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On the Soul 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. As noted in the Goodreads description, this is the first volume of a two-part prequel to the author's outstanding debut novel, On the Soul of a Vampire. As such, it fleshes out the year-old background to the events of the first book, answers questions that might be raised by it, and further develops the characters and the author's spiritual and psychological themes.
Theoretically, it could be read first, as it's chronologically first in terms of plot events; but I believe the reader's experi As noted in the Goodreads description, this is the first volume of a two-part prequel to the author's outstanding debut novel, On the Soul of a Vampire.
Theoretically, it could be read first, as it's chronologically first in terms of plot events; but I believe the reader's experience would be better, in terms of perspective in understanding the characters and situation, if the books are read in the order they were written. Without reading the first book, it would also be hard to understand the brief prologue and epilogue, both of which flash back directly to that book's ending.
Much of what I wrote in my review of the earlier book http: The same strongly positive features of the author's vision and style are markedly present; unlike some second-in-a series novels, this one doesn't disappoint! Our chronological scope here ranges from to ca. We meet some secondary characters from the first book and some new ones , but our central focus, again, is Valery and his story; and it's a dark story indeed, and played out against the grim backdrop of the tragic insanity of the Children's Crusade, the genocidal atrocities of the 13th-century "holy war" to exterminate the Catharist heresy, the horrors of the Black Death, and the bloody beginnings of the popular fear epidemic that would become the witch hysteria of the following centuries.
Keley doesn't wallow in gore for its own sake, and spares us a lot of grisly detail; but there are definitely some scenes of grisly-gory violence here that she has to include to tell her tale sometimes wrought by vampires, but the worst horrors here, as in real life, are the things human beings are capable of doing to other humans.
The outward events of the plot, though, only make up a part of the novel's content, which is why I don't think this series would translate well to dramatic adaptation; a filmed version would miss the interior reflections and the head games of some of the older vampires that add so much to the experience. This is very much a novel of serious and deep ideas, grappling with issues like theodicy, the existence of God, the nature of right and wrong, the status of human life, the possible extent of the grace and mercy of God. And they aren't just abstractions; they're questions wrenched up from the depths of Catholic-educated souls faced with the necessity of taking human life --and doing so fairly frequently-- to ensure their own continued existence.
True, one in this situation can sometimes make death a mercy killing of the terminally ill, or try to prey on the guilty rather than the innocent; but the latter option is more problematic when, in the moment of death, you know the victim's whole mind and soul and all its possibly extenuating handicaps and circumstances, and when you question how you can distinguish the hopelessly evil from those who might, given time, come to repent. An option the author doesn't dwell on, but which is constantly in the mind of the reader and no doubt of the characters is passive suicide by self-starvation; but the natural instinct for self-preservation resists this.
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For beings raised as Catholics, too, even passive suicide may well raise a mental block as "unforgiveable sin. Even though they're deadly killers albeit reluctant ones they're not out-and-out evil; they hurt inside for their victims, and hate what they have to do. My recommendation to any of them I think --though it's hard to know what you'd say to someone in that situation face-to-face would still be self-starvation; but when you know them the way Keley makes you know them, it's impossible to make that recommendation casually or glibly.
One caveat that's worth mentioning here: Apparently, the medieval culture in which they were raised did not clearly view this sort of thing as the kind of kinky perversion that it actually is Valery mentions in passing that when his parents were married, his mother was 11 and his father, I believe, 28!!! It would be for me, too; but it's a tribute to Keley's skill as a writer that she eases you over this without making it a deal-breaker for the book!
This series is one that I predict will stand the test of time as a serious, significant contribution to the tradition of vampire fiction. I'm glad to have the privilege of being among the first readers; and I'm looking forward eagerly to the continuation of this prequel!
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But at a terrible price. Traveling both alone and with Lukios, he searches desperately for meaning in what has happened to him. And because he must, he learns to kill. There is a richness to the language here that evokes just the right tone and conveys both the time period in which the book is set and the passage of time--of centuries unfolding.
Keley can tell a story. In spite of it all, you sense the potential for great good in him. Keley somehow manages to infuse her vampire death scenes with beauty and love love of the vampire for his victim and vice versa. I highly recommend this book. Author Krisi Keley does a fantastic job of presenting the back story of principal character, Valery Castellane. A riveting vampire chronicle unlike any undead tale I have ever read, Keley takes the reader through a tumultuous timeline, injecting her story with a lethal dose of history- reaching as far back as the Children's Crusade of Fans of epic fiction will devour this, along with those yearning for an unparalleled taste of the undead.
The fangs sink deeply This is the second installment of the On the Soul series and is a prequel to On the Soul of a Vampire. Four years later after being nearly beaten to death he is save This is the second installment of the On the Soul series and is a prequel to On the Soul of a Vampire. Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? Send us a new image. Is this product missing categories?
Checkout Your Cart Price. Description Details Customer Reviews For eight hundred years, Valery Castellane has known only one kind of light - the light in those human beings he's had to kill so he might live. Volume 1 of 2 each volume is a full-length novel Pro Luce Habere is Book 2 in the On the Soul Series but, as a stand-alone prequel, its two volumes can be read before Book 1, "On the Soul of a Vampire.
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Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart. May Your Blood ever flow in the veins of our souls! Sun of our hearts, You give life by the rays of Your goodness. I will not go until Your Heart has strengthened me, Lord Jesus. May the Heart of Jesus be the King of our hearts. The True Bread from Heaven. Corpus Christi Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity I shall praise the Savior's glory, of His flesh the mystery sing, and the blood, all price excelling, shed by our immortal King; God made man for our salvation, Who from virgin pure did spring.
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