By K.L. Kerr Editions: ebook, paperback Published: September 12th 2012 by Penrefe Publications Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Source: review copy
The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.
For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams and trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn’t want to travel.
The first book in The Blood of Ages series, “The Genesis” is an urban fantasy about the inescapable nature of Fate and the corruption of power.
~ Bewitching BT
Bomy’s Flutter: interesting vampires and nicely paced action
World Building: Interesting paranormal elements mixed in with contemporary world. Vampires are a bit more old-school, hungry and powerful. I liked the world of the read.
Characters: A lot of potential for a series-long interesting development. Fox was very mysterious and I want to know more about him, he was probably my favorite though he wasn’t the main. Catrina, who was the main, didn’t really reach me. She was cool, game for action and such but I didn’t get emotionally in tune with her. But then again I often have that issue with UF, so it’s not too surprising sadly.
Plot: Alert and interesting, I loved the twist there at the end. Unfortunately (for me), it’s very action and not something extra (like some romance or something), and I’m not a fan of action. Which is why I tend to read PNR not UF vibe reads. This felt clearly action oriented, so if you’re into that you’ll get a kick out of it.
Writing: Nice third person narrative, mostly from Catrina’s POV, very easy to read it has a great flow.
Curb Appeal: Nice cover and good blurb, but this wouldn’t be an impulsive buy for me. UF rarely is. To each their own, right? 🙂
All in all this was a good start to the series, and if you’re into ‘real’ vampires and urban fantasy, I say give this a try. It’s worth it.
The [Totally Unofficial] “Blood of Ages: The Genesis” Soundtrack
I like to listen to music when I’m writing. I also like to listen to music when I’m not writing, just to be clear. When I’m writing, I have tracks that helps focus me into the scene I’m working on, largely scores from movies and tracks from movie soundtracks and some video games. I separate them into sad/reflective, action/fight, creepy, tense, general atmospheric, and oddballs, all of which cover whatever mood I’m trying to get into. I also invested in a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones, because there’s nothing worse than an irritated partner/offspring/pet who has to deal with your occasionally odd choices of music.
Here’s some of the music you’d find on the soundtrack for “The Genesis”*:
The Moderator Bars
“Carmen Queasy” by Maxim feat. Skin (Listen on YouTube)
I love this song, and I think it captures the vibe of the Moderator bars really well, something bohemian, but with a dark presence. Also, considering this song is supposedly about a woman selling her body for money, I also think it has something of a connection to the relationship vampires have to the donors.
“Hallucinating” by Apartment 26 (Listen on YouTube)
“I Stand Alone” by Godsmack (Listen on YouTube)
Any vampire in Dayson will tell you the attacks on Moderator bars happen all too often. The scenes involving Archway attacks need to be fast-paced and dirty; these types of tracks help get those feelings across.
Moldy Old World from Vampires: The Masquerade Video Game (Listen on YouTube)
The Elder God from Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (Listen on YouTube)
Catrina spends some of her time as a vampire trapped in the company of spirits in an old house a few centuries out of its time. The Otherworld is clearly not “right”, and I think Moldy Old World accurately portrays a kind of jerky, uncomfortable feeling. The Elder God covers a specific scene towards the start of the story, where Catrina is dreaming of drowning in a sea of souls. The siren sound at the start of every bar is the kind of sound I think the creature down there would make.
“Strobe (Adagio in D Minor)” from Kickass (Listen on YouTube)
This song has such a slow, progressive build; you can just feel your heart beating faster and faster as it goes on. This is that point where your hero is on the ground, with the villain standing over them, all victorious. But the hero is getting up, slowly, painfully, maybe they’re screaming as they do it, as they curl their hands into fists and fly into action.
“Hitgirl Drives Home” from Kickass (Listen on YouTube)
You know the scene that happens in a movie, where all the sound cuts out, and all you hear is the haunting score as the characters on screen reach their breaking point, usually in slow motion**? Well, this is the song I play when I’m working on scenes like that. I have a few of those scenes.
“Freak on a Leash” by Korn (Listen on YouTube)
Freak on a Leash is used in a pivotal scene towards the end of the story, which I can’t go into because of spoilers. But I spent so long listening to this song while writing that particular scene that the two have become joined in my subconscious. I can’t read that particular scene anymore without thinking of this track, and vise-versa.
Music is a huge part of my creative life–it’s a massive factor on the way I write and affects the scenes I create–and I don’t quite know what I’d do without it!
* Don’t worry, I don’t actually think it’s the norm for a book’s author to have any input in the production of a movie, nor do I think that scores created specifically for movies/tv shows/videogames could be used in another movie =D
** There’s probably a technical name for that.
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Born and raised close to North York Moors, initial setting of American Werewolf in London, one might be excused for thinking K. L. Kerr’s interests might lie with those furry beasts. But she has always preferred monsters of the fanged variety, having written the very first draft of her novel, The Genesis, aged sixteen.
When not writing, Kerr can be found playing the MMORPG, World of Warcraft, or listening to music from video game soundtracks. She still lives in the North of England, close to The Moors (keeping to the roads, naturally), with two cats who–like all cats–think they’re people.
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