You might remember a little over a year ago when I reviewed–very favorably–Page Zaplendam’s Order of the Blood. I encourage you to click over and read my first review, which also includes an interview with the author.
I enjoyed this far from typical vampire novel very much and so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of the sequel, The Egyptian Elixir. I was provided with a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
From the book jacket: When John Grissom and Van Helsing find themselves witnesses to an assassination attempt on the Marquis of Wellesley, they discover London’s most notorious purveyor of stolen goods at the bottom of it. But his ability to influence people is odd to say the least. The vampire and the hunter investigate, but the Egyptian elixir may prove the undoing of them both.
John Grissom is a Catholic, and doctor, and a gentleman, who also happens to be a vampire. Van Helsing (not THAT one, but rather his ancestor) is a vampire hunter. They form an unlikely crime-fighting duo in Regency-era England. Throw in some English aristocrats, a dimwitted giant, and a mysterious Egyptian pharmacist and you’ve got a fast-moving and engaging tale.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that what I enjoyed the most about this installment of the Unofficial Chronicles was the budding friendship between Van Helsing and Grissom. Henrietta Isherwood, Grissom’s erstwhile assistant and potential love interest, is physically absent from this installment but obviously remains on Grissom’s mind. She returns in the next book but her absence here allows the author to focus on the “bromance,” a good choice for this volume.
Now THIS is exciting. To celebrate the release of the new book, you can get a free Kindle edition of Order of the Blood right here. After you read it I promise you will want to buy the new book, which is available at a very reasonable price here.
If you want to learn more about Page’s work, and keep an eye out for her future stories (hint: there’s another book coming soon!), you can find her website here.