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Set in a huge gothic castle, so big it has its own weather systems, comes this tale of vampires. Based on a centennial meeting where all the clans visit Castle Banat, to discuss their future, and to partake of the blood of the 'Golden'. The Golden is a human, whose bloodline has been carefully bred to be the most pure, and intoxicating. Her blood is to be consumed at a special feast. Visiting for the first time is Beheim. A newly turned vampire, he was the scourge of Parisian criminals whilst alive as head of the police force. Now, still coming to terms with his own vampirism, he is thrust into the awful spotlight, as the day before the feast of the Golden, the Golden herself is butchered, seemingly by one of his own kind. With clan power struggles around him, he must interrogate all and identify the murderer, bringing them to justice in front of the Patriarch, a shadowy ruler, who controls all of the clans, as lord of Castle Banat. This is one of the most enjoyable Vampire-genre books I have ever read. Lucius Shephard manages to combine all of the best of the genre with an excellent sleuth plot, making the story run at a fast, but not frantic pace. The main character is far from the perfect hero, by definition (he is a vampire after all), but gives him additional flaws, which allow you to empathise, and understand his condition, and his situation. The only downside to this book, as i discovered only today, is that it is no longer in print! Saying that however, Amazon have access to sellers, and I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in either genres, to order a copy today, you won't be disappointed!
An enormous, monstrous castle housing the vampire clans of the world is the setting for a great vampire ceremony - The Golden.