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Kiss of the Butterfly

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Pismo nepoznatog čovjeka na samrti odvodi kalifornijskog studenta Stevena Robertsa u misterioznu potragu u labirint ratom razorenog Balkana. Karizmatični profesor povijesti Marko Slatina odabire ga za taj zadatak; Steven nadilazi svoje sumnje i ponire u vrtlog potrage za davno izgubljenim tragovima: duboko zakopanim tajnama Svetog apostolskog rimskog cara, davno zaboravlje ...more
Paperback, First Print Edition With Maps and Illustrations, 277 pages
Published April 14th 2013 by Create Space (first published July 22nd 2012)
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James Lyon Kiss of the Butterfly is too mature for a 12-year old. Although there are no sex scenes or nudity, human sexual relations are alluded to. There are…moreKiss of the Butterfly is too mature for a 12-year old. Although there are no sex scenes or nudity, human sexual relations are alluded to. There are several scenes where the violence/gore factor is a bit bloody -- after all, this is a vampire novel. Nonetheless, the gore is minimal. More importantly, there are some scary places that could leave certain younger readers sleepless for several nights. The book also alludes to or directly discusses a number of mature, adult themes, such as displacement, estrangement, refugees, ethnic cleansing, and other topics that are probably not suitable for a 12-year old. However, adults and young adults (15+) have thus far found it suitable.(less)
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Nov 01, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in true vampire legends and lore
Recommended to Katy by: James Lyon
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Alternate history/Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People interested in actual vampire myths and legends

My Thoughts: Having been fascinated by vampires since I was in 4th grade, I was unable to resist the allure of a book that makes use of the actual legends and lore rather than just making stuff up (like sparkling). I was not disappointed – the research and details in this book were amazing, and it was a great story.

Probably my favorite part of the book was a
Chris Farmer
Aug 29, 2012 Chris Farmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vampires? Really?

But after having read James Lyon’s “Kiss of the Butterfly” I realized that there are some really great stories to tell in this genre. In fact, while this novel is ostensibly about vampires, it has a richness of detail and character development which elevates this from its peers, making “Kiss of the Butterfly” an excellent read.

The story has elements of a Bildungsroman as we watch Steven Roberts develop from promising student to intrepid adventurer, questioning his heart, soul,
I know there are A LOT of vampire books out there, and most of them claim to be unique and not like the rest. But in this case, I absolutely mean it when I say this is vampire book you most likely have not read the likes of yet. If you don't believe in vampires, this book might just convince you of their existence.

While the story itself is a fictional creation, it carries with it a plethora of facts and information that definitely left me curious to know more, as well as questioning myth and re
Bob Milne
Dec 04, 2012 Bob Milne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Despite my curiosity regarding the author's take on vampires, and the intriguing promise James Lyon made regarding a thriller that "won't insult your intelligence" and "will keep you turning the pages," Kiss of the Butterfly is a book that languished on the edge of my currently reading pile for an inexcusably long-time. It's a shame, because once I settled in for the read, I happily breezed through it in a matter of days.

One of the things that immediately impressed me about the novel (even if it
Sep 13, 2012 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book, first off, because it was written by a man. I am always intrigued to read different versions of vampires, and how they are created by the author. I find that male authors tend toward the violent and savage natures of vampires; Lyon is no exception to this. His version of the vampire is based on Balkan folklore as far back as the 14th century. This novel is written during the time of the breakup of Yugoslavia, weaving together the story with flashbacks and real time act ...more
Yvette Martinez
Nov 04, 2012 Yvette Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a creepy but in a good way book. I have never been outside of the US, heck I haven’t been any further north than Colorado, and when I do imagine traveling this area of the world isn’t first on my list but I will tell you after reading this book it has moved up in the list strictly because of the history of the region. The conflict that is taking place during the main part of the book happened when I was quite young so I was unsure of many of the details until I looked them up and I reall ...more
Kiss of the Butterfly is definitely the fresh breeze when it come to historical fantasy and vampires novels.

The vampires are very authentic and realistic. I think this book redefines the entire vampire genre and sets the bar much higher. There is none of the silly gothic romance that have now become standard in most vampire books and movies. Instead, vampires are terrifying monsters that gave chilling insights into mankind. Yet in spite of that, there are some great romantic and erotic moments
Aug 29, 2012 T.m. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a whirlwind of a read, taking us from centuries past and the dark secrets entombed in an ancient fortress to a modern-day quest for truth and enlightenment.

