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{May 10, 2012}   {Review} Eyes of the Seer by Peter Dawes

From Goodreads: It all started with a murder. Two victims lay dead at the hands of Peter Dawes, but what laid in wait for him was not the sound of sirens or the banging of a gavel. It would turn a doctor into a killer and a man into a monster.

Follow Peter as he exchanges his blood-stained clothing for tailored suits, his scalpel for fine-crafted daggers, and reinvents himself as the newest vampire-child in a coven of decadent sophisticates. He even takes on the name ‘Flynn’ – a child of red – in honor of his new-found devilish side, and to remove one of the last tethers to his human past.

For four years, Flynn embodies every bit the bloody immortal he was sired to become. Under the reign of his maker, Sabrina, he establishes a reputation as the most feared assassin to ever terrorize the covens of Philadelphia. But the surefooted-steps and quick hands that make him a virtuoso when it comes to killing humans and vampires alike are a mark of the mortal destiny which haunts him even beyond death. And despite his efforts, Peter’s humanity is not as dead as some would prefer.

On the verge of completing their vie for power, Sabrina’s ‘dark-killer’ will suddenly find himself at odds over his devotion to his mistress when an impish sorceress named Monica awakens the hidden powers he was destined to possess. In this world of macabre and shrewdly practical immortal beings, will Flynn’s supernatural gifts be used to orchestrate the wicked deeds of his maker? Or can the cold-blooded nature of a vampire be warmed by the compassion of a Seer?

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This was another book with an interesting concept, but I feel like it fell short of hitting its mark.  It wasn’t a bad read, don’t get me wrong, but it felt like the story took a very long time to transpire.  Peter Dawes automatically captures the reader’s attention as he explains how he came to be a vampire—the cold blooded murders he commits are intense and Peter quickly sets the scene for a read that seems like it will be fast paced and incredibly intriguing.  But, once Peter becomes a vampire, I found that the story almost came to a standstill.  Dawes then describes the next couple of years of his life as a vampire in a way that made me feel like everything was being glossed over; that it wasn’t important information to the story as a whole, but needed to be told in order for the story to move forward.  Unfortunately for me, I found these periodic “in-between” times of the story to be a bit boring for my taste, and couldn’t wait to get to the important information, including the bit about Seers and how everything molded together to make Peter special.  A lot of the novel he seemed like another run of the mill, holier than though, sadistic, self absorbed vampire, and I found myself, quite quickly, learning to dislike him, mainly because so much time was spent showing him in this light.

One of the aspects of the novel that I really didn’t care for was the vampire sex.  And there was a lot, in my opinion.  I didn’t find that the sexual encounters furthered the story by any means, but were more of a distraction to the plotline, and I don’t need the acts spelled out for me as a reader.  I know it’s a personal preference, and a lot of readers may disagree with me here, but I, personally, found these encounters to be out of place and not something I cared to read at all.

Overall, the idea behind the novel was good, but Dawes takes a very long time getting to the meat of the story.  Some readers may really like this slower pacing, but I am in-between.  Too fast and little development leaves me yearning for more, but too slow and too much development leaves me a tad bored.  This novel lends itself to those looking for a good vampire story that slowly develops its characters over the years within the novel.  Two and a half stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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