

    Prapthi Rai

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dariah

  15. 4 out of 5

    J. Gowin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renan Da Justa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emilia M

  18. 4 out of 5

    TMR

  19. 4 out of 5

    Isabela Salgado Goncalves

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Caldwell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma

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