Review: Vampires Rock – Again

June 1, 2011 - 1:19 am No Comments

The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles:

Vampire Warlords

Author:  Andy Remic

Publisher: Angry Robot

Price:  £7.99 (Paperback)

Page count:  432pp (inc. Q & A interview)

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

Better known for his Combat K novels, which he still writes Andy Remic has started to branch out as of late. His experimentation perhaps started with Kell’s Legend, the first in the Clockwork Vampire Chronicles, which got rave reviews at its release. And just a short time later, Andy became involved in the world of e-publishing “changing the world one book at a time”, having released his thriller Serial Killers Incorporated along with its own CD soundtrack as part of new venture Anarchy Books. It should be no surprise then, that this Literary Entrepreneur is taking the genre world by storm with the third instalment in the Clockwork Vampire trilogy.

In this splendid close to the Chronicles, renowned Warrior Kell must choose to either flee the conquered land of Falanor, or fight for its people. It’s a difficult choice, though Kell is most certainly up for the challenge.

From the outset, Vampire Warlords grips the reader, with its beautiful yet visceral language, its most definitely un-sparkly Vampires and his signature sense of humour.  Despite its fantasy setting, Remic creates a thoroughly real universe for his trilogy, with visual clarity, rip roaring action and believable characters who literally jump off the page.  Yet for me, it is Remic’s clear descriptions and inventive use of the English language that stands out.  The Vampire Warlords are both gruesome and dazzling, their bodies or clothing (you’ll have to read it to know what I mean), is “a million tiny greasy smoke coils constantly twisting and writhing like an orgy of corpse lovers entwined”. And that’s just the first page!

Remic is truly a force to be reckoned with in the future of genre writing and this novel is, quite simply, stunning!

If you want to know more about Andy’s latest projects take a look at his or Angry Robot’s events & forthcoming releases, take a look at the following websites; Angry Robot Books, Andyremic.com and Anarchy Books .

 

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