Let me begin by saying that I really like a good Vampire book and I am in hopes that we get to see more of Francois in upcoming titles.
The character development was very good. The story was original, with Francois as a young “spy” in the the early part of the last millennium. Francois does not have it easy, even when it comes to his first love, Giles. Betrayed by Giles, Francois carries a vengeance for hundreds of years and it isn’t until he meets Vasile that he realizes that there is more to an undead life than what he had been living.
The story moves from the European continent to New Orleans and is there that Francois meets Vasile. Vasile is the Master of the Vieux Carre` territory and is under siege by the order of the L’ordre, vampire hunters.
This may sound like a big story and it is, but it is neatly compacted in a space of 64 pages. The story moves quickly, it gives us a deep sense of who Francois is and how he became who he is. Vasile is still a bit of a mystery, but I sort of like that it gives me hope for more of him as the series unfolds. Edward you have me hooked on your vampires, I look forward to book 2.
Since his turning in 1022 young spy, François, has hated all humans. And yet, in 1347, he falls in love with one, only to be betrayed by Giles who tells his liege lord that François is a vampire. The lord blackmails François into spying for him. Years later, François gains his revenge on Giles through his son.
In 1876 New Orleans, François joins forces with Vasile, a master of the city, to take on human vampire hunters. Then Vasile’s human lover dies and Vasile turns to François for comfort. Will love ensue, or is François destined to always be alone?