Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Story of Lucius Cane by Vanya Ferreirh
London, 1794. Lucius Cane, a peculiar sort of vampire, comes upon an opponent the likes of which he has never seen before — a brute with remarkable abilities. But not all is as it seems as their encounter unfolds in a manner that neither of them expected.
I don't typically read vampire books so this was something different for me. This is a short story and, like all short stories, you can't expect very much character development. With most short stories you are basically just thrown right into the story and that is pretty much how this one was too.
The writing is very well done, not too simple but not overly fancy and wordy. I have read many books where it seems like the author was trying too hard to where it was more confusing than enjoyable but this is not like that at all. The reader isn't overwhelmed with excessive wordiness but instead you are given just enough background information that you aren't confused.
I did enjoy that Lucius was a "kind" vampire that chose not to harm humans. I'm not sure how most vampire based books are but I'm glad that this one wasn't all about killing humans! The voice in Lucius' head did confuse me a bit but not to the point that it would lower my level of enjoyment at all. I also wasn't expecting the character 'Jack the Hound' at all. I'm not really sure how I felt about him.
The story was left fairly open ended so you don't finish reading it with a satisfying end. You'll have to read the next book to see how the story continues. The Story of Lucius Cane is a very short story, I think it was about 20 pages, so it took just a short amount of time to read it. If you like vampire stories, and you either don't have much time to read or you just want a short story to read between novels, this might just be the book for you.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.