Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
My name was Bethany Trent and at age twenty three years, six months, four days and ten minutes I ceased to exist. Don’t misunderstand I didn’t die, I won’t die for an eternity by human standards, instead I was removed from everything that used to be my life. More

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About Katri Cardew

I live in country Australia where I write fantasy novels. I plan to travel the world as soon as my bank account allows!

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Jane Lavuire reviewed on July 5, 2013

I liked this book a lot because it gives a really unique spin to the often generic stories involving vampires. In Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire, you won't be meeting your average stereotypical unearthly characters - the whole book is really original and has some really good twists and turns that made me not want to stop reading. The "victim" (depending on who you ask) is placed in a very terrifying environment and is forced to create her own destiny through much hardship. It's nice to have a different vampire book for once that don't share all the same qualities as all the others in most books
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Monica Taboada reviewed on June 17, 2013

I read this book after enjoying the first in the series, Vampiris Sancti: the elf. Even though this book takes place in the same universe, we get to meet a new and very different character than we find in Elf. Bethany Trent finds herself turned into a new vampire without her consent or knowledge and now she must learn to adapt to her new life. The vampire who turned her means to use her to extract revenge against another. I enjoyed this story because we can witness Bethany become a powerful person who can fight for herself. We also get to learn more about the wonderfully drawn world the author has created in the Vampiris Sancti books. Every character is both real and interesting so it is easy to become enthralled in the storyline. It is not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy this book since it stands on its own. I would recommend reading the other books in the series anyway to be able experience the full effect of the series.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Erica Lucas reviewed on May 6, 2013

I've read several of the Vampiris Sancti novels so far, and while some of the others immerse you more fully in the author's world, I think "The Vampire" is the installment I've enjoyed best--perhaps because Bethany Trent starts out as a human and is more fully rounded and complex than her elf, demon, or other magical counterparts.

Bethany is an outsider--lonely and immersed in solitude--and that's part of the reason the powerful vampire Galt chooses her to transform. The other reason is that she bears an uncanny resemblance to a dead vampire named Siah--and Galt is set on getting revenge on those who have wrong him by bringing a Siah-double into their midst.

However, Bethany is not so malleable as Galt thinks--once she has changed into a vampire, she develops a will and a backbone of her own, and is not so eager to be Galt's pawn.

One of the most enjoyable parts of this novel for me is how Bethany deals with her change--the confusion and the questioning she goes through are refreshing, because so many vampire books have the protagonist just accepting the transformation and moving on without much thought about it. I also liked Bethany's personality--she's a strong female lead, and one you can easily empathize with.

I also enjoyed the plot--there's romance and a love triangle (of sorts), but it's not a "Twilight"-type entry into the vampire mythos. The characters are adults, not just falling in love based on looks and romance, but rather against the odds and sometimes against their wills.

I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy vampire novels in general, and for those who enjoy reading novels that involve a well-developed, complex fantasy world that spans across multiple books and builds upon itself with each entry.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jerry Notpit reviewed on April 27, 2013

This is the third one of the books that I have read, and the one I enjoyed the most. It is a great story of Bethany Trent an office worker that is marking time in a nondescript job that has her life taken from her. Galt a Vampire fixing to make the transition draws her into the world of vampires to get revenge for things that have happened in the past.

Little does Galt know that this weak willed unsatisfied human is going to change as much mentally as she does physically when becoming a vampire and spoil all his plans. While this book does not have as much action as the other two books, for those that enjoy intrigue and twist in the story, you will certainly enjoy this book

Here is one thing that is important about all three of these books. If you are looking for mind candy, do not read these books. These are not books that you can just breeze through to pass the time, especially in this book. If you breeze through this book then you will miss at least half of the twist and turns in the book. For those who want a book that creates a new world with characters who are not just mentioned in passing but have depth, then these are books you want to read.

There has been talk about how at the beginning of the chapters there is information about the wonderful world that Katri has created in these three books. Personally I enjoyed reading through the information, and it helped be understand what was going on in the book. I know that most books do not have that but then who wants to read most books. Also, many authors add the same background information as you find in the beginning of the chapter into the story. This way I can choose to read it or not and not have to wade through it in the story.

This is a wonderful series, and I look forward to reading more as this book leaves you wanting to know where this journey takes Bethany who is no longer Bethany.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Aaron Vandeheuven, Jr reviewed on April 20, 2013

This was her best work because the tale was at times riveting minus the tiresome gore and action found in so many of her other books and this genre specifically.
If Cardew was a little bit better writer, I might have enhanced my rating but her slow pacing and over the top vivid allegories, detracted from Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Book Lady reviewed on March 7, 2012

This is the second in the trilogy and I have to say, I skipped a lot of it. Once you get to the action of the story it's good. But like the first of these books, Cardew uses the first half of the chapters to give an encyclopedia-like history of that is unnecessary and dull. Since I read the first book, and had the glossary in the back, I really didn't need this at the beginning of each chapter. Like I said, I skipped most of it. I will get the last of the series, just because I am interested to see what happens. I like the characters, I like the action, and I want more of that. Would I recommend the books? Probably not because of the long winded stuff at the front of the chapters. I don't want to recommend a book and then recommend you skip half of it to get to the good parts. I received a free copy of this book to review which in no way affected my review.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
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