When David stumbles upon a tragic young woman in a sordid Limehouse pub, he has no idea she’d recognize him as the last vampyre alive, nor that she’d be the one to pull out his story. Yet as he recalls his life from the sweltering vineyards of Ancient Rome to the cold horrors of Medieval Romania – as well as his tumultuous past with the mad and mysterious Lucius – he realizes she is much more than what she seems.
Gothic horror and mythological fantasy blend seamlessly together in this thrilling adventure, breathing new life into vampire lore as it reveals its true origins. The Ancient Ones is a tale of myth, mayhem, and magic … with a dash of romance that bites.
My Rating: * * * * *
I really enjoyed this book. If I want to read about vampires, Cassandra Thompson will be one of my choices. The story is intricate, dark with a lovely gothic feel.
The story is interwoven with mythology cleverly. We have the main character, David, telling his long history to a dying woman he meets. His story is of a God and Goddess whose love continues over centuries, and many incarnations. It also tells the story of how David becomes a blood drinker, and how his makers dark betrayal becomes dangerous to himself and humanity. The roles the various Gods and Goddesses throughout the story is interesting. There are also a couple of lesser known characters sprinkled in but I recognized them. It’s interesting how the Dracula family is interwoven here with much of the darker aspects of the story taking place in Transylvania.
Towards the end of David’s narration I had a pretty good idea or at least hope of how the tale would end. I was right and pleased with the ending. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology and vampires
Gothic horror writer and part-time dark goddess, Cassandra L. Thompson has been creating stories since she got her grubby little hands around a pen. An Ohio native, she earned her BA in History from Cleveland State University and her MLIS from Kent State. When she is not busy managing a house full of feral children (human and canine), you can find her wandering around cemeteries, taking pictures of abandoned things, exploring lonely patches of woods, or in the library doing research. She is the founder of the gothic fiction press, Quill & Crow Publishing House, she writes short horror stories for her blog, Tales From the Shadows, and she also scribes for Hekate at In The Pantheon. Follow her on social media for book updates & random musings: http://www.quillandcrowpublishinghouse.com