Sands of Time: Fate of the True Vampires by Christine Church

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Sands of Time: Fate of the True Vampires by Christine Church
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (79 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Mysteries uncovered from tombs. Secrets dug up from the grave. The truth about vampires has been unearthed.

These are the journals of an ageless woman, a hybrid half human, half “Pet Mer,” (Sky Gods in ancient Egypt). A blood drinker from the ancients. Their story is scarce told, but Kesi’s is all too clear…

She appears a delusive goddess, wanting more than anything a family. Unable to bear children, and after the death of her husband, she travels the world searching for a way to share her bloodline (“creating” children, later known as “Vampyre”). She offers aid to those who need her. But her deep desire to have kin of her own blood is not met, until she comes across a Chinese alchemist named Yin – another of her race. Hope for a life with him is banished, however, by his dark desires to destroy all the world’s hybrid offspring, to find a “cure” for the “blood drinking aberrations” created by those of his and Kesi’s kind.

Taking what she needs and leaving behind chaos, Kesi runs, always searching. Her everlasting quest takes her through history, from one continent to the next; from her home in Egypt, to China, Rome, Scotland, and finally France. But she is never able to outrun Yin, and eventually she must face her enemy and the darkness within herself in order to have that which she truly desires.

Read her story, learn the truth behind the “myth” of what humans call the vampire, read about Kesi’s unique take on her species and those they create, and discover the mayhem and bloodshed caused by a man determined to put an end to vampires forever.

How would you spend your time if you could live forever?

Vampires are one of my favorite monsters in the science fiction and fantasy genres because of how mysterious and dangerous they generally are. I really liked how Kesi and the others like her were described, especially when it came to their interactions with humans. It made sense that people would respond to these creatures quite differently depending on the culture they came from and what kinds of experiences they’d had with vampires in the past. This was well done.

I would have liked to see a little more attention paid to Kesi’s character development. There were a few times when she reacted to certain events in the storyline the exact opposite way I would have expected her to behave. The explanation she gave for why she acted that way was so brief that I almost overlooked it. While it did make sense, it would have been helpful to have additional information about why she seemed to act so out of character in those specific instances. I would have especially liked to know more about her reaction to her husband’s death early on in the book as it was the most puzzling mystery of them all.

With that being said, I was so fascinated by the premise that I couldn’t stop reading it. The pacing was strong and steady from beginning to end. There simply weren’t any good places to take a break because every single scene was so packed with intriguing clues about what might happen to Kesi. I simultaneously couldn’t wait to see what she would do next and desperately didn’t want this tale to end.

I’d recommend Sands of Time: Fate of the True Vampires to anyone who likes the scary kind of vampire stories.

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