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A secret sect of the Catholic Church, armed with an ancient book of the undead called The Gospel of Shadows, has been slowly destroying vampires for centuries. Now the book has been stolen, and the sect races to retrieve it before their purpose is discovered: a final purge of all vampires. As the line between saints and shadows grows ominously faint, private eye Peter OctaA secret sect of the Catholic Church, armed with an ancient book of the undead called The Gospel of Shadows, has been slowly destroying vampires for centuries. Now the book has been stolen, and the sect races to retrieve it before their purpose is discovered: a final purge of all vampires. As the line between saints and shadows grows ominously faint, private eye Peter Octavian is drawn into the search. And he'll do anything to find the book ... for Peter Octavian is also a vampire.Ostracized by his kindred for refusing to take part in the 'blood song', he cannot stand by and watch while they are destroyed. In a deadly game with a driven, sadistic assassin, the trail leads to Venice at the time of carnival, where the Defiant Ones, as the vampires are known, are engaged in a savage battle for their lives. Filled with plot twists, mystery, sex and violent death, Of Saints and Shadows is a spine-tingling thriller which opens the door to the world of Peter Octavian....

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Of Saints and Shadows Reviews

  • SterlingSpider
    2018-11-03 01:52

    Book one of The Shadow Saga. This one sort of skirts the line between Urban Fantasy and Horror, yet somehow comes off kind of like a romance novel in writing style (though while there is some sex there is comparatively little compared to most of the "sexy urban fantasy" stuff that seems to be floating about). I think my biggest issue with it is the level of introspection of the characters. It feels like every other page is someone magically plumbing the depths of their soul to learn the truth about themselves and it's awfully contrived. I will probably read the rest of them but I'm not exactly bursting with the need to do so. Reasonable sunny day hammock reading but don't expect to be blown away.

  • Nic Echo
    2018-10-20 02:37

    About the Book:The Church is not what it seems. Lying within its folds is a sect of sorcerers and priests whose sole purpose is to rid the world of The Defiant Ones, or what would be commonly seen as vampires. Peter Octavian is one of these vampires, but unlike the others of his kind, he is able to walk in sunlight and touch religious items. The reason for this isn't because he was born to be special or anything like that. No, he simply disbelieves that crosses and sunlight will not hurt him therefore they don't. Granted, the only reason it hurts the other Defiant Ones is because the Church brainwashed them into thinking it would. Peter needs to convince the other Defiant Ones otherwise however, or the Church will come and wipe them out.Review:Christopher Golden has come up with an original and intriguing plot. Evil runs amok in both the Church and the vampires, but one seems much more so. He brings forth elements that I hadn't seen before such as brainwashed vampires, but even with this fabulous idea, this book was a wreck. I enjoyed Twilight better than this. The writing was so horrible that I debated putting it down for good several times a day (I have only not finished two books thus far). His writing style was very similar to what you may find in a Dungeons and Dragons type novel. If that is your preference, go ahead and read this. As for me, I could not stand the stagnant and repetitive writing style that constantly told me things instead of showing me. The latter also lessened the characters immensely, making them seem flat so that I could care less what happened to them. Speaking of the characters, my god, they nearly all seemed like Mary Sues and Gary Stus. Peter, the main character, certainly was one. He's supposedly handsome and good with the ladies. Check. He has special abilities that others of his type don't have. Check. He is connected to royalty (bastard son of the last emperor of the Byzantine Empire). Check. Then, there is his love interest, Meaghan. It seems everyone is intrigued with her, and when she is (view spoiler)[turned into a vampire, she is able to shift into anything and has instant control over her powers. (hide spoiler)] Plus, Meaghan, well, I wanted to smack her. Where Golden was trying to make her assertive, I found her to be something of an idiot when she just starts going off with her temper, but of course, it's "sexy." Ugh. I seriously cannot see how anyone can stand these characters. The only one I could stand was Liam, the main priest, and that was when he was out murdering people. He still remains and two dimensional character.Golden also seemed to have this notion that since he was writing a book for adults that he should add as much gore and sex as possible. Now, I did enjoy some of the grotesque scenes; they were disturbing in a good way and Golden sure had a knack for coming up with some unsettling creatures, even if they got old after a while. As for the sex, it just seemed put in there most of the time because it could be. While that is bad enough, the sex scenes weren't even arousing. No, it's not the worst I have ever read, but it was still boring. Then, of course, since a man wrote this, there had to be a fair amount of random lesbian scenes for extra sexiness.Finally, the dialogue seemed forced and unrealistic such as "Girl, get in the gondola and we will leave the trouble behind. Your tears and those things you fear." or my personal favourite, "My name is Robert Montesi. For the murder of my father, I must kill you." Yes, Golden tried to pull a Princess Bride and failed miserably.So why did this book got so many good reviews? I could not tell you. To me, it only had one thing going for it: originality, but that simply doesn't cut it. You still need a good storyteller to really make the story come alive, and Christopher Golden missed that mark completely. Maybe one day they will make it into a movie. I think it would make an excellent movie. However, as a book, this one would go straight to the bin for me. If you do want a vampire book that has more monster type vampires and originality, I would suggest Brian Lumley's Necroscope series instead. A much better read.

