Friday, 31 May 2013
'I am pestilence and plague, war and turmoil. I am what you fear when the night is dark, I am the shiver you feel in your spine when you least expect it. I am the dreams from which you awake full of dread. I am the dreams from which one day you fear you will never wake at all. I am death, and you will know me soon enough.'
The Mercian Trilogy appears to follow a complicated story to do with 4 vampire kings and an evil vampire king of kings who is imprisoned. It seems rather convoluted but I think, again, it would be clearer and more fun to follow if I had started, as the author intended, at novel no. 1! There were a few events in the book that I thought could have been better developed and capitalised on. On the whole the book was really quite brief and quick, I prefer books with a longer storyline and although this book had an OK pace it did seem to, in my opinion, race to the finish. It felt like the author was really focused on culminating the story rather than taking his time and developing everything fully! It was an interesting experience to read a book written for young adults that still had it's fair share of romance yet was written from the male lead characters point of view. It is definitely a unisex novel and I can see teenage boys becoming very smitten with the multiple vampire battles and thoroughly described fights. Maybe you could buy no.1 (Blood) for your boyfriend, brother, friend to try and get him reading!
Wignall has an interesting take on vampires. It is far more similar to Nikki Bekket Everneath's vampires, more concentrated on the idea of energy, rather than Twilight etc. Wignall writes in a careful rhythmic prose, quite hypnotizing at times and I enjoyed the novel's writing style. I think it is a series you could become very obsessed with.
However I only liked this book, it didn't jump out at me, and it wasn't really my style. So I would give it a 3 out of 5, and would be done with it there. It can be bought from Amazon.co.uk for £5.24 and although it's not for me I can see people loving it, and I can see it becoming a very popular series. It's published by Electric Monkey an imprint of Egmont.
En Bon Lu!