“I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me.”
Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust....
K J Wignall is the author of four crime novels (as Kevin Wignall) and a number of acclaimed short stories. He's been nominated for an Edgar in the US and for the CWA Short Story Dagger in the UK. KJ Wignall was born into an army family and lived in different parts of Europe for the first ten years of his life. This led to some interesting experiences - going to school in a German castle, learning to drive a tank when he was seven, that kind of thing. The family returned to the west of England and he has lived there ever since, apart from when he studied at Lancaster, a city which played a big part in inspiring The Mercian Trilogy. It also inspired one of his five novels for adults, Among the Dead, and a Norwegian band liked this book so much that they wrote a song about it called Emily Barratt's Dead (you can see the video on his website). Another book is being turned into a film in Hollywood. For now though, KJ is busy writing the rest of The Mercian Trilogy which he says is, "the most important thing I've ever written".
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Much more than just another YA vampire story
Intense, Gothic horror with a modern twist.
One of the best due to the excellent story and superb narration, beautifully paced and the narration performed to perfection.
The story pulsated with ancient and modern events interwoven with the characters involved, clearly described with not a word wasted. Very easy to see the story as a film being played out as you listen.
At times the descriptions of feelings and events are very poetic and add to the Gothic intensity of the story.
Not a single thing wrong, absolutely perfect.
Could not wait to listen to Book 2 of the trilogy.
- AJ, Preston