"Strong vampire tale"
Five years have passed since Kristian, self proclaimed God
of the vampires, allowed rebellious Karl van Wultendorf to
go his own foolish way. Now he demands his subordinate
return to his castle overlooking the Rhine to genuflect to
his creator. Karl knows he must adhere to the summons, but
remains defiant refusing to worship Kristian, as he will
visit on his time not his "master's" schedule.
Karl meets with Cambridge science Professor Neville to help
him study vampirism in order to eradicate Kristian.
However, a distraction in terms of Neville's reticent
daughter Charlotte surfaces as he and Charlotte begin to
fall in love but Kristian learns of her and her family. He
has a new weapon better than banishment into the cold
Crystal Ring dimension for he believes he can force his
disobedient rebel to kneel or watch the Neville's drained
of blood one at a time with Charlotte being the ultimate
pawn caught in his web.
Fans of vampire tales with a strong romantic subplot will
appreciate A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE. The story line provides
an exciting, but different approach to much of the mythos
and that requires some worthwhile but slower pacing
explanations. Kristian is quite a superego maniac, but his
use of the Nevilles as cannon fodder in a chess game of
life and death makes for fabulous reading especially with
the dilemma confronting the hero. Charlotte is a fine
protagonist especially as a hostage in the great war
between two powerful supernatural creatures whose rivalry
makes the species seem genuine which leads to a fine time
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 17, 2003
Karl von Wultendorf, though a vampire himself, is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude. Karl is determined to kill him. But vampires, as Karl well knows, are almost indestructible. Charlotte Neville is the daughter of a Cambridge professor. She has grown up questioning all that she sees and because of this, is seen as a wall flower by British society. She lives with her father and assists him with his experiments at his laboratory. When Karl meets, and falls in love with, Charlotte, he realizes that he must find a way to kill Kristian. For Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.
Genre: Fantasy, Vampire