  • Lannister
    2018-11-12 04:47

    Of Saints and Shadows had a really interesting synopsis, with vampires battling a centuries-old hidden group within the Catholic Church. There’s a mysterious ancient book, some grisly murders, a few dodgy priests and a lot of conspiracies. It sounded right up my street! And I did like the plot. I found it interesting and imaginative. The lead character Peter figures out that vampires not being able to go out in sunlight is simply not true. They were taught to believe this in a massive cover-up by the Church a couple of millennia ago, and now they'll burn in the sun simply because they expect to. The reasons behind this are the basis for the story, and I thought it was a really interesting concept to build around and I enjoyed the vampire world that Christopher Golden created.What lets the story down is its characterisation. The characters never truly came to life for me. Peter was interesting, but he never leapt off the page and transformed into a fully fleshed-out being. And the female lead, Meaghan - also the love interest - was completely unconvincing. I don't object to a bit of romance in a book, provided it doesn't dominate the plot, but this relationship was utterly flat. It felt like it was put there simply because readers expected it, and I felt the book suffered for it. Cody was a little more interesting, perhaps simply because he was livelier and fun, but his antics weren't enough to save the story. The bad guys weren’t completely convincing either and they barely managed to stay on the right side of an ‘Evil Cartoon Baddie’ caricature.The book isn't like typical UF that gets churned out these days (it was written in 1998), which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's more of a thriller with vampires, than a paranormal romance. It actually reminded me a little of The Da Vinci Code, which probably isn't a compliment!!Overall, it was far from the worst book I’ve read and the interesting plot carried it. If the characters had felt more real to me, it would be a four star book. As it is, it’s more like two and a half. But, I always try to be more generous with first novels in a series, as the author needs time to develop, so I’ll give it three. And I am intrigued enough to want to read the second book.

  • momokaachan
    2018-10-27 04:33

    This is not your typical vampire romance; not even close. It is absorbing, complex, and really un-put-down-able. Many POVs, some you want to keep following and some you want to wash your mind of. I can see why some reviewers did not like it: the religious themes and references were uncomfortable and the Bad Guys were certain they had God on their side. All in all a well-written roller coaster ride which I found thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Krissys
    2018-10-26 05:38

