Bullied his entire life, orphaned university graduate, Gabriel Harper, is bitten by a Royal vampire moments before sunrise, transforming him over the course of six terrible and exhilarating nights into a hybrid—human by day, vampire by night.
Just as he learns to come to grips with what he has become, the Silver Legion—a covert, vampire-hunting organisation—kidnap him and his three friends, forcing them to join their clandestine crusade; however, they remain unaware of Gabriel’s nature until it is too late.
Each choice made sets in motion a turn of devastating events—from love-triangles and fratricide, lust and betrayal, broken dreams and the thirst for power, vengeance and the spilling of blood defines victory.
A Change Of Heart is set primarily in the fictional City of Penance; interweaving the lives of Legionnaires, humans and vampires in the course of a year.
About the Author
Mark Benjamin is the author of two books - one, in an adult urban fantasy series, The Royal Blood Chronicles; and the second, a short story. Devouring all books he could get his hands on from an early age, he managed to ruin his eyesight by reading (when he should have been asleep) under his bedcovers with a torch (video games had no say in his bad eyesight...okay, maybe a little). His love of books translated to a passion for writing, which he began aged ten (he still has his first juvenile novel to this day). Currently working for a national bank, his dream job is to be a full-time author, a path he fully took when he sent a sample of his work to a ten-week introductory fiction course funded by an American foundation and conducted worldwide in 2010. Out of the 15 available slots, one was his out of hundreds of thousands of applicants (okay, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it was advertised in the national dailies). When not writing his third book or planning literary world domination, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, entertaining his under one-year old daughter, playing on his Playstation (AnnA) and reading (obviously).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gabriel wanted to live his life in peace. He didn’t wish for fame or riches. He just wanted peace; from his drunken abusive uncle for his aunt, from cruel bullies at university and from his heartsickness over his unrequited love for his close friend- Rachel. But, one fateful meeting with a dying vampire changes everything. Gabriel’s destiny is rushing up to catch up with him even if he wasn’t ready for it. Okay, warnings first: • If you don’t like reading violence and savagery with a pinch of sadism, back off now. • If you’re tired of reading about extrordinarily beautiful, exceedingly superhuman vampires, this is not for you. • Also, this is a book of 600 pages. So, check your patience before you pick it up. Now, my checklist does include the first two. So, personally, I was glad when the book ended. Mark Benjamin writes with a shifting point of view. The problem is that the POV can shift to anybody, however small the character, at any point of time. Also, since we cover the same event from different POVs, the story takes a long time to move from plot point to plot point. Hence, the 600 pages. Another issue with this is that most the voices sound the same- the males are mostly testosterone-driven, violent, cocky idiots and the girls, well, they aren’t given much page time, so, they are all exceedingly beautiful. And that’s it. Now, the girls aren’t even central characters, so, I shouldn’t be bothered by this. But, unrequited love is the single-most, commonest and direst motivation fueling most of the scheming men in the story and I wish I understood just what made these girls so special, instead of just being told that they’re very beautiful. Another annoyance I had with the book, and this sort of a pet-peeve for me, is the rapid change in Gabriel. But, that is probably just me, because I’m not into current mainstream vampirism. But, don’t be turned away from the book because of these things. The story has meat (or blood, should I say). The characters are presented from both the vampire and humans ends of the spectrum and this makes them so real that you’ll be wondering about whom you should root for till the end. And since this is only the first part of the series, your question is not going to be answered. The world-building is quite comprehensive and that, I thoroughly enjoyed. The heirarchies, the rules are delivered to us in piecemeal throughout the story rather than as an info-dump. The merging of the modern world of Gabriel and his friends with the ancient one of vampires is also seamlessly achieved. BOTTOMLINE: Overall, if you’re into vampire lore and fantasy with action genre, then you’ll like this book. It caters to most current trends in vampire fantasy while avoiding the melodramatic pitfalls of young-adult fiction. So, I suggest that you read the blurb on the cover, maybe try the first two chapters if you’re still doubtful and then, go for it. Happy Reading!
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite A Change of Heart by Mark Benjamin follows the story of Gabriel as he finds his way into the midst of a vampire war. The humans hate the vampires. The vampires have an internal fight for power. Gabriel just wants to get home without bullies beating him up, or dealing with his drunk of an uncle. His plan in life is to graduate and get a good job so he can help out his aunt. When he finds a dying man in the alley, he chooses to hide him from bullies. Turns out the man wasn't human. The vampire turns him, thinking he's the one from his Vision, but dies before Gabriel can understand the transformation he's to endure. That's when his life changed. Arthur wants to kill Lucas. Darius wants to kill his siblings. Everyone has an agenda. The humans want the vampires dead, and the vampires have a power struggle. Poor Gabriel is just thrown into this world by being in the wrong alley. A Change of Heart has an interesting literary structure, with various scenes from a different character's perspective. Mark Benjamin handles the structure well, allowing insight to a character to be gained with each scene. Gabriel's voice is the biggest, but having voices like Rachel and Peter, it allows one to garner sympathy for characters who may not have been seen otherwise. It helps that's done in third person, so it's easy to follow what's happening with the human (Knights) side, and the vampire side, and then with Gabriel and his friends. A Change of Heart is a literary approach to vampires, taking several viewpoints to create one story, like a puzzle coming together. Perfect for lovers of vampires looking for something new.
A Change Of Heart by Mark Benjamin is a different take on vampires living among us. It kind of reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino film meets the Underworld movies (just without the werewolves). Mr. Benjamin’s writing for this book is totally different from most of the other authors I read. This book was good and I felt bad for the main character, Gabriel, or at least I hope he is the main kind of hard to tell. The one downside is that the author writes it in a way that made me have to take notes on the character he was focusing on for that chapter. I’m guessing at traditional role the character were. What drew me in for this book was the interesting plot that the book has. I still think the main idea is good. I am sadly giving this book a three butterfly rating, as it didn't live up to my expectations. Anyways until the next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUTHOR ASKED ME TO READ AND GIVE AN HONEST REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK! To read more of my reviews please visit my site: baronessbooktrove.com