Summary from Goodreads
Join the dark world of Brogio, the first vampire! What past secrets torture his present-day existence? How can his Kindred dog help him overcome the forces threatening to destroy him and all that he loves? When Brogio must turn Snow, a beautiful white husky, in order to save the dog, a series of events are unleashed that reveal a sinister plot against the father of all vampires. As life and true death experiences bond the two together, they unravel a conspiracy that when resolved may return Selene, the love of Brogio’s life, back to him and set him free from the lonely existence that has plagued him for thousands of years!
I’ll be the first to admit, I agreed to review this book solely because there’s a beautiful white husky. As a general rule, I don’t enjoy vampire books – they’re usually too melodramatic for my tastes. (And yes, I read the True Blood series through book 11 before getting bored.) But, beautiful white husky? Sign me up.
The book is told from Snow-turned Snow Blood’s perspective, and it’s highly entertaining. Is it quality fiction? Nope. In fact, the writing is actually quite bad at times. There’s too much going on, the action sequences are about 2 paragraphs long, the dialogue is campy, and the characters are so flat you could eat dinner off them. BUT. I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this book simply because it’s so wildly different from anything I’ve ever read.
I mean, I wasn’t expecting vampires and ancient Greek gods and goddesses in the same story. With a huntsman a la Snow White, a lake monster, and some werewolves thrown in for good measure. I mean….name me one other book where you get all those things. And you know, a dog-turned-vampire.
I’m not making fun of the book, I’m really not. Like I said, I had a blast reading it, and it’s certainly memorable. It’s a bit like watching a movie with The Rock in it….highly enjoyable, as long as you’re not expecting Oscar quality (or in this case, Bram Stoker Award).
That said though, finally towards the end of the book I realized the story was too strange to be completely original, so I looked it up. Turns out, Snow Blood is loosely based on the Vampire Origin story – everything in there about Brogio, Selene, Apollo, Artemis, and Hades follows the myth. So knowing that, I felt I needed to maybe revise my earlier opinion – this is still a bizarre book, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a retelling of an ancient myth in a completely entertaining way.
You can buy the book on Amazon for $2.99, and believe it or not, it’s totally worth $3 if you like dogs. Or vampires. Or vampire dogs.
And yes, I plan on reading the second one.