A Taste of Blood Wine : Blood Wine

  • by Freda Warrington
  • Narrated by Jane Copland
  • Series: Blood Wine
  • 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1918: A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.
1923: Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine's 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl - the man Madeleine has instantly decided will be her husband. Charlotte, shy and retiring, is happy to devote her life to her father and her dull fiance Henry - until she sees Karl....
For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession that sunders her from her sisters, her father and even her dearest friend. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. Only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered. Only by betraying her can he protect her from the terrifying attentions of Kristian - for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.

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What the Critics Say

"Not merely one of the finest fantasy novels of recent years, but one of the finest ever. Should not be missed." (Brian Stableford Interzone)
"... a tale which throbs with lush romanticism." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not bad but I won't be reading the second one

First thing, unlike in some series, this book does stand on its own. All of the story-lines are resolved and the teaser for what's to come suggests a new adversary too.

As for the content, I'm a massive vampire fan and this book both pleases and annoys me. It's great in how the reactions of the humans to the vampires are portrayed, they're a lot more realistic than a lot of vampire books. On the other hand, the vampires' ability to enter another (metaphysical) plane annoys me. As does the process for creating a new vampire.

The main romantic plot is also quite infuriating. The heroine is by turns easily manipulated and stubbornly intractable. It is rather difficult to see why the vampire would choose her over any other woman in history. That's not to say she doesn't have merits but there's nothing particularly incredible about her.

It is at times difficult to remember that this is meant to be set in the 20s, rather than the Edwardian or late Victorian period. The only bit that really convinces you of the setting is the heroine's sister in London. In fact, I think I could happily read a book all about her and her experiences with vampires. It would be more riveting.
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- Katherine

I think i am the wrong age and gender..

I bought this because i do love a good vampire tale. I enjoyed Janes narration that was compelling..i just never quite got going for me. Too many body parts aching for another and not enough of a story. But thats probabky me. I wont listen to other two books.
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- Nana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios