By Michael Romkey
Fawcett Gold Medal, 433 pp, 1994
My first Romkey book was
I, Vampire, and I really liked it. I
wrote in that book review that I'd be reading the next book in the
series very soon.
Well, here we are, almost three years
later, and I've finally read the next book! I know, I know, I'm a bit of
a procrastinator, but what the hey.
I'm happy to report that this book is
just as good and enjoyable as the first one. David Parker returns as
does his mentor Mozart, who assigns David the task of hunting down and
killing a renegade murdering vampire.
The antagonist this time is not Jack the
Ripper but John Wilkes Booth. Like in the first book, David feels
overwhelmed by Booth's power and wonders why Mozart asked him to do
this. To add to the mix, Nicoletta Vittorini di Medusa, an ancient and
most powerful of vampires, shows up to aid Booth - or is it to help
As a history buff, I enjoy Romkey's use
of historical characters and the vampire organizations he's created.
It's a refreshingly original approach, though I maintain it's a bit too
close to Anne Rice at times, like when David quotes Keats and writes
compositions (a blend of Louis and Lestat).
But that's a minor point and just barely
worth mentioning. I will read the next book, The Vampire Princess, and I
promise it won't take another three years to do it.