The love between a father and daughter is forever. Life has a natural order: we are born, we age, we die. It is a cycle that has repeated itself since the beginning of time and is not to be interrupted. However, when Cami was only twelve years old, everything natural was taken from her. Cami is a vurdalak – a vampire – cursed to wander the earth, plagued with an insatiable hunger. She is pursued by the very one who created her and has learned to harden her stilled heart to survive. Nevertheless… when she meets Richard, a man who seems to hold clues to her past, she realizes that she can harden her heart to survive, but must soften it to live.
You know, vampires have been a big lure in literature ever since Dracula was first published. We’ve seen just about everything, from Dracula-like wannabes, sparkling vampires (who I personally believe were fairies pretending to be vampires), bumpy-faced vampires and even regular human-like vamps who just have extraordinary healing abilities. But it’s a rare occurrence when an author considers turning a young child into a vampire. Let alone allow that character to be the main character in their own tale.
One of the greatest things I loved about this book was Cami’s background story. I’m a sucker for origin stories and hers didn’t disappoint. Born in Wallachia in the 1420’s, Cami’s human life is during the reign of Vlad the Impaler, or as those of us who enjoy vampire novels have come to know him as: Dracula. But the curious thing about it is, in this tale, Vlad is human and you don’t even see the character. You just hear of Cami’s maker, Bioan’s admiration for Vlad’s blood lust and reign of terror. I suppose it’s the ability to refuse to do the obvious that makes this backstory so interesting to me and before you think I ruined the book, this is just half of the first chapter. There’s no spoiler alert for a reason. I am just simply pointing out something I really enjoyed and appreciate about this book.
Now to the story at hand, there were some really great ideas for this book, but I’ll admit I was a bit confused about a few details. For example, Bioan begins to randomly start attacking Cami and her mates. Out of the blue, even though it’s alluded that the first one has been with her for centuries. I suppose my confusion comes from a lack of understanding of Bioan’s character and motivation. Seeing as he is not the main character, you get little to no real idea what the hell he is up to.
Also, I was a bit confused by Cami’s insistence that she had found her reincarnated mother and father. I’m not saying I don’t believe in reincarnation, but typically the likelihood she would find both within a few weeks is impossible. Other than that, I really enjoyed her tale. When the author first contacted me, they said a publisher had said there wasn’t enough romance in the book. I’m sorry, I have to disagree. I get that a lot of people love their romance novels and I’m not putting anyone down for that. But a book about a vampire who is forever twelve, shouldn’t be based around romance. How awkward would that be to read about a twelve year old having sex? I don’t want to read that crap and I applaud the author for not going there.
If you are looking for something that is going to be like Twilight, this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you have a real interest in vampires and appreciate it when authors don’t always do the obvious, I think you’ll really enjoy this book and I hope you check it out.
Pick up your copy on Amazon: Silent Dawn: Chasing Sunrise by Charles Avent