Published by Dreaming Big Publications
Reviewed by Melissa
About the Book
Nelleke Reitsma is one of the world's top lutenists and guitar players. She is very good because she has had 350 years to practice.
Sinfonia: First Notes on the Lute records her life, beginning with her entrance into the world of the undying through friendship with Izaak, a mysterious young man who only comes out at night; and, eventually, her crossing over into that world. Leaving her native Netherlands for England, she finds herself embroiled in a fight to save the vampire community of London from destruction. She encounters Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, and, using her connections to government and the theater, uncovers the last followers of an ancient religion that possesses power capable of destroying Nelleke and the coven of vampires to which she belongs. It is up to her to stop them.
A fascinating and compelling piece of paranormal fiction, it abounds in danger, romance, horror, love, and beauty.
3 out of 5 stars
It's okay, but it does have some problems. The author spent a lot of time on characterization and making sure the reader knows all about the way the vampires are. This is fine, but since it is the first in a series, it wasn't completely necessary, and it took away from the story's plot. Another problem with the book is that there are times when the dialogue will sound too modern. I also think there should be some warning about the rape scene at the beginning of the book, as some people may be triggered by it.
Despite the issues with it, vampire fans will enjoy this book.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
About the Author
David W. Landrum lives and writes in West Michigan. His fiction, poetry, and scholarships have appeared in journals and magazines around the world. Landrum has published over 150 short stories in such journals as The Horror Zine, 34th Parallel, Black Denim Review, Silver Pen, Erotique, Non-Binary Review, Night to Dawn, The Lorelei Signal and in many others. His novellas—The Gallery, Strange Brew, ShadowCity, The Last Minstrel, Le Café de la Mort, Mother Hulda, The Prophetess, and The Sorceress of Time, along with his full-length fantasy novel, The Sorceress of the Northern Seas, are available through Amazon. He has also published a great deal of poetry and many academic studies.