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DAM'UM: SONG OF THE VAM PYR'S BLOOD JUNKY
Book I of The One Blood Series; by Stavros
As the first book in the epic One Blood Series, Blood Junky sets the stage to an original tale of vampires. Culled from over 15 years of research and development, the book is an easy introduction into the vibrant and realistic world of vampirism that the author has crafted. More of a psychological thriller, Blood Junky spans the globe, telling a unique tale of obsession and love from two distinct time periods in the life of the main character, Linnet Pevensey.
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Däm'Um: Song of the Vam Pŷr's Blood Junky
Book 1 of 6 in the One Blood, Song of the Vam Pŷr Collection
Released: 08/2010Pages: 384Size: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inchesWeight: 1.1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it., July 7, 2013
By Eatsleepread88 - Jessica Figueroa
This review is from: Däm'Um: Song of the Vam Pyr's Blood Junky (Paperback)
When I first had gotten a hold of this book I was a bit skeptical about how it was going to turn out because many of the vamp books I've read are the same thing over and over. The whole vampire thing has been overdone and made tiring. What I wasn't expecting was how much I loved this book. This book was a breath of fresh air. I found the concept of the Jadaraa Soo an interesting take when it comes to being a vampire.
I loved this intense book. There is passion, there is obsession, and never a dull moment. I loved how it switched back to the characters history of what life was like back then and how it was now. I loved how there was so much going on to keep me interested, wondering what was going to happen next. The ending wasn't at all how I expected, and I loved the ending of this book all the same. I look forward to reading the next book to this, Love In Vein.
Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend you lovely readers to check out this book.
5 Out of 5 Star Amazon Review
By Lucinda on July 30, 2013
I am so impressed by this astonishingly remarkable novel which boasts qualities of Bram Stoker's Dracula, within a historically evocative backdrop of atmospheric nuance. This psychological thriller interweaves historical accuracy with an undertone of literary genius, forming highly plausible philosophy and conception.
Unlike the majority of Vampire novels `Blood Junky' is so assured in its content (regarding Vampire history and plausible fact), that in my mind I am certain of it being labeled as a classic of this modern age. As part of a series that follows Linnet Pevensey through two different time frames that interconnect, the novel can therefore be read either as a continuation of the series or independently as a singular volume on Vampirism. Stavros captures the exact essence of Vampires and their nature; such as powerful strength, blood-lust and predatory instincts. Vampires in this novel are as far-removed from humans as possibly imaginable and so in contrast to books like Stephanie Meyer's Twilight or other Young Adult novels; he has delved back in time to original sources and perspectives. The author nurtures the ancestral myth of the Vampire and by bringing the legends of old alive once more, you feel in-tune with the clear image of a Vampire and their captivating instincts.
The true romantic concept, the feverish longing for blood and the fear that Vampire's bring is brought to the fore in this spectacular story. This intoxicating, spine-chilling, and hypnotic tale brings ghosts of the past back to life in such a way; it is as if Dracula is reincarnated for a contemporary readership whilst maintaining that strong link to history. Exceptionally well-conceived, this deliciously detailed creation is nothing short of astonishing, with such passion deeply ingrained within the pages for you to revel in. Additionally, the seven page `Lexicon' at the end of the book is most helpful, as well as making for interesting reading and understanding.
"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true" - Quote
Däm'um: Song Of The Vam Pyr's Blood Junky' exceeded all expectations and is a literary masterwork that I predict becoming this years bestseller.
*I won a paperback copy of `Däm'um: Song Of The Vam Pyr's Blood Junky' by Stavros through a Goodreads, first-read giveaway*
George-GZM's Mythical Books Review
Posted on Mythical Books, Jul 01, 13; 5 of 5 stars
"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."
When you put your hands on a book like Blood Junky by Stavros you can have a moment of doubt ... in a good way. I've never been a fan of stories with or about vampires. Vampires are not among my favorite fantasy creatures. And the books and movies from recent decades, where these characters were rifled and debunk from everything that they represent, strengthened my beliefs. I’m referring here to the good and bad as well. In the rush for profit and gain more readers, in some authors’ creations the vampires have become increasingly softer, more weak-willed, more "human" to be easier to love and to cry on their shoulder. They are no more those mystical and romantic characters, but became pathetic clichés in the worst possible sense of the word (I don’t want to give names of movies or books, but I think you all know what I have in mind). Or there is also that stupid and idiotic pattern which has nothing to do with the ancestral myth of the vampire.
Long introduction, but...Blood Junky represents the returning to the roots of the genre. I don’t use big words, I have no interest to do it, but this is what I felt when reading this book: a renewal of the true romantic concept, of the creature bursting with passion and sexuality, of the predator. A story that entwines in a fine way the contemporary and the baroque. A story full of mystery and sensuality with exotic descriptions and complex characters. A book in which the characters are constructed in an interesting way throughout the story and where, like in a jigsaw, you’ll have the complete picture only at the end. And what a picture! I guarantee that the fans of this genre will not be disappointed.
