The Curse

Origin of the Vampires

Fiction - Paranormal
444 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2018
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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

In the year 2200, long after the Great Upheaval, forces of good, bad and true evil continue to battle as they had since before the time of Adam and Eve in The Curse: Origin of the Vampires by Kethric Wilcox. The rise of a new Lord of all Vampires stirs up the worldwide vampire network, all descendants of the original vampire, Cain. As a mortal, Richard St. Martin was a vampire hunter, but with the death of Cain at his hands, he absorbed the age-old curse.

In order to make up for his lack of memories of the ancient past, Richard is instrumental in guiding a renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jeremiah Banks, and a highly respected theologian and religious scholar, Dr. Juan Di Vargas, together. Falling in love the first time they meet, Jeremiah and Juan must hide their love as they head to lost cities in the desert. With their skills and knowledge and with the support and protection of government and vampiric forces, the experts discover the real story of the first of all vampires. Will the news bring clarity to a troubled world or only create more divisions among competing factions?

In a very interesting story with a unique approach, Kethric Wilcox creates an amazing history of vampires and the quest for knowledge, even after apocalyptic changes around the world. While most of the characters are well developed and play significant roles, there are a few stereotypes, but even they help to move the action along. The insertion of vampire history and issues in between chapters of archaeology, intrigue and steamy sex scenes deepen the story and prepare for the volumes that follow The Curse: Origin of the Vampires; a unique, breathtaking read.

Samantha Gregory

The Curse: Origin of the Vampire by Kethric Wilcox is the story of hunters and vampires and an world in disarray. It starts off with a series of articles and diary entries which show the reader what the world has become. I appreciate the author doing this, as sometimes it is hard to get to grips with what is happening and this gives the reader an idea of what to expect and some backstory without info dumping in the first few pages. I liked the little nod to the current political climate and how things could develop over time. Setting the book in the future is a good alternative to most vampire books which tend to focus on the past. The map was also a nice touch, showing how the countries were divided up.

Kethric Wilcox has created something a little bit different with The Curse: Origin of the Vampire, which isn't easy to do with so many vampire books on the market. I loved the Cain and Abel angle, taking a well known story and changing it up. I think the book was well written and well paced. The characters were strong and well developed. I think that this book would appeal to paranormal/urban fantasy fans. I do think it would appeal to a slightly older market too. There is a good mix of history, myth and of course the supernatural. I really enjoyed reading it and I would certainly consider reading more books from this author in the future.