January 27th, 2009

Book review: Tale of the Thunderbolt

Today's book review is Tale of the Thunderbolt by E. E. Knight.

This is the third book in the ongoing Vampire Earth series.  Although it is a self-contained episode, I don't think it explains the background well enough to make complete sense by itself.  Start with Way of the Wolf.

This book deals with moral ambiguity -- if you have to do evil things to get to a place where you can do things that you must do, how do you live with yourself?  Also, if you have done evil in the past that you've rationalized as being what you had to do to survive, how do you go about rehabilitating yourself?  In case you were worried that we're getting too deep into morals, though, it does have a lot of running around and fighting and stuff, and it manages to introduce a vampire stereotype that had previously been missing from the series.  A new element is added to the mix that will warm the hearts of mad science fans and seem a bit contrived, even considering the world it's in, to the rest of us.  And we have a touching noble sacrifice that seemed to be necessary for the story arc to get back to where we were expecting it to go.

It was fun, but a bit weaker than the previous two.  7 out of 10.

Collapse )