I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Bullied his entire life, orphaned university graduate, Gabriel Harper, is bitten by a Royal vampire moments before sunrise, transforming him over the course of six terrible and exhilarating nights into a hybrid—human by day, vampire by night.
Just as he learns to come to grips with what he has become, the Silver Legion—a covert, vampire-hunting organisation—kidnap him and his three friends, forcing them to join their clandestine crusade; however, they remain unaware of Gabriel’s nature until it is too late.
Each choice made sets in motion a turn of devastating events—from love-triangles and fratricide, lust and betrayal, broken dreams and the thirst for power, vengeance and the spilling of blood defines victory.
A Change Of Heart is set primarily in the fictional City of Penance; interweaving the lives of Legionnaires, humans and vampires in the course of a year.
Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)
I really enjoyed this book. The combination of old-school vampires, a vampire-hunting secret organisation and the modern day world really worked for me. I appreciated that the vampires were quite dark and scary, rather than the friendly vampires more often written about lately. It felt more like how a vampire novel should do, with vampires being a genuine threat to humans.
In terms of characters I really liked the main group. Each chapter represents a different persons point of view, and I have to admit there are a staggering amount of characters that get their own point of view chapter, thankfully each chapter is named after who is speaking which helps clear things up from the start. I have to say that 3/4 of the way through the book I started getting confused as to all of the different plots that were unravelling within the book. There were plots within plots and I started to get lost at one point. The inclusion of lots of characters also meant I started to get confused as to who each character was. However, it cleared itself up and got back on track in time for me to enjoy the last quarter of the book. The characters that were frequently spoken about or had multiple chapters I found easy to appreciate and their characterisations were all solid.
The world was great. The idea that vampires live among us, moving every 100 years to avoid detection, all while the general public are unaware worked for me. It was fairly believable and I didn’t notice any issues with this. The Silver Legion – a secret organisation who fight the vampires – really solidified it for me. They use all of the latest technology to hide the existence of vampires yet still use swords and armour just meant that the two worlds clashed but in a way that felt really natural.
The last chapter has me eager to read the next book in the series – so many unanswered questions and so many things to discover!