This book is a perfect read for me. The vampires are old school scary, and our hero's are erudite and believable. (It reminded me of the first time I ..Show More »read "Interview with the Vampire." It's that good!) So I was very thrilled to find this series.
The story takes place around the turn of the century in London, with all the foggy atmospherics you'd expect. Horse drawn carriages still ply the cobbled streets, and rolling fog hides all manner of predators. From the streets and alleys of London to an old cemetery and the catacombs in Paris, the adventure starts with a bang and doesn't stop until the last page. I don't want to give anything away, so just trust me -- if you enjoyed Anne Rice, you'll love Barbara Hambly's John Asher series. It is so well written that I find myself having to shake off the creeps by listening to something else before bedtime, (and I'm a big girl who doesn't scare easily).
Gildart Jackson is perfection. I'd never listened to anything by him before, and I'm now a big fan. So much so that I've started the 2nd book, and can't wait for Audible to add the rest of the series. (Just as Laura Kinsale's books are greatly enhanced by the reading of Nicholas Boulton, I can't imagine John Asher being read by anyone but Gildart Jackson.)
I have to say something about Barbara Hambly. I don't know who this lady is, but she can write beautifully. Her command of language, world building and character creation is some of the best I've ever read. I know Anne Rice has received many accolades, but Barbara Hambly can write rings around Rice, and deserves a much wider audience.