The Shadow of Death by Christopher Pike
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The originial Last Vampire series was one of my favorites from Pike. I loved Sita's attitude and how she was not pure good or pure evil. She had that grey area that, to me, makes a character interesting. When I saw that the series had been re-released and was going to be continued I was unsure of how it would turn out. Was it going to be just as entertaining or would it ruin the original?
I think the answer isn't a simple one. I am a bit disappointed that some elements of the original had to be changed to accomodate the new books. Still, I have enjoyed the books and do like some of the changes that were made. I like how Sita was slightly toned down. It wasn't a constant stream of "I can do this", "I'm the best of that". Sure, it's there (Sita wouldn't be Sita without some attitude and a little bit of ego) but it's not as in your face as in the earlier books. I think that makes a lot of sense. After everything Sita went through in the original series, who wouldn't be humbled? We also get the chance to see Seymour, Paula and John again in the new books while meeting some interesting new characters. One of these is a descendent of Sita, Teri.
I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised that Pike never mentioned any before. You would think there would be someone on earth who shared DNA with her and that she would be interested in who they are. As is typical in a Sita book, there are plenty of mentions of Krishna. While they are a bit toned down for the most part, it's there along with some other religious mentions. There's also a bit of Yaksha in the new books via a book he wrote himself and some people Sita meets that were once important to him. We also meet some new enemies in the IIC and the Telar. The groups are dangerous and both a threat to the world and Sita has to work with one to take out the other, who she considers to be the biggest threat. Have you read the Thirst series? What do you think? Comment back and let me know.
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