A Vampire’s Tale: The Sea of Time by Edward Giambolvo is an ambitious piece of vampire lit that spans centuries and brings a little bit of the modern upper-middle class rat race face to face with the mystery and intrigue of a world not unlike the one crafted by Anne Rice. This is a book that should appeal most to dedicated fans of literary vampire fiction, but that most readers will be able to enjoy. The narrative is complex, and there is a large cast of characters that help propel the story to a dramatic conclusion.
The most intriguing parts of the novel revolve around Juliette, daughter of a blacksmith and the vampire referred to in the title. Her journey begins with her baptism on August 18th, 1778. The second main character is John, is a family man in the modern era whose seemingly normal life becomes a lot more interesting when he eventually meets up with Juliette. The remaining cast of characters is large and likable, and readers will surely find the world relatable and authentic even with the fantasy elements.
There is witty dialogue, action sequences, romance and intrigue. This is a book that takes the reader on an adventure into the surreal while anchoring them in a believable world. It would be impossible to talk about the ending without spoiling it, but suffice it to say that the characters have appropriate resolution and while a sequel is possible, the ending certainly suggests a finality to some of the characters’ story lines. The book is well-edited and the author has the skills required to craft a complex world full of dynamic and interesting (if not morose) characters like this one. While I wouldn’t recommend this book for children, I feel like this book is more than worthy of being included in Awesome Indies, and give it 5 stars.