Vampires seem to fascinate us and the more we learn the better. But in this book, a lot of what we think we knew about these creatures gets changed. We can suspend our disbelief and let ourselves be caught up in this tale of intrigue and emotion.

I hope Lyon writes more of this....
Sep 28, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
Great addition to the Vampire genre that is loaded with Historical facts and weaves them with the mythology of the supernatural of the Balkans.. It really gets into the Vampire stories from the Balkans which are very different then Mr Stokers Vampires that most of us grew up on. Wraps the real life tragedies and horrors of Yugoslavia splitting apart in the 90's with the old myths. Would really like to see a sequel or two.
Barkin Kayaoglu
Aug 06, 2012 Barkin Kayaoglu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writer uses his extensive knowledge of the history of Balkans and blends it beautifully with catchy themes. You will find adventure, romance, suspense, history and lots of trivia...and the book has a natural flow. The ending surely suggests there's more to come. Will eagerly wait.
M.A. Bronson
Sep 21, 2012 M.A. Bronson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating 5/5 Stars

I'll be honest, before I started reading this novel, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. Many times a historical novel is either a hit or a miss. But Kiss of the Butterfly is definitely a hit!

The story follows Steven, an American college student on his trip to Europe where he discovers more than he expected.

I loved this book! It was so incredibly interesting, I could hardly put it down. Suffice it to say these are not your teenage daughter's vamp
Ann Schwader
May 20, 2013 Ann Schwader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
My rating on this one is actually the average of two ratings: one for writing style, one for concept / research / fresh ideas. Kiss of the Butterfly, so far as I know, is a first novel -- and from time to time, it read like one. In writing style, and even in some of the overall characterization & plotting, it seemed like an average thriller on the horrific side. Lyon definitely kept the pages turning - or, in my case, the screen-swipes & page-clicks going -- but the style was nothing out ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lyon's book is like the Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter for grown-ups. If you love vampire stories, you have to read Lyon's book, which is based on 'real' vampires. The word vampire comes from Serbia and originated in the 15th century. Lyon's vampires are based on people's beliefs from that time, and not the imagination of modern writers starting with Bram Stoker.

An American PhD student, Steven, is sent to Serbia in 1992 to research Serbian vampire myths. At that time Serbia's society had been tu
Jun 20, 2014 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
What a debut, without doubt the best modern day vampire story I've read. From a steady build up the story comes together wonderfully with character relationships being a major part of the tale. Using folklore as the basis of his vampires James spins the story around war torn Yugoslavia. Steven is the unwitting student sent by his professor to study Ethnography,(the study of folklore) he soon starts to unravel old manuscripts and finds there's more to vampires than just old wives tales. With the ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Mirna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lyon has linked the seemingly unlinkable, the Balkan wars of the 1990s and...vampires. I was surprised not to find Hollywood-style draculas on these pages, but instead to be spooked by the Balkan 'vampiri', the 'real thing'. Although this is a fictional narrative, I was impressed by Lyon's research and basing his plot on the most interesting historical evidence of reported vampirism in the region over hundreds of years, and the high-profile battles against it. His spin on vampires thriving and p ...more
James Lyon
Aug 17, 2013 James Lyon rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
-Kirkus Reviews wrote: "Lyon’s debut stands out… skillful… authentic… fascinating… inspired… Lyon executes it perfectly... vivid... engaging... highly promising... sophisticated..."

-Publishers Weekly wrote: "A truly original take on the blood-sucking undead... effective prose and a great hook." wrote: "Immediately gratifying...a worthy addition to any vampire enthusiast’s collection." http://www.vampire
Sep 06, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
I have seen this book yesterday in bookstore, by is great to read interesting subjects, but it is even better to discover (or rediscover) your own neighborhood & region through good research and story from the perspective of one educated and keen mind.

Now, I am waiting for sequel...:)

P.S. to author - leave "other" jobs...just write (and research)...there is no better life
Aug 14, 2012 Mila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-fiction
This is one of the best novels I have read recently, not just because it was written by my friend James Lyon. If you like Indiana Jones you will like this one too - it contains mystery, vampires, fight between good and evil, love and passion, murder and introduction to Balkan culture and history. It includes explanation of events in the history of my country in a way that nobody has written about in the past, but that makes more sense than anything I have heard. The story is intriguing and a pag ...more
Recommended by Keith.

