Rebel Vampires Volume 2: Blood Shackles

Rebel Vampires Volume 2
November 1, 2016
Votes: 0
GenreFantasy
Audience Adult
Word Count 80-100k (average)

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Cover design by JD Smith
Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP
Reviewed at SLH Reviews
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Distributed by Amazon
Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

The Rundown

Blood Shackles is the second book in the Rebel Vampires series. Book One, Blood Dragons, introduced us to the quirky and likeable character of Light, a delightfully British vampire. Like the first book, Blood Shackles is narrated by Light, who is writing his journal and divulging his deepest, darkest thoughts and emotions. In book one, he was addressing Kathy, the human love of his life, as she lay dying, ravaged by old age and dementia. Things are rather different in Blood Shackles, as Light’s journal is addressed to Grayse, his owner. For Light, is now a vampire slave. He’s been bought and sold by the underground Blood Club. In the first few chapters Light explains via the journal how he was captured, as well as how he is adjusting to life as a prisoner. Interestingly, there is already a flicker of attraction between Light and Grayse, who, fortunately for Light, is nothing like her monstrous father and sister. She runs the financial side of things but has agreed to keep a vampire slave herself in order to learn more about them. As Light fulfils his duties, in return she gives him things he wants, such as a leather jacket and a new motorbike. She slowly enables him to feel like Light again, and her equal. At the same time, he writes the diary, detailing the horrific abuse and ‘training’ he received prior to becoming her slave. As Grayse becomes increasingly shocked and horrified about the treatment of the vampires, she and Light devise a plan to release two of Light’s friends and take their revenge on the Blood Club. In many ways, this is a far darker and more uncomfortable read than the first book. There are frequent scenes of torture, and sexual abuse and humiliation as Light is forced to relive his training. I found the protagonist to be a more diminished character in this book, due to his ordeals, but I still liked him immensely. It took me longer to warm to Grayse. Although it was obvious from the start she had no idea what cruelty was inflicted on the slaves, it still took me some time to see her as a real person. As with the first book, I appreciated the way the story was told, through Light’s words and offerings to his journal. Although it makes uncomfortable reading at times, it is a true page turner which keeps you guessing. The ending and the dramatic rescue and escape scenes were breathtaking. A shocking book and not for the faint hearted, but one I would recommend to fans of the vampire genre, as well as anyone looking for a unique take on the vampire story, with a truly likeable protagonist-narrator.


The Recommendation

Light is a British vampire, who has been captured by the ruthless Blood Club, an underground society who deal in vampires, training and selling them as slaves for the rich. Defanged and ‘trained’ into a life of subservience to his new ‘owner’ Grayse, Light feels a long way from the rebel he once was. From the start though, he realises that Grayse, whose father owns the Blood Club, is not like her family her at all. An attraction grows, family bonds are tested, and as Light writes his diary to Grayse, detailing the horrendous abuse he has suffered, the two of them devise a daring plot of rescue and revenge. A shocking and at times uncomfortable read, this dark book leads us deeper into the world of vampires and their enemies, and sets the story up for book three.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book did exactly what it set out to do, with originality, style, and maybe even a twist. It stands out next to popular, traditionally published novels in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization, Dialogue, Emotional, Page Turner, Strong World-Building
Cons: Extreme Violence

The Reviewer

Chantelle Atkins

Chantelle Atkins is a mother of four from Dorset, England. She is addicted to both music and books and is currently on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She has self-published four novels and has just released her first short story collection. She writes for both the YA and adult genres. When she’s not writing books, she’s busy running her writing business Chasing Driftwood, which delivers creative writing clubs and workshops to local children and adults. She also writes regular articles about writing for Author’s Publish magazine, as well as short pieces for a local parenting magazine.

 

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Author’s Summary

When your whole species is enslaved – and it’s the humans who are acting like the monsters – how far would you go to free your family?

In a divided paranormal London, Light is the bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world. Since Victorian times he’s hidden in the shadows. But not now. When he’s bought by his Mistress, Light fights to escape. If he doesn’t, he’ll never solve the conspiracy behind the Blood Club.

WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB

Who are these ruthless humans? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?

 WHERE THE PREDATORS

London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the slaver’s daughter. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?

 BECOME THE PREY

A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. To the dark heart of the Blood Club. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.

Short Description

It’s a dangerous game to love your slave. When your whole species is enslaved – and it’s the humans who are acting like the monsters – how far would you go to free your family?

Catchphrase

WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB: WHERE THE PREDATORS BECOME THE PREY.

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