    Book One in the Shadow Saga is a brilliant epic that takes you into the secret world of vampires--and a secret society sworn to destroy them.Sweeping, sensuous, and shocking, it is a powerful vision of immortality that will hold you in its spell...forever.I love that Golden is brave enough to cross several topics that some would consider more sensitive material for some readers but its handled in a humane way which is interesting because most the characters involved were supernatural beings.I liked the whole vampire/ PI thing, the spiritual / supernatural mystery.The way Golden created the world of the Shadow Saga is different from all the other fantasy/horror books in this genre I've read. In a small way Of Saints and Shadows had a paranormal Dick Tracy feel to it which was great because you don't get that very often.Although I felt the characters could have used more personality, more development as far as their characterization because a lot of them seem to be very similar and muted in a lot of ways I felt Golden could have gone a little extreme with it and it still would have worked well without feeling over done.I have to admit despite being a new author to me I really enjoyed this one. I look forward to reading the next book in the Shadow Saga series.BooklikesGoodreadsTwitterGoogle PlusBloggerPinterestAmazonFacebookWordpressRSSBlogLovinKrissy's Bookshelf Reviews purchased a print copy for personal collection..All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews purchased a print copy..If any of Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews has been helpful please stop by to like or let me know what you think! I love hearing from followers!Thank you!

  • Claudia
    2018-10-25 01:51

    As a women studies scholar I am disturbed by the trend in popular fiction of making monsters into romantic characters. It suggests that if you are worthy enough, if you are good and compliant enough you can make a monster into a lover. It is a dangerous idea. One of the reasons that I keep coming back to Christoper Golden's vampire stories is because he never crosses that line. He might skirt it on occasion but he never lets you forget that his vampires are monsters. They will kill you and rip you apart in the process. If you choose to make their acquaintance you must be prepared for the consequences. Of Saints and Shadows is a big book with a big story and it is populated by creatures of epic proportions; Hannibal, William F. Cody, and Peter Octavian, the last of the Byzantine princes. Their adversary is a select group under the auspices of the Catholic Church. This is not a romance but an epic battle story. It is not sparkly vampires playing football but monsters bent on killing other monsters--some human, some not so much. It is fast paced and exciting. The characters are well written and if you will pardon the pun, they are even palatable. It is a novel that challenges what we have been told about what is good and what is evil and especially what the origins of those dichotomies might be. It also turns the long held myths introduced by Bram Stoker in his novel "Dracula" on their collective heads. Anne Rice attempted to do that but never as successfully as Mr. Golden. I highly recommend this book if you are a lover of myth and monsters, of vampires and shape shifters and you don't have a problem with being romanced into a bit of heresy.

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2018-11-17 01:35

    I enjoyed this novel. A complicated anti-hero. a vampire with a will of iron and a strong sense of ethics, admirable female characters, complicated plot involving evil sorcerer priests persecuting vampires and controling demons out to commit genocide against the vampire race. Bad vampires fighting for their lives and trying to evolve in the end. self-sacrifice of hero at the end.

  • Chris
    2018-10-26 03:50

    If you read this book and really enjoy it, do yourself a favor and DO NOT read the sequels. They will only ruin the intrigue and adventure of this book by comparison -- not in quality of writing (which is still good) but in what happens to every character you grow to like in this book.

  • Ryan
    2018-10-31 04:29

    I read this book, actually the entire series, years ago but am not really sure what happened to the books themselves. I think I sold them to a used bookstore the last time I moved. I wasn't all that careful about what books I got rid of them, so I've been having to repurchase a lot of books as I find them. When I saw this reissue mentioned on both Book Chick City and SFF Chat, I knew I had to get it again.The story is pretty simple, and I'm gong to try and keep what I know about the rest of the series out of this review, it's your basic good vs. evil. The twist is that the roles have been reversed. This time around the vampires are the good guys and the church and it's agents are the bad guys.For what ever reason the church, while subjugating and even destroying other supernatural creatures, were never able to get the vampires under their total control. Instead they systematically brainwashed the vampires into controlling their own powers. All those myths about daylight, garlic, shape shifting limitations, all of those supposed limitations are false. They were all ploys used to get the vampires to act the way the church wanted them to. Peter Octavian is the first vampire to begin to realize the truth, he starts to go out in the daylight and even turn into a column of fire. But even he is unsure of how vast their powers really are.The theft of the book though changes the church's game plan. If that book falls into the hand of their enemies, The Defiant Ones make discover the truth. So the Church under the influence of Father Mulkerrin decides to take them out for once and for all, eliminate them all during their gathering in Venice. Little does Father Mulkerrin know what Peter and his allies, including Buffalo Bill Cody, have in store for them.I first started reading Christopher Golden when he was writing books set in the Buffy universe and quickly fell in love with his writing style. This series was the next logical step for me and it cemented my liking for him as an author. This is the beginning of a interesting take on the origins of vampires and it's one I urge all fans of the genre to pick up and discover for themselves.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-24 05:33

