Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
I’m not sure what to make of McCammon’s vampires. They do all the fun things and play by the same rules as classic vampires, so there’s plenty of neck biting, fangs flashing, mesmerizing/seducing, eyes glowing, coffin sleeping, and bat transforming. McCammon also gives us all the best vampire hunting scenes, too, with the crosses and the holy water and the stakes and the sunlight burning.
But I’m just not sold on the Grand Plan. It doesn’t make sense. I mean,(show spoiler)
Maybe it’s just me, but these kind of things bug me.
I also had some trouble really connecting with all the characters. I’m not sure if he just tried to cram too many into one book so that I ended up with character exhaustion, or if he just hadn’t yet fully developed his character development skills at the time this book was written.
Still, I did enjoy this one very much. There was plenty of engaging action, satisfying evilness, and unlikely heroing. And the audiobook was read by Ray Porter, who gives an absolutely outstanding performance.
I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Vampires: Vampires, preferably non-sparkly, in all of their glorious fictional permutations.