On the Soul of a Vampire

On the Soul of a Vampire

by Krisi Keley

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Overview

For some it takes a lifetime to discover their raison d'être. Imagine searching for eight centuries. In 1997 Philadelphia, 800 year old vampire Valéry Castellane comes face to face with his reason to be, in the person of Angelina Lacroix, a young mortal woman whose understanding of immortality is about to change all he's known as truth and which will take him, and his readers, on a journey into the human soul. Discovering a mortal who not only senses his presence, but also somehow knows his name, Valéry becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of how this might be. Confronting the girl, after learning she has knowledge of his entire existence, he is stunned and frustrated when Angelina seems more intent on convincing him that he's not the soulless monster of myth than she is with providing an explanation. Unable to take her life or give her immortality, Valéry embarks on a journey with Angelina that doesn't only take them from Philadelphia to his childhood home in the Provençal Alps, but on a journey into his greatest hopes and dreams, fears and disappointments, and into the strange and frightening past that shaped him. A novel about faltering faith and never-ending hope, On the Soul of a Vampire will not only alter everything you think you know about vampires, it will change the way you see your very soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451509281
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2010
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Krisi Keley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now lives in Chester County with her family and eight dogs. "On the Soul of a Vampire" is her first novel and is Book One in a planned series. A writer and artist with a degree in Theology and education in foreign and classical languages, she has always been intrigued with supernatural, paranormal and horror fiction and how these myths try to answer humankind's questions about the spiritual, good vs. evil and the nature of man. She is presently working on Books Two and Three of the series, in which she hopes to share more new theories about both vampires and the human soul.