    Now, THAT’S what I’m talking about! Goodbye to such dark fantasy themes such as Peter Pan and a severely twisted rendition of Winnie the Pooh. It seems Mr. Golden has put away his boyhood playthings and materialized with a whole new set of toys. Watch out my dear readers, Papa’s got a brand new bag and opening it could be fatal! The plot was refreshingly original and captivating. Taking into account all that has been written on vampires from the dawn of the written word, Golden puts it right up to your face and then throws it out the window. The story combines mythology; religion, politics and plain old human nature to further enlighten and complicate this epic. Perfect! The pace in the story is tantalizing. Pulling you in immediately with the first page, it pushes you to a hurried anticipation only to twist– slow down, and then speed up again. The atmosphere in the book is quite simply mystifying. The mood switched between an air of madness and the sweat of the persecuted. Though the story is weighed down with a heavy element, it never feels burdensome. Golden’s style of writing is uninhibited, effortless and without a doubt filled with the author’s own emotions. Without a trace of overly complex theories and only a handful of big words, the author keeps it simple without sounding condescending. With skill and ease, the characters appear at face value as any random person you’ve walked past or talked to. It is only as the story unfolds that you begin to see the people behind the mask and it is then that the fear sets in. With each having their own identities, personalities and past traumas, Golden gives his characters what most dream of doing- substance. My rating? I give it a 5. Rush out and buy this book, this series new today! -As reviewed for Horror-Web.com

  • J'aime
    2018-10-30 02:45

    I was so happy to see Christopher Golden's Shadow Saga getting re-released in new editions with an emphasis on urban fantasy, and a new volume on the way. This is my favorite vampire novel, right alongside with "The Vampire Lestat." These two are my favorites for the same reason - they are very original, and have dynamic, charismatic vampire protagonists. Plus, I like when vampires are not all evil - it's more fun when their motives are just as murky as a human's. Peter Octavian is a private investigator, and a vampire. The Catholic Church has been on a secret crusade for centuries to harness or destroy all paranormal creatures - including vampires. When a priest gets hold of a book of shadows that could shift the balance of power, Octavian must intervene.The character development here is strong (especially when well-known historical figures turn up as vamps), the world-building is detailed and Golden is exceptional at taking common vampire myths and making them fresh again. His explanation of why holy water burns, and vampires can turn into bats, made me laugh out loud at his cleverness and sheer audacity. I felt myself drawn in like never before. Highly recommended, and the rest of the saga as well (Angel Souls, Devil Hearts; Of Masques & Martyrs; The Gathering Dark).

  • Jan
    2018-11-05 02:51

    Peter Octavian is a PI in Boston. He is also a vampire who is trying to live as much as a human as possible. He is separated for the vampire community but when a series of obviously supernatural killings come to his attention, he is determined to find the cause. Soon it is up to him to rescue a demonic book from an evil branch of the Catholic church, destroy the magicians who control it, and stop a vampire apocalypse. Whew!!!I enjoyed this book even though it was bloodier than I usually like. The bloodiness was not in the entire book so there were breaks. It took a bit to get some of the concepts in this world, the church is basically controlling all the evil beings in the world, except vampires. The characters in the book are pretty irresistable though. Peter Octavian is very compelling. I am curious to see where this story is going. I can't believe that I only learned about it recently.

  • Claire Flower
    2018-10-27 02:38

    I have really mixed feelings about this book. It took quite a while to really draw me but contained a lot of genres I usually enjoy. I liked the main character and even the romance that took place didn't seem too fanciful (as with a lot of other vampire novels). I liked the historical elements and the involvement of the church. Not wanting to give spoilers but I thought the explainations for they myths around vampires, well thought out....However the last few pages and especially the epilogue just didn't feel right to me. I had to go back and re-read it and I hadn't realised a character had died. It built up and then, there was so little response from the other characters I didn't register it.And then putting two female characters together in the last bit and describing their sexual encounter just seemed like lazy writing.

  • Manda
    2018-11-18 03:45

    Not bad. Not bad at all.A far cry from the overly cliched vampire novels that seem to pop up all over the supernatural/horror genre. There are some very wel rounded characters and also some that nearly make your skin crawl with their wickedness. Fabulous creative ideas regarding the mythology of the "Defiant Ones" and their powers that stem directly from moves made by the Catholic Church. The biggest complaint that I found with the novel was that it took a long while to Get. To. The. Point. Once I hit the half way mark though, it was pretty easy sailing. I will be checking out the next novel in the series... I'm interested to see what the "big revelation" will bring about.

  • Stephen
    2018-10-25 03:27

    Another fine read by Christopher Golden. A thrill ride into the secrets of the Vatican and the society hidden within. The shady priests involved with murder and mayhem, in their search and destruction of vampires known as the Defiant Ones. Delving into history of this group and the Vaticans obscure society of sorcerers, bent on retrieving an historical The Book of Shadows. Containing super spells to inflict upon the Defiant Ones. This is the first of a series in The Shadow Saga. Highly recommended stories as are all Christopher Goldens books. He weaves tales of magic.

  • Dawn
    2018-11-19 04:43

    The story of Peter Octavian starts out well enough; a Boston private detective (who happens to be a vampire) looks into the case of a missing woman quickly learning that her disappearance is linked to a series of strange murders. These murders somehow lead to a secret magical sect in the Church, a feud between vampire clans, an impending war among supernatural beings, and the most unrealistic love story ever. The novel suffers from not knowing what it wants to be: an urban fantasy, a romance, erotica, horror, or mystery.

  • Alex Telander
    2018-11-11 03:32

    Back in the 90’s, very pre-Twilight, when there was really only Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles to contend with, as well as a really bad movie called Buffy the Vampire Slayer, bestselling author Christopher Golden (Dead Ringers, Snowblind) penned a series of vampire novels known as The Shadow Saga that brings a whole new world, feel and sense to the vampire story. Featuring the vampire hero Peter Octavian, they are now being re-released. Also some of these vampires can go about in daylight, and no, they damn well don’t sparkle.Vampires have been scorned by the Catholic church for centuries, and are referred to as the Defiant Ones, an abomination under the sight of God, so there are those within the church who do all they can to kill and eradicate the blood-suckers, even if it means using powerful, magical abilities that seem like a form a heresy. There is a book of the undead, the Gospel of Shadows, that holds the answers to wiping all of the them out once and for all. The book has been missing for some time, but has recently been discovered. Now the church is looking to get a hold of it and carry out a mission it has longed to complete for a very long time.Peter Octavian is a Private Eye, he’s also a vampire with some impressive powers. Those powers help him solve the cases, though he tends to pretty much just work at night. He has separated and distanced himself from his vampire coven for some very specific reasons, but as a new case is brought to his attention, he realizes it has far-reaching ramifications. He’s sees that the Catholic Church is involved and what their plan is. He must make some big decisions and consider the costs.Of Saints and Shadows is a vampire story that has a very different feel to it. With the P.I. angle, it feels a little like the TV show Angel, but in this world the vampire rules don’t always apply in the same way. Magic is also alive and well and those who can wield it can carry out some impressive feats. There are also demons – aren’t there always demons? – that can be summoned, drawn from another world in this one to wreak havoc. The story does have an “older” feel to it, since it was written and published in the nineties, but nevertheless is enthralling and entertaining and sexy and many things a vampire story should be.Originally written on November 22, 2016 ©Alex C. Telander.For more reviews, check out the BookBanter site.

  • Tom
    2018-11-14 08:25

    I enjoyed Tin Men by christopher golden so I thought I'd seek out more of his books. This guy is maybe the most prolific author I've ever run across. Seriously, look at all the books he's written (over 500 works on GoodReads)! He's very skilled and I really enjoy the way he describes even the most mundane things... a guy getting up, getting coffee, heading to work, etc.Unfortunately, I didn't like the vibe of this book.Golden takes great strides to paint the vamps as heroes we should be rooting for... all the blood sucking and murder aside. Graphic violence. And graphic sex scenes... sheesh. Seriously. We're talking "Letter to Penthouse - You'll Never Believe What She Did" level of sex here. I'm not against that, but I'd prefer story over sex. "Golly, you're lesbian lover was just murdered and came back to kill you as a zombie. A few of my best pals got murdered too... what the heck, let's get it on baby! Boom chicka wow wow" Along those lines, sorry, but I just can't ever believe anyone "getting off" on having their neck chewed open, all vampire sex appeal aside. Finally, I can't imagine the Catholic Church hasn't rallied against this book (maybe they have?), which rates pretty high on the "blasphemous scale" from my layman's perspective (view spoiler)[ the church has been actually *controlling* demonic hordes - ever since they were taught to do so by Jesus Christ! Holy Hell indeed! (hide spoiler)]So... maybe this was early enough in Golden's writing career (1994) that I should set it aside and look for more recent stuff.

  • Eric Smith
    2018-11-08 01:26

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. its a different and interesting look at Vampires that isn't quite like anything I have seen before and incorporates with it a very dark and corrupted faction of the Catholic church and an interesting look at human and church history that goes in a bit of an unusual way. I did have a problem with the main villain and his followers just in so much as he was a bit too much of the mustache twirling serial killer style of villain for my personal taste. I don't have a problem with evil for the sake of evil or evil masquerading as good but there was just something about this character that didn't strike quite the right balance for me on any of those scores. I understand that he is supposed to be insane and his followers zealots but they seemed just too crazy to have been as hidden in plain sight as they were all the time they supposedly were. Its a small quibble though as I did enjoy it and will probably read the next one at some point.

  • Chrystal Roe
    2018-10-28 08:49

    WowExcellent story! This book is filled with excitement and adventure. It is the Vatican versus the vampires. Who are truly the evil ones?

  • C.J. Edmunds
    2018-11-11 07:34

    With True Blood author Charlaine Harris and Otherworld author, Kelley Armstrong both endorsing the novel, there was really some expectation for this novel to be good. And it really is and kicks butt.I got introduced to the writing style of Christopher Golden when he penned the Gatekeeper trilogy for the Buffy The Vampire slayer tv tie-in books and I felt then that he was able to capture the essence of Joss Whedon’s characters and give us an adventure that most Buffy fans can dream of replaying it in their homes on their tv sets. But alas the story was only meant to be read. But that was enough to make a Buffy fan like me take notice of Christopher Golden and his ease and familiarity with the supernatural.Fast forward, I read about Christopher’s Vampire series but haven’t had much luck in getting the book locally as it was not available. Luckily, I was able to get Book 2 at a Book Sale some years back and finally last year, the book that preceded and started the series, entitled, Of Saints and Shadows.The whole novel apart from incorporating some canon information on Vampire lore that most people knew also included some massive reworking of that very same system into the heart of the novel itself. The novel centers on a vampire/private investigator, named Peter Octavian, living in the city of Chicago and discovering that the “random” case that he was working on may not be random after all. How could it not be when it involved seemingly indiscriminate killings of humans, with their corpses strewn around the crime scene and links to the Catholic Church. These same killings also coincide with the death of some prominent Vampires in their closed society as they are brutally hunted down by men of the cloth. One such Vampire happened to be Peter’s maker, a German Vampire who goes by his name of Karl Von Reinman. In moments of his death, we are given an insight as to how Peter was disowned from Karl’s Coven for he claimed that the Catholic Church lied to them and was actually covering up the truth in the hopes of subverting their existence and keeping them in check. These truths consisted of misinformation and a form of brainwashing; for Vampires can actually withstand the rays of the sun, can change into any form at will and like Peter proved at a later part in the book, can in fact, enter the Catholic Church and not be barred from it.Peter is no doubt the one who rallies his kind together in the hopes of exposing the lies that the Vatican has been spreading and hopefully inform as much he can of their kind; that all was lie. That the path for self discovery begins now.My idol, author Anne Rice has always said that her Vampire books are about the mentality and the metaphor of a Vampire which represents the outsider. Peter Octavian for the most although acts alongside humans and suppresses his Vampiric nature. The fact that he has been cut off from his original Coven of the Defiant Ones (as the Church calls them), and his secrecy at keeping his true nature at bay to most humans save his blood supplier a new found woman, he proves to be the ideal Outsider in this story.The other outsiders are the antagonists, consisting of Father Liam Mulkerrin, a Vatican Sorcerer after an old tome hidden in the vaults of the Vatican, called The Gospel of Shadows. The book itself is a prize to the Church but a truth revealer if in the hands of a Vampire. Golden’s writing is clear and accurate and makes any reader wish that this book would see the light of Hollywood if marketed right. But after reading this, I can contend myself in the fact that I would have to scour the many boxes of books I have in storage for the second book called Angel Souls and Devil Hearts and start looking for the subsequent books in the series of which Book 3 called Of Masques and Martyrs was released last December 2010 and Book 4 (The Gathering Dark) and Book 5 (Waking Nightmares) will be released subsequently in February and April of 2011.Vampires. Vatican. Venice. Vengance. Vindication. Very Good!

  • Catherine
    2018-11-06 02:52

    I actually thought this was a pretty good book.I think that having so many characters was actually good for the novel. Though many of them were gone or dead by the end of the novel, I thought it provided me the chance to see the plot from all sorts of opinions and sides of the war. Even the chance of seeing the events from very minor or "everyday" people was beneficial to the novel because it gave me the chance to see what sort of opinion they might hold about the other characters.There weren't any characters I particularly hated. Though there were a few I sort of disliked, basically for things they did against all common sense. The reporter, Tracy, for example. I just thought her actions were completely stupid; going to a vampire party in the first place, despite being warned by all sorts of characters, was just stupid on her part. Then, despite the awful things that had happened to her during her first visit, she decides to go back to have her story told on international television. It all worked out fine for her, but it was a completely stupid thing to do and really made me feel embarrassed for her intelligence, despite that the author was trying to make her seem somewhat smart and ambitious.I particularly liked the character of The Bookshop. I believe his name was Joe...? I just found that his character was somewhat intelligent that he was different from so many other characters I've read in books. Despite being a background character, he was my favourite.The way the plot jumped around, though a little bit confusing at times, was also beneficial to the novel, I feel. It seemed that we got more of a view of the events at each moment and to see what kind of things each character are doing. I kind of felt that some were a little irrelevant, though, and sort of wished that the story with the reporter were not in the story at all as it really distracted from the actual important bits.The actual storyline with The Defiant Ones vs The Sorcerers/ Magicians was somewhat impressive, though I wish we'd gotten a little more information about how it began and the events leading up to this novel. I just found that it was sort of vague. Though, those aspects will probably be continued in the next novel.I feel that 4 stars is a good rating for this novel. It's a great book, though it's not perfect. I'm considering reading the next book, though this one was very long and I might wait until I have a little more time during the year.

