I’m lucky enough to have been given the chance to read and review this excellent series of books by the talented Thomas Winship so please read on and learn all about this fascinating post apocalyptic world of Vampires, humans and Vaempires. Tour schedule at Dark Mind Tours
The 1st Book: Vaempires Christmas: White Christmas A Prelude To The Evolutionary War
BLURB from Goodreads
It’s almost Christmas. With the global holiday days away, the people of the world should be turning their attention toward celebrating peace and goodwill, but tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires is at an all-time high. Desperate for solutions, King Brant schedules a secret summit deep in North America’s Northern Forest. Along with Queen Anne, Princess Cassandra, Daniel’s family, and the human president and First Lady, the vampire leader seeks to reaffirm the ties between humans and vampires, while brainstorming ways to respond to the growing hostility among væmpires.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Cassie’s relationship is at an all-time low. The princess is still reeling from her breakup with Vielyn, and Daniel doesn’t know what he should or shouldn’t do to help. Little does he know that the summit will be flooded with surprises–guests, allegations, accusations, proposals, and even Christmas Eve revelations–but not all of the surprises will be pleasant.
My REVIEW: 4/5
This is the delightful prequel to Vaempires:Revolution (reviewed below) where we meet Daniel, his family, and Cassie, her family, on a Christmas vacation. The World as is pre-Vaempire revolution introduced as a post apocalyptic world, where vampires live with humans harmoniously, peace is established. Apart from those few who mutate into Vaempires who cannot drink the synthetic human blood replacement, who the world would seem to have ignored, who’s dietary requirements can only be met by Vampire blood.
Vaempires are stronger and faster than Vampires; mutations with extra thumbs who scientists are trying to help, regarding the converting the usual synthetic blood into something nutritionally sound for them. However they are not quick enough in their progress, hence the secret meeting a top scientist is having with the Royal family(Cassies folks). But the meeting doesn’t go to plan – and the revolution begins!
So in essence, this book introduces us to the political landscape, the post apocalyptic world, all of which matures in Revolution. It concentrates more so on how Daniel (our hero of Revolution) and Cassie’s (our Heroine of Revolution) relationship develops, how they love each other, and their back story.
We also get a glimpse of Daniel’s best friends and fellow guards, Ray and Linq (the hero’s of the fabulous final instalment).
In all, a great beginning. You can enjoy both of the following books, then read this, or read them all in sequence. IT doesn’t effect your enjoyment of any book. I read book two first, then book three, then this one. It was good to rediscover the love affair, to see the beginnings of it all. But it wasn’t strictly necessary. Read it because you just want more of this great trilogy. 🙂
The 2nd Book:Vaempires Revolution
It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
Action shot from the page from the inception and the race for Daniel – son of the head of the Royal Guard- to reach his Princess – Cassandra – was on. He took down all sorts of Vaempire cretins on his way through the streets of Orion; capital of the vampire territories and home to his sweetheart, Princess Cassandra. He even had time to save a few innocent civilians on his way.
Mr Winship managed to make me believe in the characters and the mutation of not only the vampires – post nuclear war, from eons before – but also in the more recent mutations of some vampires, into evil the much more powerful/even magical vaempires. As vile as they were, I pitied them because they had no control over becoming vaempires and no help with coping with their newly acquired, insatiable appetite for cold (vampire) blood. As there was no alternative nourishment (the vampires had synth blood, but no such replacements were found for vaempires as yet), I could understand why they felt a revolution of some sort necessary.
However, there seemed to be a connection between innate evil and becoming a vaempire, or at least as far as I could tell. This only really showed itself in shades, as the story developed.
Although I enjoyed the main characters: Daniel and Cassandra, they never really seemed like teenagers. I definitely wouldn’t call this a YA book or a book about teenagers and vampires.
Cassandra kicks ass and is not a weak and useless heroine, but experiences awful situations with seemingly no real torment. I found this odd, especially in one so apparently young and innocent. Although I realise as a vampire, her physical injuries began to heal as soon as received, which explains this, at least in part.
Daniel also becomes slightly less believable when he becomes a kind of rolling volcano, literally wiping out great groups of vicious and vengeful vaemps, along with a few other surprising creations, with apparent ease. This was especially surprising, as the vaemps were supposedly a super-strong, super-fast mutation of the average vamp. He did have help from a blood lust phase he encouraged, which left him vulnerable and depleted afterward, but that’s something can’t spoil for you with details here. But he’d done a lot of damage before he used any kind of strengthening`aids’ already. Fifteen? He seemed more like a combat veteran of thirty-plus throughout this story. But of course, what with his father’s military position, and his own military position, this would have necessitated lots of combat training. So what do I know?
A great read, a new and refreshing take on the vampire genre, a violent, action packed page-turner – and yes; there is a massive cliff hanger ready to drive you nuts!
The 3rd Vaempires Zombie Rising
The original post about this book, including the trailer and Chapter four (and links to the other chapters revealed throughout his tour) is here.
THE BOOK BLURB
The tale of The Evolutionary War resumes in Væmpires: Zombie Rising.Væmpires have taken control of twelve major cities. Their leader, Vielyn, seeks the atomic weapons that will bring the rest of the world to its knees.Vampire forces are reeling. As Linq and Ray race to the royal estate to rendezvous with Cassandra and Daniel, the princess is captured and Daniel falls.With the fate of world shifting to their teenage shoulders, Linqand Ray must deal with tremendous losses while battling a most unexpected—and undeadly—new foe.
My REVIEW 4.5/5
The third book in this exciting series is nothing short of riveting. In the second book we followed Daniel as the newly appointed leader of Vampire after a worldwide revolt by the Vaempires. He battles across the city of Orion in search of his friends and his lover and Princess, Cassandra. I enjoyed their relationship and missed it initially, when realising that this third instalment concentrates on on the lesser seen Linq and Ray, best friends of Daniel and warriors in their own right.
Linq and Ray make their way toward their friend’s Daniel and Cassie, who they believe to be alive and possibly in need of rescue at the royal palace, which has been over-run by Vaempires and their leaders. On their way, LOTS of action/fights/battles are fought and won. Thomas writes these scenes so well, and I know this because I find them so easy and enticing to read. I actually see the battles unfold in my mind… when fight scenes usually bore me into flicking through them. I also enjoyed the relationship between these two characters. We must continually remind ourselves that these are all teenagers when their maturity (they are fighting a world-wide battle largely alone) occasionally fails them and they flip into teen angst for a second, before realising and reforming in record time. Thomas was right to do this, otherwise they’d have seemed two rather than three-dimensional. And Thomas writes great characters.
It was also brilliant to find Cassie alive and well, although still in perilous danger. She still kicked serious Vaempire bootie and is always so quick-witted. Love her.
I will add here that as with the others, you could read this as a standalone book too. But why do that when there’s so much more to get your teeth into?
With the cliffhanger ending of this novella, as with Revolution, I can’t wait for the next instalment. All I will say is: Hurry up and write Thomas Winship! I so need to keep reading about the Evolutionary War.
The AUTHOR: Thomas Winship
Thomas Winship was born in Middletown, NY (USA) and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as an adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training. Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December. He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show. He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for a 2012 release.