Saint Sanguinus, the first in the Dark Ages Vampire Trilogy, is not your average, pretty vampire romance. Set in 6th century Wales, the world Smith built for us is perfect for this dark vampire tale. While I enjoyed the depth of the characters and the imagery of the story, I did find the beginning of the book to be a bit slow. There was a lot of switching back and forth between the three main characters Peredur, Tanwen, and Cavan as well as between periods of time. I had to stop and go back a couple of times to follow what was happening. That being said, I understand that with this being the first of the trilogy and the complexity of the characters lives, there really needed to be a lot of build up. The last half of the book flew by in a flurry of action and emotional turmoil to end in a way that made me want to have the next book now!

I can’t wait to read the second book in the trilogy and to find out what happens next with Peredur, Cavan, and Tanwen. If you’re a fan of smiley, sunshine and rainbow vampires, this book may not be for you. These vampires are vicious and live for blood, yet there is a strong emotional basis to the characters that makes you care, even for the “bad guys”. Smith keeps the setting true to the Dark Ages in every detail and makes it easy to step into the story even if you aren’t familiar with that era. I recommend this series to anyone that is a fan of the more gothic type vampire tale.

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From Amazon.com
An elite brotherhood stands between humans and vampires, preventing one side from annihilating the other. Who are called to this service? Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath.

Welsh warrior Peredur falls to a spear before he can claim Tanwen for his bride. Raging on the battlefield, Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brethren.

Yet his need for the chieftain’s daughter Tanwen still burns.

Tanwen resists her father’s command to take a husband. The only one who understands her sorrow is Cavan, the wise woman’s son. When he promises that he can reunite her with her beloved, she agrees to his terms. But does Tanwen truly understand the depth of the price that must be paid?

Blood of Immortality is the first part of the Hunter Everett Saga.  Guardamano has written a very in-depth and unique book.  The way immortals came to be and what they need for their race to survive is definitely a departure from the norm.  In a  time when there are so many vampire novels, many of which target the young adult market, it is refreshing to read one that doesn’t  follow the traditional formula  to the letter.  Although the book has elements of the paranormal,  I  found that it also has a sci-fi feel to it that will appeal to some readers. Though the book is geared more toward young adults, I don’t believe that it will appeal to just that particular group.  

The characters are really well developed, and all of the main characters were fairly in-depth. The author really gave you a taste of their personalities. I really liked Hunter’s character and I am sure the readers will like him as well.  In some ways he seemed  to be the typical 19-year-old boy, but to me he had an atypical  selflessness .  Guardamano also provided very descriptive settings in the book and I found it very easy to envision the places in which the novel takes place.

There were a couple of small sections of the book that moved a little slow for me and left me a bit distracted, but all in all this was a good read.  I thought that is was well written and very imaginative, and I would give the future installments a try.

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From Amazon.com

For over half a millennium, the Empire of the Vampyres stood united and unchallenged. Immortality was their greatest weapon. The world was their playground. But therein lay their greatest weakness; a secret that created their entire race, which also held the power to destroy it.
And so came the dark years in the year 2006 AD when the Source, a tiny but powerful creature whose blood fed their immortality was stolen. With their only lifeline gone, their Empire stood on the verge of collapse, plagued by accelerated aging.
And so the search began, and for five years, all of immortal kind waited in darkness. But in the midst of their desperation facing death, fate would bring the Source to the most unlikely person – a seemingly ordinary nineteen-year-old boy named Hunter Everett.
Loyalties will be questioned. Friendships will be challenged. Love will be tested. This is his story, this will be his legacy.

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