Sands of Time

Fate of the True Vampires

Fiction - Paranormal
138 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2016
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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

The opening book in the Fate of the True Vampire series, Sands of Time by Christine Church, sets up a story with a unique premise regarding the origin of vampires. The author sets her story above and beyond conventional vampire stories by linking the Pet Mer (as the alien beings were known) to the Egyptian dynasties and their status as gods among the Egyptian people. The building of the pyramids, designed to provide a dark and safe haven for these god-like beings, and the voluntary blood donations to feed the gods, indicate the unparalleled storyline. Another unconventional aspect of the book is the writing style. I was instantly intrigued by both. The writing style is unusual and interesting in the way it provides the reader with a strong sense of verisimilitude. Ms. Church uses the finding of ancient documents, discovered over a period of several decades but only recently translated, to relate the story of Kesi. As documents are translated and released for publication, the story will continue. It’s a neat writing device I liked very much.

While I could quickly empathize with the primary character, Kesi, and loved the writing device used to tell her story, I thought there was too much ‘tell’ and not enough ‘show.’ Unlike many books that have a preponderance of telling passages, Sands of Time does not drag its way into boredom. The story is compelling enough to keep the reader turning the pages, but, oh how much better it would have been if the author had paused in the journal recital, jumped back in time and ‘showed’ us what Kesi was experiencing. Hoping future volumes in this series shifts into a more equal exchange of telling and showing passages, I recommend this first book and the series. I am looking forward to more of Kesi’s story.

avianmom

This first installment of the Fate of the True Vampires series will draw you in and leave you thirsty for more. I read the book in only a couple hours. It is a short novella, but not simple nor boring in any way. Written as journal entries found by archaeologists and translated, then put together in a collection that will continue in consecutive books, this series starts off with a bang. You are drawn into the story right off and it never lets you go. The main character is seeking something she just does not seem to be able to get, and when she does, it is taken from her. After a thousand years in hiding to get hold of her grief, she continues her search. What she finds throws her for a loop and she fakes her own death in order to stay hidden from the one she wishes to kill. Unlike most books, this one gets right to the point! No chapter after chapter of useless writing and go-nowhere information. Every word adds to the story and characters, who are all well drawn out and realistic. An amazing start, I want to read more!

Book Two

The Early Scrolls, Book Two is available.