The Golden

The Golden

by Lucius Shepard
     
 

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In the mid-nineteenth century, vampires gather at Castle Banat, one of their most sprawling and ancient warrens. Their five-hundred-year breeding project has produced the Golden, and they've come to savor her perfect blood in a ceremony that will incidentally make her a member of their family. When the girl is found murdered, the clan's shadowy patriarch calls on the… See more details below

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In the mid-nineteenth century, vampires gather at Castle Banat, one of their most sprawling and ancient warrens. Their five-hundred-year breeding project has produced the Golden, and they've come to savor her perfect blood in a ceremony that will incidentally make her a member of their family. When the girl is found murdered, the clan's shadowy patriarch calls on the detective Michel Beheim to solve the crime. But Michel has been a vampire for only a short while, and though he was a talented investigator among mortals, he is ill-prepared for the task. Soon he is fighting to survive the bizarre terrors of the labyrinthine castle and the schemes of vampires who guard a secret that may forever alter the world of the undead.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nebula and World Fantasy award winner Shepard ( Kalimantan, The Ends of the Earth ) here enters the current vampire novel sweepstakes, breathing new life into some shopworn conventions with flowing, seductive prose and lush imagery. Young vampire Michel Beheim comes to the Castle Banat in Eastern Europe with his mentor, Lord Roland Agenor, for the ritual Decanting, at which the extended vampire Family will share in the rare blood of the specially bred victim called the Golden. But when the Golden is brutally murdered before the event, Agenor puts Beheim, once chief of detectives for the Paris police, in charge of the investigation. Soon the young vampire is embroiled in family intrigues and facing the fearsome Patriarch of the vampires himself. Beheim's investigation becomes an odyssey of personal growth as he confronts his vampire nature with all its internal conflicts, including his uncertain feelings for his human servant, Giselle, and his growing love for a lovely vampire, Lady Alexandra Conforti, whom he cannot bring himself to trust. Shepard adds a wild, phantasmagoric element to his vampire lore through the sprawling mystery of Castle Banat, and through his focus on vampires interacting among themselves rather than roaming the world of mortals as do the caped counts and modern nightclub stalkers who crowd most nosferatu novels. (Feb.)
PARSEC
Few works of vampire fiction refresh their exhausted, clich�d subject. But THE GOLDEN imparts vibrant energy to the old corpse, more even than Brian Stableford did in THE EMPIRE OF FEAR (1988) or Suzy McKee Charnas in THE VAMPIRE TAPESTRY (1979). THE GOLDEN is, however implausibly, an original vampire novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930846388
Publisher:
Golden Gryphon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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