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Summary

1918: A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.

1923: Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine's 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl - the man Madeleine has instantly decided will be her husband. Charlotte, shy and retiring, is happy to devote her life to her father and her dull fiance Henry - until she sees Karl....

For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession that sunders her from her sisters, her father and even her dearest friend. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. Only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered. Only by betraying her can he protect her from the terrifying attentions of Kristian - for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.

©1992 Freda Warrington (P)2014 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"Not merely one of the finest fantasy novels of recent years, but one of the finest ever. Should not be missed." (Brian Stableford Interzone)
"... a tale which throbs with lush romanticism." (The Times)

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My favourite ever book

I was delighted to find this book on Audible. It had been a favourite when I was a teenager. Reading it again now has been like being reunited with an old friend. I don't think any book I have read in the years between visits to this old friend has been as pleasurable.

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fantastic

I loved this in paperback, even better in audio I'm looking forward to the next

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Not bad but I won't be reading the second one

First thing, unlike in some series, this book does stand on its own. All of the story-lines are resolved and the teaser for what's to come suggests a new adversary too.

As for the content, I'm a massive vampire fan and this book both pleases and annoys me. It's great in how the reactions of the humans to the vampires are portrayed, they're a lot more realistic than a lot of vampire books. On the other hand, the vampires' ability to enter another (metaphysical) plane annoys me. As does the process for creating a new vampire.

The main romantic plot is also quite infuriating. The heroine is by turns easily manipulated and stubbornly intractable. It is rather difficult to see why the vampire would choose her over any other woman in history. That's not to say she doesn't have merits but there's nothing particularly incredible about her.

It is at times difficult to remember that this is meant to be set in the 20s, rather than the Edwardian or late Victorian period. The only bit that really convinces you of the setting is the heroine's sister in London. In fact, I think I could happily read a book all about her and her experiences with vampires. It would be more riveting.

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I think i am the wrong age and gender..

I bought this because i do love a good vampire tale. I enjoyed Janes narration that was compelling..i just never quite got going for me. Too many body parts aching for another and not enough of a story. But thats probabky me. I wont listen to other two books.

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  • 31-08-14

Boring!

What would have made A Taste of Blood Wine better?

A quicker paced, more interseting story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None

What character would you cut from A Taste of Blood Wine?

All of them

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The narrator did a great job, but this is one of the most tediously boring stories I have ever listened to. It just dragged on and on, in the end I just stopped listening to it. I usually finish a story, even if I'm not enjoying it, I always need to know what happens, but with this I just couldn't care less what happens in the end. I just couldn't listen to one more second.

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  • 12-05-15

Good story, just not for me

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure

Would you ever listen to anything by Freda Warrington again?

maybe

What does Jane Copland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

great accents

Do you think A Taste of Blood Wine needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yes

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I don't like women of historic books, what is considered strength in these books is laughably weak of a modern women and i just don't care for it. There were too many "grey" characters in this book. Your main characters with both tortured, indifferent, and superior, which often just resulted in annoyingly "grey" characters. Every action required contemplation, yet no effort was made to change the behavior due them being superior.

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  • bluestategirl
  • 19-04-14

Well done Vampire cozy.

I love vampire stories, especially when they offer a different spin. This one is set in London and Cambridge shortly after the end of WWI, and the setting and era are quintesentially British. It's also an era we don't often see outside of a "cozy." (Think Downton Abbey.)

This, however, is a monster cozy, if I can coin a phrase. All the drawing room, stiff upper lippi-ness one expects from a British mystery, only the mystery is about vampires. Our hero is a world weary vamp who's fallen in love with a human woman, and this results in a tangle involving her family, and his family of monsters. What's clever is that the characters are dignified and properly attired while their world unravels. Of course, this doesn't prevent them from serving tea, or even brandy, if the day has been very, very trying.

And there is a complex villain who gave me the willies. I loved it!

Freda Warrington has created a cool mythology that is very different from what we're used to. Oh, the fanged ones still drink blood, but they also exist part-time in a parallel reality, (the description of which is amazing).

Jane Copland did a great job bringing everyone to life, and she's an important reason I'm continuing on with the series. She sets the perfect tone.

Note: This is not a book I listened to from cover to cover. I found I had to be in the mood for it. But when I was in the mood, it was awesome.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-21

Melodramatic Twilight Imitation 20 Years Before It

The standard Beauty and the Beast but vampire troupe made 20 years before Twilight came out.
The problem is, just because it does probably deserve a revisit with modern eyes (after all the niche has proven to be extremely popular) it's just that, but in Edwardian and 20s Europe.

The story features a cartoonishly cardboard villain and a very predictable story, like 50 Shades of Gray and Twilight the main female character is a wall flower that has hidden ambitions and wishes but was too afraid to pursuit her wants (compared to the bratty cartoonishly obnoxious sis

What am I doing? YOU KNOW this story already, all the beat of it, you've see or read 1 version or another of it already.
Im not even going to finish this review.
It's not worth it.