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Aleron, By: Kane
By Nicole Marie Sorkin   
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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Setting is 18th-19th century Eastern Europa and Egypt. Vlad has surrounded himself with a coven of female vampires who are loyal to the death. He nurtures them like a father and loves them like a king. He has but one rule, they are forbidden to make another male vampire. One female decides her heart deserves exclusivity and breaks the one rule. The story unfolds at this point where the fledgling male is left alone to figure out what he is and why he exist. Once the things are revealed to him by another, he seeks out his maker, who he loves unconditionally. Unfortunately for him, she has returned to Vlad. Now Aleron must face a foe that is more ancient and far stronger than he.

 Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey in Aleron; into the mind of a vampire revealing his inner most thoughts and desires. Like the curator of a museum describing the details of a masterpiece, Kane brings to immortal life his character Aleron, a young man seduced into the role of becoming a vampire, along with his lovers Mynea and Pandora, and their bloodline creator Vlad. With words used to paint an imaginary picture, each stroke of Kane’s sentences create artfully precise descriptions, bringing into the reader’s mind’s-eye the portraits of his characters conceived from an incredible imagination.  Kane interleaved Aleron’s mortal reasoning with immeasurable power, juxtaposing his character with descriptions of folklore, compassion, cruelty, love and lust. As a hungry infant becomes focused for survival on its mother’s breast, completely dependent on her for survival, so feeds the thirst of a vampire for its unquenchable desire for blood.  Aleron’s immortality is not without his daily need for sustenance, and care for his frailties must be observed, for his survival is fascinatingly brought to the mind of the reader in a first person narration of his inner most thoughts.

Set in the timeless past, post the fall of the Byzantine Empire and into the 18th and 19th centuries, Aleron travels to Egypt and sites throughout the ancient world.  Kane wrote descriptions so intoxicatingly realistic regarding the culture and society one can call this book almost a period piece.  The clarity of thought of Aleron, as he succumbs to his daily thirst of blood while justifying his selection of victims brought to his dark existence a morality somewhat noble in quality.  At one point, after he thwarts a rape of an innocent young girl in an alleyway by a fierce and ruthless thug by overpowering the perpetrator, thus allowing the girl to go free, he thinks to himself, “Is the murder of a murderer murder?”  The reader feels no sympathy for the brutality of killing such a slime ball, the crueler the better, as Aleron’s supernatural strength, speed and insatiable thirst for human blood tears the limbs off his victim before killing him in a torturous fashion.

Most interestingly are the waves of thoughts and layering of reason Kane wrote as to how Aleron describes himself becoming seduced into the morphosis from human to vampire.   He has heightened senses, such as being able to smell more precisely than a bloodhound. His hearing is so acute the heartbeats of people beyond his sight become alerted to him while possessing speed and agility to move faster than a human eye can track.  He’s able to read minds at will and project his thoughts.  He has the power of levitating and flying.  All of these capabilities brought a new understanding to me as to the supernatural powers of vampires.  The attraction Aleron had for becoming an immortal sole was a pre-determined destiny, neither unwanted nor resisted, but willfully approached by him with curiosity and sheer sensual excitement.  Kane’s skill authoring a credible tale having a bizarre and satanic character while still preserving the kindness and innocence of Aleron is an absolute spectacular literary accomplishment.

Aleron will no doubt win many accolades and achieve recognition amongst a broad group of readers, introducing Kane’s unique genre of writing to many nonbelievers of vampires, as well as fueling the desire to quench the thirst of blood sucking fans.  Written with respect for the reader’s intelligence and without vulgarity, I recommend this to a young adult audience as well as seasoned readers looking for excellence in storytelling.  Just as Aleron has become immortal, so I predict will Kane’s book, Aleron.

This book is the premier of a fantastic new series.  Aleron, the first of five novels, book two of the Strigoi series and will be available soon.   I can't wait to dive right into the rest of the Strigoi series.  It has plenty of excitement to sink your teeth into. 

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