Vampire fiction is everywhere these days – and it’s hard to
find something new.
‘The Vampire’s Warden,’ by SJ Wright, actually hits on a
relatively new idea – but it flounders when Wright tries to present it.
‘The Vampire’s Warden’ is the story of Sarah – a young adult
trying to deal with her father’s death, the care of her sister and a long held
family secret that is about to crush her.
You see, Sarah’s family has some special “gifts.” They
actually have the ability to control and pen vampires – forcing them to stay in
a plot of land near her home that has magical properties.
All of this is confusing to Sarah – who realizes her mother
isn’t dead, but actually was turned into a vampire and chose to leave – and she
doesn’t know how to handle her new reality.
Like I said, the premise of the book is good. The story,
though, the story is ridiculously forced.
Wright has a great story, so I don’t understand why she
rushes from plot point to plot point at break neck speed. The whole book took
me an hour to read – and there was enough plot to flesh the book out.
A lot of times, when I’m reading indie books, I find myself
wishing that the author would stop meandering in unnecessary prose and get to
the point. In ‘The Vampire’s Warden,’ I found myself thinking just the
You need more time to get to know these characters, to see
their reactions, to feel their bonds.
Instead, Sarah finds herself saddled with a pouty sister and
two love interests in about one chapter’s worth of action.
It’s too much.
Still, if the author slows down, future installments of this
franchise have potential.
The author has to slow down, though. Otherwise, this is just great potential with a bad outcome.
‘The Vampire’s Warden’ is available for 99 cents