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On the Soul of a Vampire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KimvA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story begins with Valéry an 800 year old vampire who notices a young woman named Angelina. He's immediately drawn to her. Valéry tries to figure out his infatuation with her from a safe distance. We learn that these two already have a connection. Angelina knows what and who Valéry is, she has had dreams of a time long ago in which she never lived and the things she dreams about are of a life she couldn't possibly know, Valéry's life. This only makes Valéry more intrigued by her and he wants answers. How does she know all these things?The chemistry between Valéry and Angelina is wonderful. Valéry is keeping himself in check when he's around her not wanting to hurt her but he also gets pretty annoyed and angry when Angelina is being quite cryptically because he wants answers and she just gives him riddles. At the end of this novel all the puzzle pieces fall into place and you get these answers questioned. This is not your typical vampire novel. Theology came to my mind when I read this novel. It makes you think. But not just for Valéry but the things described in this novel makes you think about different aspects of life, love and believe. Keley's writing is great, the story gripped me from beginning to end I was just as annoyed and frustrated at times as Valéry was with Angelina. And I love that, I want to feel the same way as the characters are feeling. I'm looking forward to reading more by Krisi Keley.
Ezinwanyi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you want a fun and easy read, this is NOT it. I was expecting a fun and simple entertaiment kind of vampire romance novel, but this book was not any of that. This book will make you ¿think¿ more than it will make you ¿feel¿. It was complex novel that dealt more with a vampire¿s struggle to understand his existence and moral/ethical dilemma of his nature as a predator.I have to admit that I had a really hard time getting into this book. I was well over page 100 before I started to somewhat like the book. This came about as we got to know more about Angelina and her connection to Valery. It was still a slow read. I thought the author did a good job with keeping Valery an enigma because I felt sorry for him, but then I didn¿t. He wanted redemption, but he didn¿t. He wasn¿t an ideal hero because he wasn¿t even trying to be good. The book was full of spiritual messages and to see Valery struggling to make sense of it was interesting. I kept waiting to feel that passion and love that I associate with PNR, but I came to realize that isn¿t that kind of book. So if you are looking for that erotic love/romance and a happy ending, this won¿t satisfy that itch. But if you are looking to analyze how a vampire would feel, how he views the world after 800 years, how he views himself in relation to the good v. evil debate, then this book is for you.
ellenmaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***this review does NOT contain spoilers**I will post a separate review for Amazon, I just want to get some thoughts down about this terrific novel tonight while it is still fresh in my mind. I read it in one day and I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to.I give this book a zillion stars. If you could only see the smile on my face. I read a LOT of books, and this one moved me at a cellular level.I want to be coherent and useful in my review so let me just say that 1) it is the very best vampire perspective I have ever read. Think a PG-rated "Anne Rice" to the 10th power, with a compassion and spiritual insight that Mrs. Rice didn't have in her vampire chronicles... 2) it is written flawlessly, yes, I could find no flaws... so much so, that to my writing friends -- this book should be required reading for all vampire writers. I'm not kidding. 2) Krisi's voice and style touches me very deeply, and draws me right into the story. I was lost in the story today and as you can tell by my gushing, I have barely crawled out an hour after finishing it.So there you are. I bared my soul to you.WARNING -- this is not a trite, cliche'-d book...no, sir. It means something...I hope it moves you too!
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
On the Soul of a Vampire by Krisi Keley was not at all what I expected. It is a deeply emotional and introspective look at one ‘man’s’ search for meaning in life. (Or in this case, one ‘vampire’.) Written primarily in first person from the point of view of Valery Castellene, a vampire of some 800 years, we see and feel his inner pain as he struggles with his existence. Convinced that he is evil incarnate, yet still subconsciously wishing to be good, Valery’s emotional conflict is the center of this novel. One would think that after that many centuries little could surprise, but even Valery is taken aback when he meets a young mortal woman named Angelina Lacroix. In her he senses sublime goodness and beauty; her very presence brings him to the brink of self control and back again. But even more alarming is the fact that she can sense his presence even when she can’t see him. She knows him by name and seems to know every detail about his existence, both past and present. As the book progresses, Valery is more and more frustrated by his need to find out the truth about this girl, struggling with his overwhelming desire to take her life and his need to protect her at all costs. Woven throughout are flashbacks to Valery’s past which further develop the complexity of his character and the struggles he now faces. Lest the description so far sound somewhat like another familiar vampire saga, let me assure you that it is not remotely similar. In fact, it isn’t even really a love story in the typical sense. Yes, there are deep emotional passages, but the real crux of the story is about self discovery, forgiveness and hope. The author writes with eloquence and sophistication, in a tone that is reminiscent of an older, more classical style. This fits well with the story since it is primarily told by Valery himself, and he is, after all, 800 years old. Let me reiterate that this was a very well written book, with complex characters, subtle plot twists, and a strong focus on examining man’s innate capacity for both good and evil. It is also written from a Biblical world view, and tries to (quite successfully I might add) point to a higher grace which is above even the most heinous of sins, although I would not recommend using it as a doctrinal reference. Sometimes the inner musings seemed a bit drawn out, however. I felt at times like a certain point had already been hashed over quite thoroughly and then it would reappear subsequent times. As well, I was sometimes frustrated by the use of foreign languages in the text (usually French) which were often quite lengthy and which forced me to consult the appendix for an explanation. Aside from that, On the Soul of a Vampire is worth consideration simply because of its uniqueness. As a book with a Christian bent it stands out as totally fearless, especially in its choice of protagonist and his portrayal. From a secular view, it is also unique in its genre since there contains such a profound message of hope not usually found in a novel about vampires. I recommend this book for those who are looking for a meatier read. (No pun intended.) Read it if you dare.