Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Change Of Heart by Mark Benjamin

A Change Of Heart by Mark Benjamin
Self published on the 29th May 2016.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Blood

Where to buy this book:
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How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bullied his entire life, orphaned university graduate, Gabriel Harper, is bitten by a Royal vampire moments before sunrise, transforming him over the course of six terrible and exhilarating nights into a hybrid - human by day, vampire by night. Just as he learns to come to grips with what he has become, the Silver Legion, a covert vampire-hunting organisation, kidnap him and his three friends, forcing them to join their clandestine crusade. However, the Silver Legion remain unaware of Gabriel's nature until it is too late.

A Change Of Heart starts out well. The descriptions of Gabriel's attack by vampire is exciting and I enjoyed the anticipation of learning how he slowly changed, day by day, from entirely human to part-vampire. We meet Gabriel's friends and his dysfunctional adoptive parents which provides interesting background. The political machinations of both vampires and Legion are intricate with lots of betrayals and power struggles.

The novel is written with an unusual structure of short chapters being written in the third person, but with each from the viewpoint of a different character. Sometimes we jump person within half a page, other times we might stick with someone for three or four pages, and with a large cast I did sometimes find it difficult to remember who was who. I stuck with it though! There is a good overall storyline here and ideas about personal identity. The ending is too much geared towards a sequel for my taste, but for fans of horror fantasy, I think A Change Of Heart would be a welcome addition to the genre.

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