“Immortal blood is precious and Kokawa Taku’s makes him especially unique.
After vampire hunters force them to flee Tokyo, Taku and his lover, Thane, try to make a new life for themselves in England. But three months later Thane is still tormented by nightmares of the fire that almost cost them their lives. This leads to carelessness and the discovery of one of his victims.
When faced with threats from all sides Taku tries his best to protect them although his actions are met with disapproval and anger from Thane. Unknown to his lover, Taku is also struggling to keep hidden the truth of what really happened three months ago.
However, it is only a matter of time before Taku’s past and bloodline catches up with him.”
I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was… a surprisingly different take on vampires.
Taku and Thane are the main protagonists. Thane is Taku’s lover, having committed himself to being immortal.
After a fire erupted in their apartment from vampire hunters, Taku and Thane flee Tokyo and head to England, where Thane is originally from.
Thane, despite being immortal, keeps his humanity quite close to his heart. He dreads taking lives in other to sustain himself. Taku, on the other hand, is far more cold and distant. Hard, even. He keeps Thane apart from other vampires, as this story has clans of vampires with their own separate bloodlines.
Thane becomes careless and interacts with another vampire while visiting a cemetery. Clearly craving this interaction, he has no idea that this vampire would be their greatest downfall.
For a first time novel, this was awesome. The mix of English culture with Japanese culture is such a great blend and the author does this seamlessly.
I highly recommend this novel, even if you’re not a vampire fan. Throw away the idea of Anne Rice and instead welcome in Shari Sakurai’s take on vampires. There is so much humanity in this book.
About the Author:
Shari is very interested in other countries’ cultures and mythology; in particular Japan. Japanese themes and influences can often be found in her work. She is an animal lover and has two rats and a cat.
Shari’s debut novel Demon’s Blood was released in ebook format on 25th January 2014. She has participated and won the National Novel Writing Month challenge for the past nine years.