This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
First Born: The Vampire Genesis by L.C. McIntyre is a fantasy short story that tells the origin of folklore's most well-known creatures, moving it from the traditional Eastern European setting to one that delves further back into Africa and biblical Egypt. Pashera, an Egyptian mother who hears the call of Moses while shopping in the Hebrew marketplace, heeds the advice of the prophet of the Hebrew God when he tells his people, the Israelites, to mark their doors with the blood of lambs that evening. As the firstborn children of Egypt are slaughtered during the night, Pashera believes her son Barsa may be spared, until a cloaked figure emerges and tells her what the punishment will be for the crime of trying to trick the Lord in order to spare her only child...
First Born: The Vampire Genesis is an interesting and wholly original twist on the inauguration of the undead, with L.C. McIntyre creatively merging together the Passover story and the origin of vampires. The 10th and final plague sweeps through Egypt and, having overheard a way to save baby Barsa, Pashera does what any parent would: she tries to cheat fate. The opening scene, which is deeply engrossing, dives straight into the story, building its tension and strengthening its direction as Barsa begins to be strengthened himself. What I loved the most here is that this is truly a story about Pashera and the lengths a mother is willing to go to save her child, even after her first attempt is thwarted, and her second—an act of mercy that brings the story of salvation full circle—is done at a cost that will resonate for centuries. Recommended to all who enjoy short, fulfilling reads and wonderful new additions to the fantasy and folklore genre.