By day I am an administrative worker for a nonprofit organization, and by night (and most weekends) I am a writer. If I'm not working or writing I am usually, reading watching horror movies of varying qualities and being a cat lady--working on the crazy part.
My goal as a writer is to filter the madness that consumes my brain onto paper (or the screen, rather) for others to (hopefully) enjoy as much as I do.
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- The Striga Chronicles - Reborn
on July 17, 2013
I read Reborn for a R2R and really enjoyed it. It follows a young girl, Elizabeth, on her journey to becoming a striga (vampire). It kept me interested and entertained throughout. It follows some "traditional" vampire lore but also refreshes the genre enough to still be interesting and engaging.
It is difficult to write a historical novel and I am intimidated by the idea of doing so myself, but this author does so convincingly. While purists might pick apart the finer details of the language I didn't find anything anachronistic or distracting about the setting. And I did look some stuff up to check for accuracy. You can tell that the author did his due diligence.
The main character, Elizabeth, is interesting and it's easy to feel for her and her situation. She experiences a lot of pain and instead of crumbling under it, she chooses to fight and accept what she must do. Having said that, I would have liked to have seen her grow as a character a little more. Even after becoming a striga she, at times, seems to rely on social convention of allowing someone else to take care of her. Such as screaming for help, or being overcome with fear.
This novel does a good job of setting up for a bigger story. It doesn't go out of it's way to try to be overly mysterious. You know from the beginning she is going to become striga. So, instead of spending the novel wondering if she will or will not become one of them, you get to focus on other aspects of the story. The relationships between characters, the history, etc.
I look forward to seeing where this story goes. There is enough resolution at the end to make the story feel complete but enough is left open to make you look forward to the sequels.