I have a signed review copy of this book that I will give away to one commenter! [winner announced this week]
BLOOD PROPHECY by Stefan Petrucha is an origin story. I do love a story that shows how the hero became a vampire in the first place. (Many religious references as the hero died, and then rose three days later.) The V-word is not used in this book, but it is implied, and you'll know that is exactly what the hero has become as he must feed on blood to survive and completely cover his skin as the sun burns him. It starts in the mid-17th century on a Puritan homestead. The hero is attacked and his family is destroyed. Jeremiah Fall is his name, and you will find yourself rooting for him throughout the story as he goes on a quest to find a cure for what he has become.
The story jumps to Napoleonic times while he is serving the military in Egypt, and he is captured and taken prisoner. Escape seems fore until he realizes his captors have found the Rosetta stone, which Jeremiah believes to be the answer to his quest. The villain, Skog, a true monster that the hero fears is his fate, haunts Jeremiah throughout his journey, sometimes engaging in deadly combat with him, at other times only tormenting his thoughts.
There is a lot of evocative historical and military detail. The action never slows down, and there are many page-turner scenes.
Throughout the story Jeremiah fights the beast within him and clings to his faith, which showcased an interesting combination of Puritan beliefs, vampirism, and the forgotten man mythology. The story moves swiftly when it is focused on Jeremiah's quest and his journey to find the cure in Eden. The ending went all lyrical on me, and really sucked me in. I couldn't not like this story, but like I said, just not my cup of tea.
— Michele Hauf for VampChix
Man and monster are in his blood. . .
His name is Jeremiah Fall. A soldier of fortune, he has been fighting his own war for 150 years--ever since the beast in him was born.
Desperate to restore his lost humanity, Fall crosses the sands of Egypt, discovers a lost city off the coast of France, and finally arrives at the birthplace of all mankind. Shunning daylight and feeding only when he must, he battles the monster who transformed him forever. He can share his deepest secret with no one . . . not even the beautiful woman he starts to love, the only human who grasps the mysteries of an ebony stone as old as creation itself.
Across the world, across time, Fall seeks the stone's secret. But has he found a cure for himself or unleashed a final curse on all mankind?
For more info on the author and this book, check out Petrucha's website.