Vampires of the Scarlet Order reads like it belongs alongside the offerings in the Penguin's Book of Vampire Stories. Right alongside the greats of classic vampire literature.
There are a few wonderful twists and turns in this book that I'll try not to give away. I'll just say what I really loved about this book. I love the diary-like entries that allow each character to tell their story from their POV. As one reads on, they see how each character is connected down the line and the awesome history that dates back earliest during the Spanish Inquisition gave the book a timeless feel especially with the amount of real life figures placed in the story.
I love that Summers gave each character their own personality along with their backgrounds. It really made them stand out from each other. Being a fan of books from vampires and 'others' POVs I loved seeing the world through ancient eyes throughout the ages.
One thing about this book is that it was also so original. The vampire mythos is tied to various cultural mythologies which explains their origins. Summers definitely takes the tried and true vampire lore and makes it his own. The vampires within are complex characters that may do bad things but one is sympathetic to their lives and the trials they go through which makes them shades of grey.
Vampires of the Scarlet Order is a horror novel, a sci-fi novel, a paranormal novel and a historical novel all rolled into one awesome read. I bought this in eBook but I'm definitely snapping this up in paperback format for my keeper shelf. Right next to my Anne Rice collection and my Penguin Vampire Stories classic anthology. :-)
If this wasn't published 4 years ago, this would definitely go on my Best of 2008 list. But alas, it'll probably go on my Best Reads of 2008 List. :-)
Vampires of the Scarlet Order by David Lee Summers is available now from LBF Books in eBook and Paperback.