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The Ancient Ones (The Ancient Ones Trilogy Book 1)

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When David stumbles upon a tragic young woman in a sordid Limehouse pub, he has no idea she’d recognize him as the last vampyre alive, nor that she’d be the one to pull out his story. Yet as he recalls his life from the sweltering vineyards of Ancient Rome to the cold horrors of Medieval Romania - as well as his tumultuous past with the mad and mysterious Lucius - he reali ...more
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Eva Alton
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has two characteristics which make it unique. First of all, the writing is fantastic. Lyrical, dark and beautiful, it just flows perfectly. I simply love Thompson's style. And second, the historical settings are so realistic you can lose yourself in them, almost see everything around you. The way the author uses ancient gods and goddesses to tell a story of lovers who find each other throughout the centuries, in different incarnations, is very interesting. I must say the first half was ...more
Michele Quirke
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book!

My favorite thing about The Ancient Ones was by far the eloquent and descriptive writing style. Thompson's use of prose is flat out beautiful and an absolute joy to read.

I'll admit, it took me a little while to get into the story, but the author's voice kept me going. I'm glad I stuck with it though because before long, I was sucked into a world with a fantastic spin on monsters, myth, ancient gods, and tales of old.

The story line was a bit darker than I tend to lean towards, but
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Justine
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The bond between the Daghda and the Morrigan transcends all time. I will always find you.

A tale of a love weaved into the very fabric of existence, The Ancient Ones is the captivating and eerie Dark Fantasy debut from author Cassandra L. Thompson. With flavors of Gothic Horror and Historical Fiction, the battle between dark and light rests at the heart of this story, while memories traverse eons upon the sands of time. As the account of an immortal life unfurls, readers are swept along an em
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Wendy Bayne
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra Thompson has crafted a seamless tale of the origin of the first vampires blending myth and ancient religious mythologies. She has a talent for creating rich environments and well developed characters as you watch them evolve, fighting their natural instincts in order to retain their emotional connections to those that inhabit this world and the realms of the Gods.
Pathos and brutality walk hand in hand with lust, love and compassion. Take a walk through the past from Ancient Egypt, Gree
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Stacy Erbes
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in 2 days! Completely held my attention and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen!
Can’t wait to read the second one!!
Laken Honeycutt
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ancient Ones by author Cassandra Thompson is the story of a vampire who journeys from the ancient world to mid-nineteenth century London. Thompson, who is also a historian, takes us from the opium dens of gothic London to the Druids of the ancient world: Rome, Greece, Egypt, Wallachia and then back to a Victorian English manor. At first I worried that the scope would be too large, but Thompson pulls it off with subtle details that transport you to these time periods.

The Ancient Ones is the
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E.P. Stavs
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when you turn the reincarnation of one of the oldest gods into a bloodsucker? David tells his story to a dying woman, weaving a fascinating tale that spans over a thousand years, harking all the way back to ancient Rome. The author's eye for detail and eloquent writing style set a beautiful stage, one that remains so even as the darkness begins to creep in. David's tale is bloody and tragic and dark, and I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for a light, breezy read to pass the t ...more
Vivenya
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Ancient Ones: A.R.C." is a retelling of the origins of vampires. The story interweaves historical events with the fantastic world of blood drinkers and gods. The protagonist is David, one of the oldest vampires. We accompany him as he tells his life story to a new and mysterious acquaintance. And it becomes clear that there is more to the myth of the vampires than expected.
Overall, I found the book very good. The characters were well-written and the world has some interesting twists and tur
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Jonathan Nevair
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid debut! The Ancient Ones stands out from the “crowd” with its combination of gothic horror/fantasy set in well-grounded historical contexts AND the author's writing. Thompson’s literary style is delicious – vivid sensory descriptions and well-crafted passages add a literary touch to a tale of blood struggle, lust and horror. The characters and settings sucked me in and the style and POV made me think of fantasy favorites from the 80s-90s. The dynamic between love story and action accelerate ...more
Miller Thomas
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ancient Ones offers a unique reimagining of the vampire story. Instead of a diseased undead, the Vampire is the manifestation of a dark god in physical form. I found this an enjoyable read, with well crafted historical locations and interesting characters. The take on mythology through time and across different cultures with central themes tying them together was done well and kept the story fresh.

My only reason for a 4 rather than a 5 star is there are a couple historical inaccuracies and s
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Todd Merrifield
I've not read a book that combined so many wonderfully rich myths in such a seamless and beautiful manner! This book is for anyone who loves the light and the dark ... the uplifting and the macabre! As a historian, Cassandra has really done her homework to throw the reader right into the middle of several time periods, lush with descriptions and environments that are realistic and fantastic at the same time!
Bravo!!
I'll read this one again, for sure, and will recommend it to my wife and her book
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Caitlin Adolph
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started the book I was thinking "yup, basic vampire story" but its not!! I love the beautiful descriptions the author uses. Great descriptions are one of the things that always hook me. Without giving away spoilers I love the way she uses ancient deities. I'm very picky about how authors use ancient mythology and she has clearly done her research and added a little artistic license in ways that I really enjoyed! Great read! I've already started recommending it to friends! ...more
Sahreth Bowden
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When an author is so adept in crafting lore that you begin doubting your own beliefs/knowledge in favor of their story, you know you've discovered a profoundly expert creator. And that is exactly what happened to me with 'The Ancient Ones.' The story begins simply enough, not unlike your traditional run-in introduction to a creature of the night. However as the book progresses, the reader soon realizes it is like no other.

