All Souls Trilogy – Deborah Harkness
The whole point of vampire novels, films, TV shows etc is to show how much more desirable they are than us average folk. Whether it’s Nalini Singh’s Dimitri or Twilight’s Edward or JR Ward’s many many gorgeous vampires they are all seriously yummy.
And then there is Matthew…
Where to begin? Forget Downton Abbey this man worked for Elizabeth I, heard Shakespeare by the man himself and called Kit Marlowe a friend. That’s proper history. Naturally he’s smart being a fellow at Oxford and a scientist to boot. And I mustn’t forget the yoga – how many men do yoga? Smart, sexy, serious pillow talk and of course super flexible! Swoon.
But its his interest in the kitchen (rather than other rooms) that really endear him to me. His staple cuisine seems to be raw food primarily nuts – so he wouldn’t notice my ineptitude with a frying pan. Not forgetting his love of wine – good expensive wine! Oooh! He just gets better and better.
As you’d expect from an immortal vampire he’s impossibly rich and good looking – just a couple of added extras that give that extra shine.
As for the books – well Ms Harkness clearly knows how to create a vampire but what about the rest? Its a fabulous story, rich in detail, history and characterisation. Her heroine is someone you can really relate to – she’s smart, flawed, sexy, emotional, brave, loving, passionate and no doubt gorgeous. Its okay she’s a fictional book character I have no desire to claw her eyes out. Well not today anyway!
So, I now go in search of another vampire to compare. Come to think of it Edward is a little too pale, perhaps he’s not quite so yummy after all. The field narrows.