on April 23, 2012 :
Kartdeshtr's Redemption is dark, compelling, tender and so good. Katdreshtr is definitely one of the most unique characters I’ve stumbled upon lately. Usually vampire inspired characters don’t keep me interested because they tend to be black and white: either completely evil and deranged (usually the villain in the story) or human adoring and saintlike from the start, but this one is completely unique.
Katdreshtr is completely ambiguous in this sense: there is no clearly defined morality in his actions and his motivations are passionate and mysterious. I felt alarm, anxiety, detachment and compassion all at once for Katdreshtr, and that is always interesting as a reader. I feel like the name onomatopoeically helps one get in touch with Katdreshtr’s energy, which is pretty fierce. The writing is fluid, sultry and poetic. I would greatly enjoy knowing how Tal and Kat’s story continues in the future!
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
on March 6, 2012 :
Eloquently descriptive this short story paranormal captivates me. In this fast-paced short story the intriguing characters are tangible providing an eastern Slavic richness to this dark vampiric plot. Katrdeshtr and Tal are earthy, perceptible and quite enthralling. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 21, 2011 :
I love vampires and their multi-faceted, powerful, seductive, immortal, and mysterious natures. Moody, bored, and restless, Katrdeshtr takes pleasure in killing. He was saved from a grave illness and given the gift of eternal life by his on-again, off-again lover, Tal Trieska. Both men have endured hardships and being together for too many years has leached the passion out of their relationship.
As Kat looks to relieve his boredom, and Tal becomes enchanted with a golden-haired beauty named Evangelina, their troubles really begin.
Written in vivid detail and elegant prose, the author has created rich characters with emotional depth, and provided a glimpse into the heart, soul, history, and people of Russia.
I thoroughly enjoyed this haunting and beautifully told story and look forward to more!
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)