This is not your typical vampire book. The author has an interesting and compelling take on where vampires came from, why the live like they do, and what happens to a vampire that needs to be punished. The story itself is fast-past and full of twists and turns, with a heaping-helping of action and suspense. The darker side of vampires is also explored, and rest easy, they don’t sparkle, come off as devastatingly charming or broodingly handsome. This is the story of the vampires of old, with their compulsions, loss of humanity and bone-shaking intensity. I was saddened by the ending, but looking back, I can’t see how it could have ended any other way. Great book, compelling story and I definitely recommend!