"An epic vampire tale, part gothic horror and sweet romance"
Born to a family of Puritans in the early seventeenth
century, Gideon grew up in a very strict household where
his father ruled every aspect of his life, including what
he read (The Bible), whom he spoke to (definitely no
women), and who he was to marry. When Gideon was only
nineteen, his father died leaving him a young Baron and in
charge of his sister. After his sister marries, Gideon
hires a new man to act as steward for the household and
plans for his own wedding. But, Gideon realizes he has no
attraction to his betrothed. On the other hand, he finds
he is attracted to men, especially the new steward.
Eventually, the steward seduces Gideon, but his seduction
comes with a price: the steward is a vampire and turns
For the next fifty years, Gideon lives a life of horror
with his maker. Luckily, Gideon is saved from his maker
and comes to realize that he can live a relatively normal
life as a vampire. He finds wealth, friendship, and love.
Although he is comfortable in his life, the potential for
Gideon's maker to re-live the horror of his earlier days
hangs constantly above his head. Will he ever make peace
Gideon Redoak is an epic tale that few books
accomplish. I find it very interesting to have a vampire
story where we learn of the vampire before his turning, and
then a detailed description of his life thereafter. I felt
it very reminiscent of Anne Rice's vampire novels in that
the story is gothic in nature and the timeline is vast.
The romance in this book is very sweet and the sexual
encounter described lovingly without explicit detail, which
may appeal to a wide variety of readers.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. The pacing is a bit
disjointed where some parts move very quickly whereas
others are slow. Also, many times the story is very dry,
but Gideon is an incredibly stoic character. Therefore,
the "dryness" may be intentional and I give the author the
benefit of the doubt.
Unfortunately, Anne Fraser passed away before Gideon
Redoak could be published. It is very sad we lost such
a promising author before she could hit her prime and tell
the stories of several of her other characters.
Nonetheless, I recommend this book, especially
for lovers of "old school" vampire novels.
Reviewed by Katie Seely
Posted October 17, 2009