Well-written, tremendously detailed, really good read. Thoroughly enjoyed it
Stacey Williams
Oct 23, 2012 Stacey Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookclub
I have to say I enjoyed reading this book. It took me a little bit to get into it but once I did I was grabbed and wanted to keep reading. I thought the author did a great job of describing the characters and developing them throughout the story. I would definitely read more books by this author.
Aug 29, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiss Of The Butterfly is a great book, just finished the hunger game series and it is written in the same page turning fashion.

The book does a great job weaving historical and modern day events into the plot.

Looks like this has been set up for 2nd and possibly 3rd book, can't wait to read them.
Brandon Bayley
Aug 17, 2012 Brandon Bayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really well written. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Excited to see what comes next.
Jan 03, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting to read this book for a long time.There was no disappointment. My family hails from that region of Europe where this story takes places. There is some kind of haunting ancestral memory here. Something genetic. I feel a strong desire to go off on an actual trip and visit the cities and places in this story. They are real. And thats the strength of this book. The history, the places. You cannot deny them. I am not sure if one can deny the existence of vampyres. I am now convinc ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jul 10, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
Shelves: favourites
'No man knoweth the hour or day of his coming ... he cometh like a thief in the night to steal away the souls of Man.'

If there are just a couple of books I have read this year which are worthy of remembering for some time to come, then this is surely one of them! Whether your interest is in the historical and not so distant discord in The Balkans, together with all its attendant atrocities and worldwide moral condemnations, or if it is simply the desire to read an excellent vampire story, unique
Jan 29, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Roberts is a young teacher's assistant to Professor Doctor Marko Slatina. When he learns he unable to get a research grant to finish is Ph.D., Slatina sets him up with a private foundation who will pay for his research abroad in order for him to finish his studies. Steven, of course, jumps at the chance. Only once he is there, his research leads him to the history of vampires and folklore. In fact, every bit of research leads him back to vampires and he can't seem to get away from the sub ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it
Not your typical vampire story. There is no shimmering, no running fast, no True Blood-esque hotties. What there is folklore, and lots of it.

This novel takes place over centuries, but the bulk of it is in the early 1990s during the beginnings of the Bosnian War. This is a time that I barely remember (having been 6 when it started) but I do remember talking about it in school...and never again. I never took a class in Balkan history, I am ashamed to admit. I have never really read anything that
Stephanie Redwine
Jan 20, 2013 Stephanie Redwine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and learning pieces of history as I read along. As the story was being set up, it was slow going, mainly because the language was a bit more formal than I am used to reading and a lot of information was being explained. But, as soon as Steven gets overseas and really starts his research, he is met with brick wall after brick wall. The story starts to take off as we are shown two different time periods. We see through Steven's eyes as he tries to uncover the tru ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story revolves around Steven, a university student who with the help of Professor Slatina, receives a scholarship from the Balkan Ethnography Trust so that he can get inside of war-torn Yugoslavia to finish his research for his dissertation. Professor Slatina, however, has Steven researching vampire lore, but there is more to it than what Professor Slatina is willing to admit to Steven. Steven's research not only puts himself but other people in danger. The government doesn't want him uncove ...more
Lizzy Lessard
Overview: I think that if you enjoyed reading Seth Graham's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter book (it was a DNF for me), you will LOVE Kiss of a Butterfly. This book is a good mix of historical and horror, which makes it both more believable but sometimes a bit boring when it becomes too keen on making the plot, setting, characters, and history accurate. At certain points, I felt like I was reading the equivalent of CSPAN. Sure, the topic is about vampires, mass mutilations and communism but ther ...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author James Lyon.)
Steven is doing his PHD in Balkan history, but with the war happening in Yugoslavia, it is difficult for him to do the research he needs to do to write his dissertation.
When his professor suggests that he instead does his dissertation on ethnography, and that he will be able to get him a research scholarship, Steven is immediately interested, and takes professor Slatina’s advice.

Once Steven ge
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James Lyon is an accidental Balkanologist, who has studied the Balkans for over thirty-four years. He received a Ph.D. in Modern Balkan History at the University of California, Los Angeles (dissertation: The Forgotten Ally: Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914), an M.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University (thesis: Yugoslavia’s Post-World War Two Economic Development), and a B.A. ...more
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