About the Book
Centuries ago, Raphael was a blasphemous knight who fought in the Crusades purely for his own mercenary benefit, and to satisfy his taste for killing. Now, condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, he wanders the earth a vampire, cursed with first-hand knowledge of the supernatural world he once denied existed. The powerful relic he still possesses from his days as a Crusader has been stolen by a rival vampire who has recruited an army of soulless underlings to aid him in spreading evil. At the time he learns this, Raphael has been hunting this vampire for nearly a century, and it seems the final battle is destined to take place in Prague.
For help in this quest, Raphael must enlist the aid of two humans, David and Susan, who suddenly find themselves immersed in a world they never imagined, entangled with supernatural forces they can’t control. Susan, in particular, finds herself conflicted as she struggles with her inexplicable attraction to Raphael. In the end, both Susan and Raphael will be called upon to exercise courage and faith, and in the process, the question What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God? is answered.
Kiss of Night is so far out of my realm of “expertise” that I really didn’t know what to expect. This book is a great re-conceptualization of the boundaries for Christian fiction. It reads almost as an allegory (albeit an extreme one) on how sin separates us from God but His love and mercy is offered to all those who seek Him. I interpret the theme of this book as being based on the premise that no one is beyond redemption:
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The suspense and intrigue of this dark narrative requires a suspension of reality, but I feel that adds to the escapism of reading fiction of this nature. The variation between three points of view (Susan, David, and Raphael) allowed each character to have a distinct voice and perspective that added the complexity of the plot. Personally, I wasn’t as drawn to David’s storyline unless he shared scenes with Wendy. Raphael and Susan’s forbidden love storyline was apparent from the first chapter, but it will be interesting to see how it continues to unfold.
Kiss of Night ends with the reader hanging on a precipice and desperately grasping for the sequel. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next one…Come on! Who can’t resist a good vampire pun 🙂
**Review copy provided by Faith Words**