Good evening El Moochadores! Now out in bookstores is a new vampire-romance novel from author Freda Warrington and Titan Books. The novel, A Taste of Blood Wine is the first story of the Blood Wine Sequence that follows the lives (or not-lives) of the Vampire Karl and the beautiful Charlotte Neville. Here’s the synopsis:
1918. A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.
1923. Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine’s 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl – the man Madeleine has instantly decided will be her husband. Charlotte, shy and retiring, is happy to devote her life to her father and her dull fiance Henry – until she sees Karl …
For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession that sunders her from her sisters, her father and even her dearest friend. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. Only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered. Only by betraying her can he protect her from the terrifying attentions of Kristian – for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.
Though Warrington’s writing forms vivid, crisp, images of the characters inhabiting her book, A Taste of Blood Wine read more like a post-first World War soap opera of the wealthy English… and vampires. The book very much felt of the early 20th century (again thanks to Warrington’s writing) but it also followed many of the already established story lines made by other vampire novels. The forbidden romance, the dangerous “other” vampires, the obsession that forms between the young social outcast and the good looking vampire boy, are all things done by other vampire stories. Sure, the vampires are different in that they are both ridiculously over powered (and yet easy to hack apart), but that’s not enough of a change to pull this story away from the literary quagmire established by the Twilight novels. Okay, it’s not that bad. There were some genuinely “spooky” moments that happened under the manor house, but overall this book was just more of pretty people getting to do really cool stuff. However, vampire novels aside, I would like to read more of Warrington’s books. She has a clear talent for writing horror and I hope to come across more of her work sometime in the future.
A Taste for Blood Wine is on sale now at all major book sellers or you can get your copy at the Titan Books online store!