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This is My Blood
     

This is My Blood

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by David Niall Wilson
 

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First published in 1999, This is My Blood is David Niall Wilson’s first and most important novel. It is a retelling of the gospel from a very different perspective. When jesus goes into the desert and is tempted by the devil, there is one temptation added. One of the fallen is raised as a woman to tempt him with the flesh. Instead, the woman, named Mary, falls in love

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First published in 1999, This is My Blood is David Niall Wilson’s first and most important novel. It is a retelling of the gospel from a very different perspective. When jesus goes into the desert and is tempted by the devil, there is one temptation added. One of the fallen is raised as a woman to tempt him with the flesh. Instead, the woman, named Mary, falls in love with Jesus and his promise of returning her to Heaven.

Cursed to follow him and drink the blood of his followers, Mary walks a fine line between her desire to love and support the Christ, and her burning need to return to Heaven. This novel takes the world of faith, which was the world of men, and of the apostles, and shows it through the eyes of a fallen angel – one who has, in her own words, walked the roads of both Heaven, and Hell. She doesn’t believe there is a God…she knows.

Faithful to the storyline of the original gospels, only weaving in new things when there are gaps in the old, this is a novel of faith, redemption, and ultimate sacrifice.

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Gothic.net - Mehitobel Wilson
What we have here is a sly, quiet, deftly manipulated novel in which the concept of the vampire (Mary Magdalene) is a device, a vehicle, rather than the thematic core. Faith, sacrifice, and devotion make up the true meat of the story, and I don't mean Christian faith, despite the setting. Rather, it is faith in one's own strength, and oddly, faith in one's own faith itself.
Publisher's Weekly - Staff Reviewer
"Wilson's prose is smooth and powerful, carrying its allegorical weight with grace. His first novel is one of the most unique vampire stories to appear in recent years, balancing themes of damnation and prophesy against those of faith and redemption."
Mehitobel Wilson
What we have here is a sly, quiet, deftly manipulated novel in which the concept of the vampire (Mary Magdalene) is a device, a vehicle, rather than the thematic core. Faith, sacrifice, and devotion make up the true meat of the story, and I don't mean Christian faith, despite the setting. Rather, it is faith in one's own strength, and oddly, faith in one's own faith itself.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011872853
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
12/03/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
312 KB

Meet the Author

David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer's Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, and Vintage Soul – Book One of the DeChance Chronicles. The Stargate Atlantis novel “Brimstone,” written with Patricia Lee Macomber is his most recent. He has over 150 short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and five collections, the most recent of which were "Defining Moments" published in 2007 by WFC Award winning Sarob Press, and the currently available “Ennui & Other States of Madness,” from Dark Regions Press. His work has appeared in and is due out in various anthologies and magazines. David lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber in the historic William R. White House in Hertford, NC with their children, Billy, Zach, Zane, and Katie, and occasionally their genius college daughter Stephanie.

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This is My Blood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book. It tells the last days of Christ on earth from the viewpoint of Mary Magdalene who is...not human (no spoiler here). There is a central premise which is both brilliant and executed amazingly well. The insights into the character of Jesus and his apostles is extremely well written. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What struck me most about This My Blood was the tone, solemn and classical, as if unraveled from an ancient scroll dug up, dusted off, and given a fresh translation. Magdalene surfaces like a line etching, mythic in form and origin, her flesh gradually emerging from the haunted wind. Her voice is sober and reverently poetic as she walks in question of herself, then in witness of Christ’s passion and the ironic roles of Peter and Judas. This old tale given new flesh and blood not only entertains but leaves food for thought. And those who still take communion may sense old foundations begin to shift amidst the desert sands.