The Early Scrolls

Compendium to Sands of Time, Fate of the True Vampires Book 2

Fiction - Paranormal
136 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2016
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I really appreciate being drawn into a very real fictional world where the author has taken the time to paint in details so intricately that you find yourself wondering if this story really could be true. I also appreciate a good vampire tale. Not the Young Adult teen love stories that are so prevalent and popular today, but the great ones full of history and mystery. Not since a good friend handed me a copy of Interview With The Vampire by the great Anne Rice have I found a vampire series so rich in detail and so beautifully crafted as Compendium to Sands of Time: The Early Scrolls by Christine Church. A compendium is a collection of things that have been gathered and presented together, usually in the form of a book. In this Fate of the True Vampires series by Christine Church, it is a collection of ancient Egyptian scrolls.

The writing is masterful enough to flawlessly pull this off. It reads like a very personal first person account of emotional and fantastic events. Life in ancient Egypt came alive for me in a way it never has when reading the Bible or even watching a good movie. The Early Scrolls is the second book in the series, but apparently it takes place in time before the first book. So if you have The Early Scrolls in your hand and you cannot find Sands of Time, which is book one, go ahead and read it. You are in for a fantastic treat and it won’t spoil the first book for you. You will definitely want to find it and read it too. I do.

Benjamin Ookami

The Early Scrolls: Compendium to Sands of Time is the second installment in Fate of the True Vampires by Christine Church. The subject of this novella isn't unfamiliar: the notion that long ago gods came down from the sky and taught the Egyptians everything they knew. Those gods being vampires, however, is something that is sure to pique the interest of readers who love reading about vampires. Kesi of Giza is seventeen years old and is an offspring of the Pet Mer, the true vampires. Well, at least she looks seventeen. This is her story as she has written it in scrolls that were destined to be discovered by an archaeologist. Kesi's story reveals some of her own findings, one which includes the fact that nothing, even for the gods themselves, lasts forever.

The events in this installment take place before those of the first book in the series. Kesi undergoes a lot of enlightenment when it comes to what it truly means to be the offspring of a Pet Mur. Like walking into the sun just to see if the rules are nothing but propaganda, Kesi often does things without considering the consequences. Her tale of love quickly becomes a tale of survival. There were Pet Mur offspring introduced in the last stages of the book that I would've liked to have met earlier. I liked the way Church alluded to the origin of another popular creature of folklore; it was something I hadn't expected it at all. Vampire fans will find this difficult to put down.

Christian Sia

The Early Scrolls: Compendium to Sands of Time by Christine Church is Book Two in the Fate of the True Vampires series, a gripping story that will be well received by fans of Egyptology and the paranormal. An archaeologist discovers a mysterious picture text in the deep recesses of the desert, and investigations prove the text could be related to other ancient artifacts located in Egypt and other parts of the world. But the curious thing about the scroll is that it may contain the truth about the first vampire to have walked the earth. It is intriguing to watch as Christine Church creates enigmas, symbols, and leads readers to startling and surprising plot lines.

This book reminded me of the series Thirst by Christopher Pike, featuring a five-thousand-year-old vampire and her origins. I loved the setting in Egypt, the mysterious element about some of the names and how they sound, and the way the author weaves her research into a stunning setting. The characters are interesting and compelling, and they are such that readers will love to watch as they develop. The internal conflict is well developed and I loved to watch the experts work at discovering the truth, watch them work feverishly. This work will certainly be a wonderful read with a little editing. Nonetheless, The Early Scrolls: Compendium to Sands of Time is entertaining and intriguing.