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Over the span of an 800-year lifetime, Valéry Castellane searches - in vain - for the deeper meaning behind his lonely existence; little does he know, he will finally find it in late 20th Century Philadelphia, in the form of young Angelina Lacroix. Much to Valéry's surprise, not only does Angelina know exactly who and what he is - she both loves and accepts him, despite it all. Initially struggling to come to grips with such a confounding paradox, Valéry nonetheless joins Angelina on what becomes a quite enriching spiritual journey, ultimately uncovering essential, long-hidden truths about his past... On The Soul Of A Vampire is a heartrending, surprisingly enlightening tale. Through vivid, richly defined characters and a compelling central plotline, author Krisi Keley invokes readers to explore the unfettered depths of their own hearts and minds as they witness Valéry's transformative metamorphosis unfold. Touching on a host of universal truths, including the importance of faith, hope, and forgiveness, On The Soul Of A Vampire successfully challenges the common preconceived notions that many of us still carry regarding vampires and their storied lore. As such, it stands as a solid, welcome counterbalance to the overhyped vampiric fluff currently celebrated all throughout pop culture An enriching, thoroughly rewarding read. Renee Washburn Apex Reviews
ellenmaze More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I pick up a "vampire novel" and find something new, and with On the Soul of a Vampire, this is exactly what happened. Using the vampire's point of view to tell the majority of the story, author Krisi Keley tapped something deep, satisfying, and spiritually powerful. The book opens with the centuries-old vampire, Valery, taking notice of a young woman who simultaneously draws and repels him. Immediately, the reader knows that there is something special about this girl, and as the vampire works to understand his infatuation with her from a safe distance, the suspense is killer as we wait for the two to meet. We learn that the girl, Angelina, has a curious past; memories of centuries she never lived in, and of people and places she could not have possibly known. By the time Valery accidentally exposes himself to Angelina and then approaches her, we are desperate to know the true connection between these two. I think that is the main mystery to this book-who is Angelina to Valery? I will not even come close to ruining the surprise for you, but trust me, the revelation of who these two are was completely satisfying. In addition to Valery, we are also allowed access to Michel's POV, Valery's younger proselyte. His sensitivity is utterly different from that of his maker, and peeking into his mental processes was pure joy. It is my belief that every reader will find his or herself in one of these main three characters: you will identify with one and that connection will take you on a ride you'll want to experience repeatedly, even when the novel comes to a conclusion. Keley is planning a sequel, so here I wait, licking my lips and expecting great things. Lastly, this book can be called "Christian Horror," a term often applied to my own vampire novels. It contains all of the elements necessary for a best-selling gothic horror tale with the added bonus of "making sense" to the biblically-minded. "This could really happen" fits this novel well, and I had a wonderful time imagining it was real. Do you have to be a religious person to appreciate and enjoy it? Definitely not. I have never seen a smoother, softer, more delicate use of biblical ideas in a novel. In fact, this book is the opposite of what the general public thinks Christian novels are; it is never preachy or obvious in any way, but utilizes a simple, quiet undertone of spiritual elements that add richness and a 3-dimensional quality to the characters. Read it, believe it, experience the life of a vampire like you never have before. Recommended. 5-stars. Ellen C. Maze Bestselling author of "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider" and "The Judging"
Ezinwanyi More than 1 year ago
If you want a fun and easy read, this is NOT it. I was expecting a fun and simple entertaiment kind of vampire romance novel, but this book was not any of that. This book will make you "think" more than it will make you "feel". It was complex novel that dealt more with a vampire's struggle to understand his existence and moral/ethical dilemma of his nature as a predator. I have to admit that I had a really hard time getting into this book. I was well over page 100 before I started to somewhat like the book. This came about as we got to know more about Angelina and her connection to Valery. It was still a slow read. I thought the author did a good job with keeping Valery an enigma because I felt sorry for him, but then I didn't. He wanted redemption, but he didn't. He wasn't an ideal hero because he wasn't even trying to be good. The book was full of spiritual messages and to see Valery struggling to make sense of it was interesting. I kept waiting to feel that passion and love that I associate with PNR, but I came to realize that isn't that kind of book. So if you are looking for that erotic love/romance and a happy ending, this won't satisfy that itch. But if you are looking to analyze how a vampire would feel, how he views the world after 800 years, how he views himself in relation to the good v. evil debate, then this book is for you.
enchant75 More than 1 year ago
As you ease into the first part of the novel, you are introduced to a vampire, Valery, who seems to only feed on those who commit crimes or who are bad for society in some way or another. He has sired another vampire who plagues and annoys him which gives the story other viewpoints. You are given some of Valery's history via flashbacks which are very well done and are visually enticing; the imagery her descriptions provoke is just incredible. One would think, ok, fine, sounds like a good vampire story. Sure, but there is so much more here. There is an intriguing twist (undisclosed to avoid spoilers) that I have not seen in any novel I have previously read. The author wrapped me around in the plot and compelled me to proceed with a fevered rush through the pages to see what happened next. As the story moves into the second part, you soon find out more about both his sire and, of course, the wondrous girl who is unlike anyone Valery has met before. Why can he just not take her life giving blood like so many others and be done with it and forget her? What is so special about her? What is the power she has over him? Just wait until you find out what the author has in store for you! Her well thought and intricately planned ideas are fresh and exciting. The final section of the novel brings all the forces together into a reveal and solution which complete the story, satisfy the reader, and form a stunning conclusion to this first novel by Krisi Keley. "On the Soul of a Vampire" is unlike any vampire novel I have ever read. I can't wait to read more about Valery and his journey in the next parts of the trilogy.