Alisa is the last vampire and has a voice like honey. Even reading her story I felt myself sucked in and reluctant to put the book down at all. Almost effortlessly Christopher Pike has created an anti-hero that you root for. From the opening pages we follow Alisa as she kills a detective brutally for simply knowing too much about her finances and realises someone is tracking her. She never apologies for the violence she does – simply accepts it as part of her nature. Yet she does have feelings and passions – the way she quickly takes to Seymor and Ray demonstrates that she isn’t above friendship and love. At the same time she views humanity from a distance – five thousand years is a long time to distant yourself from your beginnings.
Less than two hundred pages but you get your money’s worth with romance, action, history and different take on the vampire legend – here coming from India. I gobbled it up and will be starting on the second book Black Blood as soon as possible. It was a melodic read with the words flowing off the page to create a unique twist on vampires. Even more impressive it was written long before the current Twilight fascination.