4 feather #bookreview of UNHOLY TESTAMENT: Full Circle By Carole Gill

Unholy Testament - Full Circle (The Blackstone Vampires Book 3)

UNHOLY TESTAMENT: Full Circle

By Carole Gill 

BLURB:

Rose and her children are still held captive on a ship staffed by vampires, overseen by the demon Eco. There are more blood-drenched confessions to read as Rose has no choice but to finish reading Eco’s journal. Eco, mad and as unpredictable as ever, can snap at any time. But will he?
The rest of the journal tells of the sick and twisted obsession Eco has had for Blackstone House’s former mistress, evil and debauched Eve Darton. There are aristocratic devil rites, both in England and France, including satanic sacrifices. There is the Great Fire of London 1666, plagues, vampire destroyers, witch hunts and resurrection men who supply a necrophile doctor.
The novel comes full circle as all the hideous secrets of Blackstone House are revealed, as are the reasons Rose’s father killed himself and his family.
Dracula is introduced, as is a child cruelly orphaned by the vampires. Dracula, the child’s dying mother says, has cursed her daughter and pleads with Rose to take her. Rose does, but what hope can the hopeless have?

MY REVIEW:

This is the third book in a series, and the only one I’ve read so far.  Not knowing the background of the characters may have influenced my review, but I feel this story does well as a standalone book.
The story starts with Rose being held hostage on a ship bound for America by the evil, immortal being called Eco.  Trying to win her love, he wrote a journal about his life and how he ended up the terrible evil creature that she knows.  The majority of the book is from his POV, through his journal.
This is a well-written, Gothic style of writing.  The settings and events are well-defined, along with the characters.  As the journal unfolds, you can’t help understanding Eco and how he became the mad creature as known by Rose.  I even felt sorry for him.  But that all comes to a crashing halt at the end, when the story goes back to Rose and what transpires afterwards.  Not having read the first book, I didn’t develop an affinity towards Rose that I probably should have.  That familiarity would have put more UMPH into the ending, I’m sure.  What happened to Edmund and Daniel, the true victims in this tale, affected me more.
I really enjoyed Carole Gill’s personification of Satan and Death.   Louis I saw as a self-righteous twit, with a God complex, turning people into the undead to justify his own existence.  I thought the children were too weak for being vampires, probably due to be being smothered by Eve. And poor Eve, who was condemned to a life of evil from almost her mortal birth, because of Satan’s lust for her.  I’m sure my perception of them will change once I read the first book.  The author did a great job getting me to identify with each them. 
The only complaint I have is the length of the book and the never ending sin and debauchery.  There’s only so much a girl can take.  It all started sounding the same, over and over.  Halfway through, I found myself looking at the percentage read, thinking, are we there yet?   
If you love dark, vampire, Gothic tales, this one’s for you.  After I read the first book, I might have to update my review on this one.  I give it 4 feathers. 

Another great book for Halloween.  Clock on the cover to grab your copy today.

Unholy Testament - Full Circle (The Blackstone Vampires Book 3)

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.

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