I have never gotten swept up into the vampire book craze, and have never seen a single Twilight film, but I have to say that after reading Kiss of Night I wonder if I've been missing out! This book is certainly on the edgier side of Christian fiction with vampires lusting for blood and fights to the death between vampires and humans. But I have to say that I was absolutely captivated by the story line and the breakneck pace of the book, which largely takes place in the present but also has brief snapshots into Raphael's past. The book has a fascinating premise underlying it, posing the question of whether it would be possible to be a vampire and to also embrace a belief in God. The manner in which the author lays this out makes this an entirely plausible scenario, and also raises an intriguing concept about vampires being cursed because the human had been so wicked that there was no way that in a span of their lifetime they would have been able to be redeemed. Instead, they are cursed to become vampires and basically become immortal (except for a few ways that they can be killed), giving the vampire centuries to come to grips with their evil nature and realize their need for redemption. I loved watching Susan and David discover that vampires existed, and the forbidden love that unfolds between Susan and Raphael is sure to please those craving some romance in the midst of the suspense and the supernatural elements.
By the end of the book, I realized that I had entered a series that was far more epic in scope than I'd anticipated, with the unfolding of the beginning of a classic good versus evil battle unto the end. I came to the end wondering how I'm going to be able to wait for the second installment! The writing is action-packed, the characters are intriguing, and the plot is exciting and superbly crafted. In short, this is a great read, and worthy of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Faithwords (Hachette Book Group) for the purposes of this unbiased review.
I was somewhat skeptical about reading this book. Since it portrays a vampire and is listed a Christian genre. Then I read the synopsis and read the vampire, Raphel seeks redemption for his sins. Can vampire be saved by the blood of Christ? I like the story line that evil can be redeemed no matter how vile their sins were. The author adds a scripture at the beginning of each chapter. You can see how the scripture works into that chapter which was a plus for me. As you get pulled into the book you begin to route for Raphel to be redeemed.
The cover for the book is outstanding. I don't normally comment on the cover of a book but this one is exceptional.
The story begins with Susan Lambert arriving in Prague to attend her Grandmother's funeral. Although her grandmother lived in the states she was born close to Prague. While Susan was in Prague she kept feeling like something dark was following her. Hence, comes Raphel a vampire condemned to wander the earth as a vampire for eternity because of his evil ways. They partner up in quest for the good of all. You will enjoy the other character the author has written into this story.
This book pulls you in and you don't want to put it down. That is what happened to me. I highly recommend this book. I give it a 5 out of 5.
I want to thank Debbie Viguie for touring on my blog. I am glad I got the chance to read your book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion and in now way was compensated for that opinion
Susan Lambert is in the city of Prague because her beloved grandmothers funeral is being held there. Raised by her grandmother since the age of twelve when her parents were killed in a car accident, an accident that Susan had a feeling about, and that's the thing, Susan had always had a feeling of discernment. The ability to sense when something wasn't right and that was a feeling she got when she decided to visit St. Vitus Cathedral. Even though she was alone in the Cathedral she felt as if someone was there with her, and even glimpsed what she thought was a man. She sees the same man a few more times, and when her cousin Wendy decides to go partying with a stranger that oozes evil, she feels compelled to find her cousin and get her away from this man.The man that Susan glimpsed in the Cathedral,(Raphael) approaches Susan and offers to help her find Wendy, but in return he tells Susan he will need her help. Susan is soon introduced to things she would have never imagined, and learns that vampires do exist and Raphael is a vampire set to fight a war against an evil vampire who wants to rule the world.
