"Great vampire tale"
Agyar Janos has changed his name to John Agyar to fit in
better in the Midwestern United States. He has lived over
a century and expects to survive many more as vampires can
live forever. Currently, John has moved into a house in
Lakota, Ohio, where he shares the residence and has formed
a cautious friendship with Jim the ghost.
John uses local artist Jill Quarrier as his blood supply
against the will of the mortal though she struggles to
break his hold on her. Jill's sociology student boyfriend
Don Swaggert becomes jealous of her attention to John and
threatens to kill his rival; the vampire without blinking
kills him. John's vampiric master Laura Kellem demands he
turns himself into the police to protect her nocturnal
dining. John is going to do so until he meets Jill's
roommate Susan. Now he has a reason to live, but must free
Jill, find a way to be with Susan as equals, and finally
confront his ruthless master Laura with the odds so
overwhelmingly against him no gambler would risk the bet.
AGYAR is an excellent modern day vampire tale that will
make believers of anyone who reads this exhilarating tale.
The action-packed story line moves at a brisk pace, but
the key is the solid cast. Readers will accept the
existence of vampires and their caste system due to the
completeness of Laura and John as full blooded beings.
Jill's desperation to free herself, which includes the use
of magic, also comes across as genuine. Finally Susan
completes the quartet that makes for a strong book that
will land on all the best of the year short horror novel
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 20, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2007