Source: Received for review
1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand. With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal? No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself. (Taken from Goodreads)
It has taken me a while to actually get into the swing of this book however I am glad I stuck with it as it proved to be a very interesting read.
The Point of view that this novel was told from changed frequently. I am not usually a fan of multiple points of view being used however in this case I will make an exception to my opinion. All the character had unique voices and personalities that were present through the writing of the author. All these elements helped to make multiple points of view used throughout this novel a success.
The word building used throughout this novel was excellent. It helped to build a unique but historically accurate world, that really draws the reader in.
I loved how the vampires is the novel as not perceived as cute and sparkly creatures but are back to being the classic demons of the night. This element was done very well by Andy Gavin and really was the major selling point of the novel for me. Too many novels recently are going away from the classic image of the vampires and are re-inventing them. To me vampires should be creatures of the night and hunt for the thrill/need of the kill and this classic description of vampires was worked very well into the storyline by Andy Gavin.
Overall this novel was a slow starter for me but soon picked up the pace and was a very interesting read. I highly recommend to readers who like their vampires as demons of the night.
A copy of this novel was received for free for review and all opinions expressed are my own through reading it.