03 December 2011

Shining In Crimson (Empire of Blood #1) by Robert S. Wilson

Shining In Crimson (Empire of Blood #1) by Robert S. Wilson

Published: 2 October 2011 by Nightscape Publishing

Pages: 234 (paperback)

Genre/s: Post-apocalyptic, paranormal

Source: Author for review

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Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood.

Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren’t for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank’s only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.

My Thoughts

Yeah yeah, I know, another vampire book for the vampire-hater. But as soon as I knew there were no sparkles and it was PA, I had to give it a whirl!

Shining in Crimson has two kinds of vampires – the natural vampires (the ancients) who are just what vampires were meant to be – lean, mean, blood-sucking machines – and human vampires, who are the members of the Vampire Federation, trying to preserve their little corner of the former USA in agreement with the Empire.

The way this story is told is interesting – the history of the vampires and the humans is told via a series of flashbacks during the book which gives a feeling of history and provides the backgrounds of the characters gradually. Flashbacks can be difficult to write and meld into a story, but in Shining in Crimson it is done seamlessly and doesn’t detract from the current day story.

I did feel that in a few places the action either wasn’t fast enough or was too fast which resulted in me being a little confused as to who was siding with who and where characters were and what they were up to at certain points in the book.

Overall, Shining in Crimson has some great elements and is a well-written book. As a writer, Mr. Wilson sells a good story and builds solid characters, which are key elements in any good book.

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