I love vampire fiction and I was quite excited to read a vampire tale that was woven into christian fiction. I enjoyed getting to know the characters especially Raphael. Thru flashbacks we learn why he was cursed to be a vampire. The way the author explains why some people become vampires was quite different from most vampire tales. Her take was that some people are so inherently evil that they are cursed as vampires thus living longer in the hopes that they will eventually learn their mistakes and accept God, which was something that Raphael was still struggling with even after 900 years. While Raphael is a vampire it was easy to sense a goodness in him, although when Susan's life was in jeopardy we certainly saw his dark side.The forbidden feel of the attraction between Susan and Raphael kept me turning the pages to see if a romance would develop.The secondary character of David added to the story for me, a reluctant hero, who was only in Prague for three months on a job assignment staying in the same hotel as Wendy and Susan, when he hears on of the women cry out he tries to help them and learns the hard way that vampires exist and soon finds himself being trained as a vampire slayer. The relationship between David and Wendy was sweet. I really hated to see this book end, and left me wanting to read a sequel. I really can't wait to see how the relationship between Raphael and Susan goes. A vampire tale woven together with a christian theme, and a fight of good versus evil, the perfect October read! On a scale of one to five I would easily give this one a six because it's just that good!
Dear Readers, I have not read the Twilight books. Not interested either. I have read a couple of Ann Rice's books and enjoyed them, but they are pretty dark and creepy. Eric Wilson's Jerusalem's Undead series was action packed and a fun read. But over all Vampire books are not my thing. Too creepy and why fall in love with the "ultimate" bad boy. He is dead for Pete's sake.
Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguie' may have changed my mind, at least a little bit. The description of the book includes the tagline, "What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God?" That question alone made me want to read this book.
Susan travels to Prague with the thought of only burying her beloved Grandmother. There is something about this city that seems comfortable, but Susan doesn't know why, she has never visited there before.
When Susan's cousin's life is endangered by a guy she goes on a date with, Susan has a strange encounter with a man who tells her that she has to save her now.
Raphael has been seeking a relic that was stolen from him during the Crusades. He thinks he knows where it is and he is determined to get it back, but he will need Susan's help. How do you tell someone that you are a 'good' Vampire? How do you get her to trust you?
So if you were to place yourself in the character's shoes during this book, you would find yourself falling for a man that says he is one of the undead. You would also find yourself in a battle for the world and the souls of all who live. You must right away change how you do everything because there are creatures out there that a few short days ago you didn't believe in and they are now trying to kill you. I am not sure I would be able to do that.
That leads back to the question mentioned before. Without giving anything away, can a Vampire become a "good" Vampire and what does that mean? I know that in some other vampire books you do have good and evil vampires, but this approaches it from a bit of a different point of view. What does or doesn't happen when someone who is considered evil becomes a believer. Then also add the thought, can they be forgiven? All interesting discussion questions, but ones I better stay away from a little as I don't actually want to give anything away.
This is book #1 of what I am led to believe is going to be a three book series. I am looking forward to book 2 and I know my daughter is ready to read the next one also.
P.S. I still don't understand the attraction of falling in love with a vampire
I enjoyed this! I was a little nervous about reading a book about vampires, but this one was different. The whole theme has to do with the inherent evil in human hearts, and how sometimes, it turns into a deadly proposition. Even the “good” vampires aren’t so good, and there is a definite explanation for why and how God would have created something that seems so opposed to our understanding of who he is.
Some of the theology is a little sketchy, in that I don’t believe in a need for humans to seek redemption through anything other than Christ, but if you look at it from the perspective that humans sometimes spend a long time in the darkness before they see the Light of the World, it can work. There was still enough legitimate theological treatise to make this a tale that metaphorically carries the reader from a world where sin is defined one way to one where it could be taking a totally different shape. There is also a nice group discussion guide that gives some clues to the author’s perspective on the story and adds to the understanding of the Biblical inferences and references throughout the book.
The tale itself is about a 20-something girl who is mourning her grandmother’s death. As she is in her grandmother’s home of Prague, she discovers some very startling things about both her grandmother and herself. As the many faces of evil seem to be converging, there is a small band of humans and vampires alike who are trying to battle them all. Their victory is all that stands between the world as we know it and a very dark new reality.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I am seriously hoping there is a sequel. I will definitely read it – even if I have to pay for it! It was a fun story, and I am glad I got the opportunity to review it.
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