Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Harvest of Vincent du Maurier (The Fifth Empire Trilogy #2) by K.P. Ambroziak

This is the second book in the Vincent Du Maurier series.  In the first book, a mysterious illness has turned humans into zombies, leaving vampires without food.  Vincent is assigned to the task of keeping a pregnant human safe until after the baby is born.  It is believed that this woman and child will be the saving grace of both humankind and vampirekind.  

In this book, we continue where the first left off.  Vincent is keeping his human, Evelyn, and her baby safe with the help of another human and another vampire.  If he can make it until the baby is born without Evelyn being attacked or starving to death, he'll count it a success.  A small group of surviving humans, a few evil vampires, and a world full of zombies is going to make it difficult for Vincent.

Ambroziak's writing is a wonder in nature.  It has a classic feel that embraces you and holds you safely and tightly.  Even when the most horrible things are going on in the book, you still feel that sense of security brought on by the way that she words everything.  She uses accurate words, but not difficult ones.  She sets the tone from the beginning and carries it delicately throughout.  As soon as you begin reading you realize there's a sense of urgency, hopelessness and steely resolve.

Vincent has quickly become one of my favorite literary characters.  He has the nobility and morals that only come from centuries of life and learning.  He always battles for what he believes is right, regardless of the courage required.  Though he's a vicious human killer, he has a tender side that you can't help but be drawn to.

In this book, we begin with everything seeming to be looking up.  We have special flowers that seem to hold off the zombies.Evelyn is nearing her birthing.  It appears as if everything will go off without a hitch and mankind will be saved.  Of course, if that were the case, there wouldn't be a book.  What ensues is a grim look into the realities of human character. Even the vampires that are slung at us have human characteristics that we have to look closely at and attempt to make sense of.  Nothing is ever what it seems and at the end of the day, fear is nearly as powerful as love.

If you haven't read Ambroziak's work, it should be added to your list.  She has a knack for writing from an unusual perspective.  Zombies have been done, yes.  Vampires have been done, yes.  Ambroziak has taken it one step further and created the zombie apocalypse from the viewpoint of a vampire.  It's a thrilling and thought-provoking read that will at some points cause every emotion from shock to overwhelming sadness.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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