Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Prophecy: Child of Light by Felicity Heaton

There is no love lost between vampires and humans, even if most humans don't know of the others existence.  The seven vampire families would happily take over the world, but for an ages old prophecy predicts that one will come who will change that outcome.   As a whole, they have been on the watch for she who would fulfil that rule.

Prophecy has grown up within her families secure compound and knows nothing of the vampire world outside her household.  One night she decides she's had enough and ventures out.  She literally runs into Valentine, a member of an opposing family.

First off, I have to say, that the cover image doesn't reflect the story line.  I would have preferred an image of Prophecy and Valentine dressed for the Ball.  The cover infers sexual content, but really its sexual yearnings.  Before they can form a relationship, both of them have to learn more about themselves.  They come from opposing families and relationships between families are outlawed.  They have to learn enough about themselves so they can overcome these ingrained prejudices.

My interpretation of Prophecy's amulet
I loved the detailed physical and place descriptions in this book, particularly of the unique amulet that Prophecy is given.  I could almost imagine myself running through the streets and across the bridges as they travelled through Venice.

Life long prejudices, dis-regard for the human race, and fierce loyalties are all strong themes in this story and are what make it worth reading.  I'm still not cognisant of the actual prophecy, but I think that is part of the story line, and that it will become clearer as story and Prophecy's understanding of her place within the vampires grows.

Thanks to author Felicity Heaton for use of the cover image.

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