Ranging from secret chapels of ancient France to high-tech military establishments in the modern world, but centered firmly in Charleston, A. J. Lee’s Grace Through Blood combines multiple storylines into an interestingly different mythology of death, demons and hell. Biblical quotes are sprinkled throughout, well chosen for story content rather than spirituality. But there’s definitely a spiritual element to this novel. While faith reminds a fairly distant background element until halfway through, it’s clearly important to the characters and the resolution.
Vampires, auras, the Bible, good and evil, faith, duty, sexuality and more—it’s a heady, sometimes slightly awkward mix. The story’s long, with so many threads to be followed, and it’s slowed by occasional editing glitches (at least in the copy I read). But it’s certainly interesting. The dialog has a convincing southern shape (to this non-southerner). The military are convincingly addicted to force. And the ancient ones, trying to fulfill their likewise ancient destiny, certainly offer an interesting twist on a well-known theme.
If you like vampire stories, Christian fiction, and long complex tales, this might be the one for you.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy when I participated in a blog tour.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
A. Jay Lee is a native Nashvillian who lives with his wife and three children in that great Southern City. He is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A. Jay has always had great stories in his head, but having the learning disability commonly known has Dyslexia, he never believed he would be able to put them to pen. With the loving help of his wife, an accomplished technical writer in her own career, A. Jay has brought one of his stories to life. His curiosity surrounding vampires accompanied with his knowledge of biblical lore has made this novel a compelling mix of both. Grace Through Blood is the first novel in ‘The Holy Damned’ series. He has other exciting projects in progress, including a series of short stories with a vampiric steampunk theme.