Book Review: Shadows of the Circus by J D Groom

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About the book

This book is a prequel to the Sorceress of Truth series by J.D. Groom.

Blackpool, 1894, and a deadly creature lurks in the shadows…

Shadows of the Circus by J.D. Groom

My thoughts

This is my first Historical Fantasy. The story is set in Blackpool, 1894, and tells the story of vampire Kylan.

Kylan is working at Blackpool Tower in construction and getting things ready for the grand opening of the famous landmark. He is struggling with managing his vampire urges.

Then he meets Mary, a well established vampire who takes him under her wing and gives him a crash course in control. When Kylan finds Mary in a dangerous situation, the fangs come out and everything is ruined.

Although this novel is a prequel to Sorceress of Truth (YA Contemporary Fantasy), this has a different feel with a male voice, more adult themes, spicy scenes and violence. There is a glossary of Victorian slang at the end, I particularly liked the words for idiot.

Read it for vampires, historical settings, and a little spice and gore.

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Book Review: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

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About the book

Blurb for Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

My thoughts

The story is told as if Gabriel is being interviewed, but in a way that is fully immersive. Gabriel De Leon is the MC, raised by his human mother but once he’s a teen he discovers he’s half vampire. He’s taken by the Holy Order to train to kill the vampires.

I liked Gabriel and pictured him as the Witcher. He is a very dark and broody character. This book was a hefty 800 page novel, but every chapter progressed the story and didn’t feel like filler.

There is plenty of action, blood spilling, and a touch of romance. I loved the thought put into the history of the world, and different vampires. Let’s not forget the stunning art lwork throughout.

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