Avery Doyle loves vampires; he's read every novel, seen all the movies, and researched the folklore. When his first one-night-stand, Caroline, turns out to be a true vampire on the run, he jumps at the chance to leave his ordinary life and join her as a "child of the night". The honeymoon ends, however, when Caroline's brutal Creator Sebastian enslaves them on his island estate and Avery must confront the dehumanizing reality behind his dreams. In order to survive, Caroline and Avery take their place as servants in Sebastian's household during a gathering of the most powerful vampires on Earth, the Hegemony, and soon find themselves involved in the myriad intrigues and deceptions that form the night-to-night existence of The Order. A society of wealth, power, and inhuman decadence whose existence is protected by human complicity and disbelief, The Order is the immortal aristocracy hidden behind the giant corporations and political leaders of the world. Sebastian, however, has a plan that will change The Order forever and shatter human civilization. To avoid this terrible fate, Avery and Caroline will not only have to defy the most powerful creatures on Earth, but also confront the darkest aspects of themselves. For in the world of the Hegemony, even victory may cost them their souls... A fast-paced thriller that both re-imagines and pays tribute to the traditional vampire, Ancient Blood is a story of love, ambition, sacrifice, and betrayal that is frighteningly human.
©2012, 2013 Brian Patrick McKinley (P)2014 Brian Patrick McKinley
Lover of sexy words and a sexy man & woman
The politics and machinations of the vampires was a great change from the brooding, moody vamps of years past.
Sebastian. He was powerful and yet I could understand his motivations. That's great in a villain. Too often the bad guy is a mustache twirler that is evil just for the sake of being evil.
Such delightful accents and characters (of which there are over a dozen)! He captures Avery's voice wonderfully, but then switches to cool and confident for others, then powerful and angry for others. Wonderfully done.
I laughed at a few parts, but the rest just kept me quietly riveted to the story.
I'm interested in seeing what happens after the fallout of the climax. More Caroline too!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review
This book was awesome. Vamp politics ... lust, backroom dealings, downward spiral of a mad man ... all wrapped up with a dark humor bow.
I thought it was an interesting take on the vampire theme. Much more intelligent than your general bloodsucking undead.
I did find the political side of things quite difficult to get my head round. It did make listening a bit of a chore on a few occasions.
Political, Dark, Mysterious.
I enjoyed the world that the author built, and the way the narrator allowed the story to come through.
Yes, great voice.
I will be looking for the next book in this series. This story caught my attention enough that I would like to see how the story and characters develop and grow.
High among the ones I consider favorites.
None that I can think of.
A unique voice reading the words.
I was entertained more than anything.
I enjoyed the paperback - read previously, and wanted to listen to the audio version.
All the characters are very easy to imagine Every stereotypical vampire seems to be present, all the way down to personality differences. The hierarchy of the Order and the system they're all working in show fascinating sides to each character, bringing a true sense of realism to the story .
I would recommend this book to friends who were already interested in vampires and the paranormal. I say that because the author 'name checks' many other paranormal authors and if you aren't familiar with them you could get lost. Also, I felt at times there were too many characters. If the author had weeded out one or two, he could have still told his story and it wouldn't have been so 'busy'.
I really enjoyed the narration of this book. Brian Rollins greatly added to this book. Since he was reading this to me, I didn't have to worry about how names were pronounced and some of the nuances that the author had put into the story such as vampire vs vampeer (sp). He gave each of the characters life and that made the story more interesting to me.
Yes and no. I would recommend listening to this story where you have little to no distraction. There were parts of the books that were full of back story and if you were distracted it would be hard to keep up. I sometimes had trouble following the interweaving story lines and keeping all the players straight.
Seeing as this is book one in the series, I am interested to see where the author goes in book 2. I would give it a listen.
Yes. I expect greater books in this series to follow.
Probably not. Aside from the story itself a little slow, Rollins only takes away from it. There is emphasis where there shouldn't be. Where there should be emphasis, there is none. His accents are extremely exaggerated. And I can't help but get the impression that he didn't read the book beforehand.
It is not so much the scenes but the over-detail of them that can use some cutting out. Some details are important and add to the story, while most simply make the scenes longer than they need be.
You have to take Ancient Blood for what it is, a budding authors first crack at writing a novel. McKinley goes for a very intrigue heavy story told through the eyes of Avery, a character that shoots past lovable underdog into just plain pathetic. For a story that is suppose to be thick with cloak and dagger/intrigue/subtlety, McKinley clearly says what he wants the audience to feel or experience through Avery.
The beginning of the book is clumsy and slow as the author tries to introduce you to the characters, and the over-arching world all at once. It feels slow and you begin to wish it would cut straight to the action. McKinley is obviously in love with the characters to the point that he goes into great detail to capture their mannerisms, appearance, and in some cases back story. It would probably pan out better over the course of several books rather than just the one. About halfway through the book, you stop caring about the main character, or even his creator/girlfriend, and become more vested in the old powerful and downright evil vampires
As I started with, I take this book for what it is, a first. Much like Jim Butcher's "Storm Front", or "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" the author has to fumble around a bit before they can get their feet under them and the story off the ground. I believe Ancient Blood can be a wonderful springboard into the rest of the Hegemony series as the author, and hopefully his characters, grows and develops.
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