It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons—væmpires with special powers.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, or walk through walls?
This was a very graphic and violent story. It opens on a war scene between humans, vampires and vaempires, and escalates from there. I found the majority of the plot to be centred on the fighting. Not much happened outside of the action.
Like many action movies, the main character Daniel seemed to gain superhuman abilities to keep going, even if injured, and seemed to encounter no obstacles that could possibly stop him. I prefer slightly more flawed and realistic odds, but I do see the appeal of an unstoppable main character. Cassie’s fights seemed to fit my expectations better, with injuries and back and forth action occurring.
I really liked the concept of the story, with the humans, vampires and vaempires. It is a very interesting history, and even seemed possible.
The ending was…. I’m not sure how to describe. My review notes indicate “last page = WHAT?!” And since that’s all the details I intend to give, you’ll have to read it yourself and decide what you think.
Challenges read for:
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge