Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.
Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....
I also recommend this a few days back here.
The book was an omnibus, a collaboration of three consecutive books: "The Last Vampire," "Black Blood," and "Red Dice," stories which tell you the life of a Vampire Girl named Sita/Alisa/Lara.
In the first section, "The Last Vampire," we learn of the main character of how she became a vampire, the life she led before she was transformed, and of her creator.There were some really good action scenes where Sita gets to demonstrate to the reader and to her prey how powerful she has become after 5,000 years of life. Sita is an interesting character who may seem a little too much like Wonderwoman, but she is a vampire after all, right? And she doesn't pull punches in making her powerful. The writing is straightforward, with some witty sentences that will stick in your mind. Sita was changed in her twenties, and sometimes she's very confused in her emotions, but she also has the wisdom of her five thousand years. Made she thinks wiser.
While in "Black Blood," Sita is investigating a string of killings that she believes must be coming from a newborn vampire or worse, a group of newborns (Recall something from Eclipse??). It becomes more intense as Sita is faced with many life or death situations. In contrast to the typical stereotype, Sita is the powerhouse and Ray is her wimpy backup. He's somewhat whiny and not very thrilled about being a vampire (he won't drink blood for example; a Bella version??), while Sita is as ruthless or as loving as the situation dictates. I sometime thinking of her as a Damon version (V.Diaries)). She lives very quiet in the moment, doing what she believes is necessary to protect humanity (And more like Stefan this way *LOL*). I don't know how Pike got this idea when he created a different kind of vampire, which covers loneliness, disease, religion in an intriguing way. I think he is so intelligent in his merging of the vampire storyline with Krishna and Hinduism. That's something has to do with originality of one's idea, don't you think?
The last part in this volume is "Red Dice". "Red Dice" picks up immediately where the last section had ended. And how Sita being mortal, once again. This one ended really quickly and I'm not really satisfied with it. Don't get me wrong. I like the third part. Sita faced a lot more difficulties and here lies the true part of her previous life. And at some point, her thinking to solve things can be a bit boring.
Well, overall, it's not like a love-vamp-story. And not even close like Twilight (Honestly, I can only compare to that, I havent read any vamp stories other than Twilight). But I really hope you give this one a try. And love to hear your opinions too. =)
My Rating: 5/5