I hope you did not misunderstand me. Blood Junky doesn’t live on memories told by the fireside. It is a book full of action, where the brake and throttle are used at maximum. A novel full of unpredictability, where suspense and drama occur when you least expect it. An adventure that will take you through frames of present days and recollections of events that occurred a long time ago which have the purpose to help you shaping the characters. The main characters (and not only them) you will adore them, you will hate them, love them, despise them ... The author will play with your feelings and he’ll make it outright. Anyway, what do you expect? Vampires are like cats: beautiful but predators. Beauty and cruelty sometimes go hand in hand.
Now a warning to our younger readers: this is not a book for them (yet), be patient! Even if you saw in the rows above the word sexuality, and some of you might be curious to read because of it, you will be disappointed. There are no explicit scenes, all is well dosed and gently said, nothing is shocking from that point of view.
I warmly recommend you the book! It's worth reading, and fans of vampire stories will have a pleasant surprise!
Steve Wilson's Amazon Review
4 of 5 stars; Jul 28, 13
This is a book received through Goodreads. While I am of the opinion that the subject of vampires has possibly reached a saturation point in terms of books, movies and television, this book is a welcome entry into the field. The author focuses on story-telling and the story that he has crafted is both fascinating and exceptionally well-written. The main characters in the book (Linnet, Dominique and Z) are well developed and are given very human qualities and emotions (love, loss, ambition, hopes and dreams).
While there are violent and sexual elements within the book, they do not predominate the story and while graphic, these scenes are usually limited to a few paragraphs rather than extending to pages as is often the case with books of this genre. If I had one problem with the book, and it is a relatively minor problem, it is the inclusion of a 7 page lexicon of terms. While I fully appreciate the author providing a context to the story, and has painstakingly created his own unique history of vampires, I found the words when used within the novel to be a hinderance. Often I did not take the time to refer to the glossary especially when several of these words appeared one after the other and this may have resulted in my missing some aspects of the event.
Regardless, this is a well written and entertaining book which I fully enjoyed. My rating of 4 stars is more of a result of my having only a passing interest in the vampire genre of novels. For those who have a stronger interest in he subject, I would suggest the work would rate a full five stars
4 of 5 stars; Nov 09, 13
Read from October 20 to November 10, 2013
I have to admit, I usually like the teen stuff and was apprehensive about reading this. But, I had met the author at a horror convention and he convinced me to read it and also autographed the book in 'blood' for me. How can I resist that offer??
However, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked going back in history and reading the background stories of the characters! I especially enjoyed Z's background story. Although she wasn't the main character, she was my favorite and I loved her demeanor and attitude throughout the book.
I cannot wait to read the continuation 'Love in Vein' and hope it's just as amazing.
Stavros - you have helped me love adult vamp books. They are definitely more than just teen lust and glitter ;-)
Lori Bowland's Review
5.0 out of 5 Stars. Living Dead Media.com
January 26, 2011
Blood Junky is a chronicle about the lives and un-lives of three women who have become vampires, Dominique De'Paul, Linnet Albee (Pevensey), and Zia. It tells their stories over a number of centuries and creates an entire culture through their stories. The story of Dominique begins a thousand years ago with Dominique as a "blood slave" and continues to the 21st century. Included in those eras are their lives in the 18th century England where Linnet encounters a man who will make a sweeping change in her life. In Brazil of the same era where Dominique and Linnet find themselves making changes that will have grave consequences. It will also include America of the early 20th century where the reader will meet Zia.
This is an epic vampire tale which rivals LeFanu's "Carmilla" in sheer quality and is much better than most vampire stories. This has to be one of the best vampire novels ever written. I would even hazard to say that this novel is among such greats like "Dracula". I think that this one has the potential to become a new classic in the genre. The novel tells the story, primarily, from the experiences of an 18th century young woman named Linnet. She begins the story as a source of blood for the older Dominique. I chose to take my time with this story and savor the novel. I would urge others to do the same. Readers won't want to miss every nuance that "Blood Junky" has to offer. The only flaw that it has is that it gets a bit heavy on exotic terms, but this is only a very slight flaw. The author includes a glossary which explains and defines the terms he's created that helps the reader understand the terms. This is a novel that readers need to immerse themselves in. It provides a very different innovative world that readers can revel in. This novel has a distinct style which can be characterized as being like a very rich dessert. It's like crème brulee on a literary level.
The parts that are the most engrossing are the ones that take place in the 18th century. This is where the meat of the story is. I got to know two of the characters, Dominique and Linnet. These are wonderful women and very out of the ordinary. The vampire Dominique is very much a protective entity in the story which makes her very heroic. Linnet has a child that is in peril and Dominique takes on a parental role too and goes to bravely rescue the boy. This part is full of interesting conflicts. One of the more interesting conflicts entails one with the concept of slavery. The vampire vehemently despises the criminal practice and she takes steps to end it on her South American plantation. This is another aspect of this character which also makes her valiant. The bulk of Linnet's story is told here too. She's a very deep character and has as many facets and depth as any diamond. She's one of the most resilient and resourceful characters of the book. She's infinitely likeable. Zia's story begins in the early 20th century and continues into the 21st. She's very much a brat and one that the readers will enjoy following. She's the kind of character that one never knows what she is going to do next. She also becomes the obsession of a musician, Ryan Silva who goes to insane lengths to be with her. Each of these women is a huge pleasure in reading. I would advise those that desire excellent fiction and especially vampire fiction lovers to read this novel. It will be something that they will not regret.