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Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth
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Oct 30, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, mystery-thriller, my-reviews
Read on October 30, 2010

It's a great concept, but I sure would like to see more character complexity. Zach is my biggest complaint. He does grow as a character in the course of the novel, but going from one dimensional to approximately one and a half dimensional isn't much of an improvement. On the other hand, if the author expects to sell the movie version, a character like Zach would be pure gold to a film studio. He represents the young male demographic that they're trying to reach. He just isn't very appealing to me in this book. There was also a plot sequence centrally involving Zach that wasn't very believable. It's the sort of thing that you find in mediocre thrillers for readers who want to shut off their brains before reading.

Farnsworth steers a course that's edgy and ambivalent when it comes to his vampire protagonist, Cade. He needs to stay somewhat sympathetic so that readers will stay engaged with him, while still reminding us that he is a predator. The characterization of Cade and the background that the author has developed for him are the strongest elements of the book. I wanted to like it more.
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