"Great retake on the Robin Hood legend"
The Sheriff of Nottingham, Hugh deSteny listens with dread
to the account of how a crofter family died with only small
punctures on their necks. He has fought these creatures on
Crusade in the holy land. He fears they have arrived on
England's shores and have made their base of operation
Sherwood Forest, a dark and foreboding place where the sun
never shines. Sir Gui de Gisbourne who has placed deSteny
in his position doesn't give credence to the sheriff's
belief but deSteny sends messenger to inform Prince John of
the dangers of this infestation.
Hugh is ordered to travel to Arundel to bring Lady Marian
De Beauchamp to her betrothed Sir Gui. However the vampire
leader Robin Hood and his men including Little John, Will
Scarlet and the Red Friar kill the guard but take Lady
Marian to Hood to her satisfaction because he treats her as
are equal. Hugh with Sir Gui's approval sets a trap to
bring the vampires out into the open where they can be
destroyed. A roaming minstrel romanticizes Hood and his
followers in ballads and a legend is born.
A COLD SUMMER NIGHT is an original rendition of the vampire
myths and Robin Hood legend. Trystam Kith's vampires are
evil and under the domination of Robin Hood but they still
remember to mourn the loss of their humanity. They know
they are damned and intend to put off the moment of
reckoning as long as possible. Prince John comes across as
a caring leader who is trying to do what is right for his
country by helping deSteny destroy the vampires in his
country. This dark fantasy comes highly recommended.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 11, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007