Review by Kevin Berry
Title: Restitutions of the Blood
Author: Lila Richards
Publisher: Bluewood Publishing
I enjoyed this book largely because of the evocative writing which drew me into the period and places in question. Most of the story takes place in Paris, where the main character, Alex Randall, has run to escape the consequences of misadventure in England. The reader really gets to know him well, as the character is well-developed. We get to see his (many) flaws as he struggles and fails to gain control of his new life in Paris, but is effectively rescued by a friend from his time in England, Henri de Saint Clair.
Restitutions of the Blood is, perhaps, more like the ‘classic’ historical vampire story than the current fad of sparkly teenage vampires and reminded me of Dracula in the way it was written, described realistically and believably as it was from the point of view of the main character, in such a way that the reader easily feels they are listening to a person of that time.
The story gently builds to a climax with skilful, engaging writing. It’s the kind of story where the reader works out the secret before the main character does, and suspense is created as the story wends towards his realisation of it and how he will handle it. While it is a story that can stand alone, it’s clear from the ending that there will be a sequel, and I look forward to that.