Just finished reading…
A Hunger Like Fire by Greg Stolze.
This is a World of Darkness, Vampire: The Requiem (RPG) novel that I bought a couple years ago and started last year. I put it down since it wasn’t keeping my attention, but I decided to pick it back up this year to give it another shot. It’s based on the pen and paper games, and this one is about a vampire who is changed and doesn’t know who his maker is as well as a female vampire who is changed by the Prince of the Damned who is the ruler of the vampires in Chicago where the novel is set. It was an interesting read and a nice trip through nostalgia lane since I used to play a former incarnation of Vampire: The Requiem called Vampire: The Masquerade. I played the computer games as well, which was lots of fun.
I would give it a 3.5 stars, since 3 is a little too low and 4 is too high. It had a great atmosphere and the descriptions and detail were really cool. Some of the characters were pretty good at times, but I think that the writer seemed to fall back on using stereotypes when it comes to his female characters. There was quite a bit of politicking with the characters as well instead of having a pretty good flow of action at times. And the ending didn’t do much for me either. Of course I can’t say what happens, or I’d give it away, but the way the characters react to something the female vampire does is too over the top since she had a reason to get back at the character. Didn’t care much for it.
Anyways, if you’re interested in the atmosphere and a feel for the World of Darkness, it’s a really good book. I’m glad that I picked it back up.