The author has brought various mythological and religious beings from the
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A.L. Garcia
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is beautifully woven as it takes us along with the main character David/Davius though the various realms, centuries, and lives he has lived. We partake in his agony, his suffering, love, loss, death, rebirth, etc. as he artfully recounts an eternity full of magic, horror, revenge, and divinity, to a dying stranger. The author is masterful in building worlds and characters you can lose yourself in as the story unfolds. From it’s most horrifying aspects to its most ethereal ones, The An ...more
H. Ferry
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I've read in a while. David, the main character, takes you on a journey through history, giving new meaning to everything you knew about mythology and ancient dieties. Thompson takes a beautiful message, that love is timeless, and through her eloquent and immersive style of writing and her brilliant character-building, she weaves a bittersweet story that will stick with you. If you like vampires, you don't want to miss this book. If you don't like vampires, you don ...more
Jordan Duncan
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Ancient Ones takes place both in mid-1800s London and in various other historical places and timelines as readers follow the story of David, a vampire who has been alive since the time of Ancient Rome. In a manner reminiscent of Interview With a Vampire, readers get to relive David's memories as he tells his history to a dying young woman in Victorian England.

Stolen from his Celtic homeland and
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S.C. Eston
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A solid debut, well written and well researched. The first half of the book, especially, was incredibly strong and moody. The second half was a bit more hectic, but lead to a satisfying conclusion.
Simply put: I was impressed. Give this author a chance; you won't regret it.
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H.A. Hood
This is a vampire origin story that predates most vampire origin stories, starting prior to the beginning of time though we only receive a hint of that with the prologue. The story itself bounces back and forth between London, Ancient Rome, and Medieval Romania and encompasses a myriad of different mythologies including Roman, Greek, Celtic, Nordic, Abrahamic, with hints of Shamanism as well. All of this combines to create an atmospheric, albeit a bit chaotic sometimes, painting of a vampire com ...more
Jonathan Taylor
This book leaves me very conflicted in a very intriguing way. I only found out it was supposed to be a trilogy after I finished it, which in hindsight does color my impressions of it, and I would lie if I said I wasn't curious for what could come next for the characters. The side characters do well enough, given their role, and a lot of them are quite memorable even if many of them have limited or brief appearances. The main characters, however, are definitely the highlight of the roster. You're ...more
Spyder Collins
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often a voice comes along that puts a genre on notice. Cassandra L. Thompson eloquently holds such a voice. Fans of Anne Rice’s world-building, the fascination of Neil Gaiman, and/or the poetic voice of Edgar Allan Poe are in for a treat. The author of The Ancient Ones captures pieces of fascination, dread, and prose that drips from the tip of the tongue.

The Ancient Ones follows the story of David (Davius) the last of the ancient ones. He is befriended by a lady of the evening who draws
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Tiffany
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a lover of vampires from an early age, I have always been fascinated with a well-crafted vampire story. Cassandra Thompson’s The Ancient Ones brought me back to my love of gothic novels, reminding me of many hours spent devouring Anne Rice and Bram Stoker. Thompson’s passion for history and her knowledge of mythology are center stage here, demonstrating her love for those subjects alongside her great skill within the gothic genre. David’s journey is fascinating from beginning to end, enthrall ...more
Lauren
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah! I love vampire stories, and lately I feel like a lot of the YA just aren’t in my mindset anymore... (sorry twilight). I enjoyed “A Discovery of Witches” so much and really wished there was more “adult” but not... “smutty adult” *eye roll* out there for people who love fiction/fantasy/mythology. Holy Jackpot with The Ancient Ones. I was sucked into this book with the intro and finished it in 3 evenings (what a way to spend a rainy weekend off!) It’s bitter sweet being done with this book beca ...more
Marie
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The Ancient Ones is jammed packed with history and rich mythology that the pages burst at the seams and bleed. Which is great and all, but it's only to add to how wonderfully immersive this experience was. Within a few pages, I felt the grasp of classic vampires sinking their teeth into my neck and the venom that kept me coming back for more. It's a whimsical tale but also horrifying to the core which is what makes Cassandra L. Thompson holds true but also stand out as a stunning gothic horror w ...more
Cary Bright
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written with so much thought and knowledge behind the words. Descriptive words make it easy to plunge right in, and be taken back in time while involving yourself in the plot. Cassandra has a beautiful way with the language of the time in which the plot is set. The story line is well thought out, and told with exquisite detail that leaves it hard to pull away from a reading session. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Ancient Ones, and look forward to more by this incredible author!
Beth
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra has an incredible writing style where everything is so detailed that you can picture it happening while you’re reading the book. She provides so many senses while describing each character, place and scene throughout the book that it’s impossible to not imagine each of those as you’re flipping the pages.

(I received an advance review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily).
Julianne
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book activated my “laser focus” reading style almost immediately! Such a good story, incorporating different mythological deities and creatures in a different way. It also has a theme of always finding a way back to your soulmate/one true love. It also explores how truth can be distilled into a version that may still be the truth-from a certain point of view.
Marvin Lee
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Think Dracula Untold + Anne Rice's Interview With A Vampire

With the vivid detail that Cassandra describes her world, it’s easy to forget that The Ancient Ones is only a book, and she hasn’t transported you into her dark fantasy. A beautiful blend of myths, history, and gothic horror. It’s the vampire novel fans have been waiting for.

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Tara
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interview with A Vampire meets the Old Gods.
Absolutely delightful tale of Gothic Horror. I could hardly put it down and many times I sat surprised at the turns of events! You will not be disappointed.
If you are a fan of Kerri Mansicalo, you will enjoy Cassandra Thompson! Waiting impatiently for book 2.
James Lippitt
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's so descriptive that I definitely felt I was present with the characters. The plot is amazing. This book kept me engaged from beginning to end. I look forward to more books from this author.

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Claire
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! I couldn’t put this book down and I can not wait for the next book! The writing was really good and the story had all of the elements - love, suspense and everything in between. Will become one of your favorite Fantasy stories!
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