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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

review: the blood of Cain by T.L. Gray

"This be Damascus, be thou cursed Cain, To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt."
- William Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 1

The Blood of Cain
on a client's request, Teagan Dacre goes to an airport hangar to check on a delivery. when he gets there, he witnesses an innocent person get killed and the creature responsible leads Teagan to a world he never thought was possible but which may hold answers to his uncanny abilities and immortality.
combining traditional biblical stories, myths and a fertile imagination, author T.L. Gray's creative pen has spawned a different breed of vampires and i absolutely love her take on them. her vampires are more to my liking. she has written an alternate history of their origin by tracing it all the way back to Cain - Adam and Eve's eldest son who is also tagged as the world's first murderer.
the book speaks in two voices - that of Teagan and Cain's. the ancient and modern worlds weave alternately and the readers gets to witness and participate in significant events that chronicle Cain's life after the banishment from Eden, his journeys and Teagan's transformation and eventual meeting with the Arcanians.
one of the things that struck me was Cain's references to the Great Flood. it got me quite excited. how did he survive such a global catastrophe? was he among those in Noah's ark? did he meet Noah perhaps among his wanderings? or did he sneak himself in and hid from Noah and his family all throughout the deluge? my imagination went into overdrive as i thought of the possibilities. another one which made an impact were the descriptions of Cain's profound emotional and spiritual struggles as he constantly contemplated his fate. these were very moving passages for me.
i noticed something, though, which seemed historically inaccurate. while Cain was recounting his travels, he mentioned Indonesia and China as some of the places he went to. this conversation happened in 240 BCE. according to their respective etymologies, the name Indonesia dates back to the 18th century while the term China was used around A.D. 150. the author could have placed a footnote explaining that modern names were used instead of old ones so as not to confuse the readers, etc. this is a minor detail, however, which i easily ignored as i got deeper into the story.
sadly, good things had to come to an end. i knew beforehand that there was going to be a sequel yet i wanted more even while holding the book's last pages between my fingers.
i really love The Blood of Cain for its compelling and brilliant reinvention of the vampire lore. this is one series i highly recommend and plan to follow till Ms. Gray puts an end to it.

*The Blood of Cain is available from its publisher Fireside Publications , Amazon (paperback, Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (paperback, NOOK book).
for more information about T.L. Gray and her work, please visit http://www.tlgray.net/ and http://www.thebloodofcain.com/

my personal rating is: 

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a paperback copy of The Blood of Cain from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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