Born a bastard child of an unknown father, Aleric finds a place as the Baron's falconer owing to his uncanny ability to communicate with birds of prey. When a forbidden love comes to light, Aleric is forced to join a Crusade to the Holy Land. There he meets the woman known as Pythia, whose fatal kiss curses him with the thirst for blood and sets him on the road to destiny. Clegg's series opener features a vampiric hero whose beginnings in the Middle Ages marks him as a warrior. Action and adventure combine with traditional vampire fiction to create a book that will appeal to fans of vampires and historical fantasy. For most libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The stunning first volume of a new dark fantasy epic from Stoker-winner Clegg (Nightmare House) gives the iconic vampire a massive makeover and draws fresh possibilities from its most familiar aspects. Aleric Atheffelde, a low-born medieval Breton boy with a strange knack for training birds, gets snared while serving as an unwilling soldier in the Holy Land by arch-vampiress Pythia, who through a kiss inadvertently sparks a vision in him of his regal vampire destiny. From the moment of Aleric's conversion, the tale detours sharply from the well-plowed terrain of conventional vampire costume dramas into an undiscovered country entirely the author's own. Aleric and his new vampire tribe travel to the legendary vampire necropolis of Alkemara, a marvel of gothic creepiness. There they encounter the legendary Priest of Blood, who supplies an intricate and mesmerizing view of vampire culture and projects a tragic future whose outcome hinges on Aleric. This rich and symbol-laden blend of myth and history makes intense reading while it lays a solid foundation for later books in the series. Agent, Simon Lipskar at Writers House. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This book will sink its teeth into you. ("Kansas City Star") Stunning...gives the iconic vampire a massive makeover. ("Publishers Weekly", starred review) Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby. (Dean Koontz)