Neurian Scriptures 1:
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: Manic Pen Publishing
Publication date: 1.26.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Date read: 10.21.2014
Summary: In 18th century Europe, the people fear vampires. What do the vampires fear?
Alexander Damascus is the last Neuri, a Spartan-like tribe bread to hunt and destroy the undead. With his partner Demitra, they track Queen Adrielle. She has organized the vampire clans into an army for expanding her empire. Learning that Adrielle's enforcer, Verucious, has acquired fragments of an ancient segmented map, the Vatican dispatches its own hunters to reinforce Alexander against Verucious and his Dark Riders.
These Vatican mercenaries have their own checkered tales and grounds for hating Verucious and his kind. Their handler, Cicero, their only contact to the powers above, quietly conceals a piece of the arcane map.
Alexander, ever the lone wolf, becomes frustrated, held down by his new formed alliance. Believing them to be lambs for the slaughter, he soon realizes that Adrielle has far greater numbers than he had assumed and by enlisting the aid of Eden, a Neuri turned and Alexander's ex-lover, have gained all but one part of the map. Cicero guards this to his death and its destruction.
The map lost, Adrielle sets her sights on her new prize, Alexander. He can strengthen his armies. Alexander's kind was the seed of all vampire blood. The Neuri sworn to hunt those spawned from the civil war they waged.
At first I was not going to read this book. The book description on Amazon (which you can see above with a little bit of editing) was all over the place and poorly proofread. The storyline sounded intriguing, though, the vampires were 18th century ones, and it was only 96 pages, so I decided to give it a go.
This is an interesting and exciting story, but the writing and lack of editing makes it rough, sometimes difficult to read. It could definitely use some cleaning up, some tightening of the story, and some editing to fix the punctuation problems and the repetitive sentences. There are parts of the story that, even though they should be exciting with vampires and vampire hunters and all that good stuff, just seem a bit boring.
That being said, I did enjoy the characters and was impressed that the vampires were evil bastards, the way they should be. The whole idea of Alexander was a win and I liked how mysterious he was.
I do plan to read the next one in the series to find out more. This could be a much better story if the author will take the time to have it edited (there are lots of freelance ones out there).