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More Than Mortal

Mick Farren

Average Review Rating Average Rating 7/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Tor

Published : 2001

Copyright : Mick Farren 2001

ISBN-10 : HB 0-312-87901-6
ISBN-13 : HB 978-0-312-87901-3

Publisher's Write-Up

Victor Renquist, centuries-old Master of a Los Angeles colony of nosferatu, has been drawn to England by a message from an old flame, Columbine, who is currently living in a bonded threesome with the asian nosferatu Marieko and the voodoo priestess Destry. Near her home, Ravenkeep Priory, an unsuspecting group of archeologists is excavating an old burial mound and is about to uncover something completely beyond their wildest imaginings. Not some long-dead saxon warrior, but the being once known as Merlin.

The Merlin, however, is not the friendly old duffer of The Sword in the Stone, but a dangerous being from the nosferatu past - a being like them, created by an alien race and possessing enormous power.

Renquist, working with Columbine, her companions, and a long-forgotten Scottish clan of nosferatu who live in feudal splendor under the leadership of Lord Fenrior, must decide whether to kill the Merlin before he comes to full power. Renquist's decision will have enormous implications for the world of nosferatu and for all humankind.

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Review by Nigel (011201) Rating (7/10)

Review by Nigel
Rating 7/10
This is the third book in what is becoming a nosferatu series. The story follows on from The Time of Feasting and Darklost and sees Victor Renquist travelling to England to investigate a strange psychic field emanating from a Saxon burial mound. The signals being picked up are not of human or noseferatu origin, but are alien and powerful.

Renquist is a guest of Columbine, a female vampire, whom he created during the Second World War to 'slow' the German advance through Europe. She has never forgiven him for turning away from her and their relationship is constantly on the edge of violence. Others are also interested in the burial mound and Renquist, away from the protection of his colony, finds politics among the British nosferatu putting him at great risk. He is however drawn to the possibility that an original being, from the time of Earth's colonisation and the creation of the nosferatu, may again walk the land.

This is a well-written and gripping story. The ending is a bit of a cop out, not really finishing the story but leaving it open for the obligatory sequel. I am not too unhappy with this however, as I really enjoy Mick Farren's writing style and his books are a pleasure to read. It's just another example of the modern approach to books that the stories never actually conclude satisfactorily, with too many lose ends to allow that all important follow up.

An item of interest is that this novel was an American import that is notable for the quality of the book itself. It is finely bound and printed on acid free paper and really puts to shame British volumes... does it really cost that much more to print in this way?
Nigel (1st December 2001)

American Import not available in this country. Vampire horror sequel to The Time of Feasting and Darklost.

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