  • A. Hunt
    2018-10-21 08:45

    *Audiobook ReviewNarrated by John LeeThere's nothing better than liking a monster. Peter Octavian is a creature of the night, but he's one of the good guys. Peter is a "Defiant One", a vampire, but he’s so much more than that. He's an investigator, and he's on a case for a friend, to find a missing young lady. Of Saints and Shadows, by Christopher Golden, goes not only into a crime drama, but how vampires go against the church. When a book is stolen from the Vatican, a mission is set into place. The mission places, through the church's clandestine army, a death sentence on all vampires. Unfortunately, with a particular killer, Liam Mulkerrin, on the job, there's more than just vampires at stake. Anyone who knows of Vampires or who’s had their lives touched by vamps are in danger. It's up to the kind and humanitarian side of Octavian to set things straight, and bring an end to the mystery.Of Saints and Shadows is an amazing book, though its basic premise is the same as most vamp tales. What makes the novel original, is Peter Octavian. He seems to still hold to his humanity, though he's not been one for hundreds of years. He's a gentle man, looking only to punish those who deserve it- but not through his animal nature, but the law. Until a special legion of sorcerers step into the picture.I’ve read nothing like it, so I was impressed. Golden found a way to keep the story in realms of both the real world and the paranormal. This book fits into the thriller genre, while bringing those things that go bump in the night to the surface. The narrator, John Lee, made this happen, just as much as the author who wrote it, with his cryptic reading style and perfect voice. The graphic imagery, the history, combined with the reality of the church and protection of the faith made Of Saints and Shadows an excellent vampire read. Check it out, while I move on to the next read!*full review at www.areneehunt.comOf Saints and ShadowsChristopher GoldenJournalStone PublishingSeptember 23, 2016

  • Nina
    2018-10-19 08:45

    Reread this book for the umpteenth time. I can never get tired of it. The description of the monsters that appear in this are enough to make you imagine exactly what they look like, in vivid imagery. The scenes in which some of the murders took place, honestly, I learned this time around reading, ARE my favorite parts. Where others think there's just too much sex? there are only a handful of scenes. And frankly, aren't as detailed as let's see...50 Shades? of course they wouldn't be arousing. If you want sex, then go read a Charlaine Harris book. I think the only bit of sex that really was relevant in a miniscule way, was when one of the main characters got turned. And the only justification behind that, is the fact vampire bites during sex and the closeness of turning someone you love into what you are, (not someone you're forcefully turning) is supposed to be an extremely intimate act. Where the writing is concerned, I've read worse. Where some of the characters fell flat in the role they play in the book (Sheng) and others not supported as well as they should have (George and Nueva) everyone else was perfectly written. Meaghan was overbearing at times, especially going into b-tch mode at the wrong times, but I would rather deal with her than SookieStackhouse anyday. And frankly Bella on Twilight. If you think THIS is horribly written, please, yeah stick to your sexually frustrated teenage drama young adult novels in the children section then. I couldn't force myself to finish the first chapter. The concepts introduced in this book were interesting to say the least. Sunlight without so much as dying? At least these aren't your sparkling angsty vampires. Honestly if you can sit through a Twilight Novel, you can sit through this book with no problems. Welcome to the adult world, enjoy the story.

  • Tim
    2018-10-31 07:37

    Of Saints and Shadows (Shadow Saga # 1) By Christopher GoldenThis will truly be a mixed review because I am still uncertain how I feel about this book. To be perfectly honest there were parts that I greatly enjoyed and large portions where I could not even bring myself to finish a page. I struggled with this book for about a month, reading several others in place of this one. Of Saints and Shadows centers around a vampire named Octavian. Octavian is a bit of a rebel among his vampire colleagues, having left the fold to explore what he thinks is the truth of his kind. Having spent the last 100 plus years unlearning Church created mythologies of his kind, Octavian can walk in the day and enter holy ground. The pretense of this book is the battle for control of the truth and the Gospel of Shadows, a book that contains the magical teachings of Jesus as recorded by Joseph. While that sounds and is a very interesting concept, it seemed to take forever to get there and did not hold my interest as a page turner until the last 30 pages. As much as I liked the ending, I was also not too thrilled with it, see mixed feelings. I will most likely pick up book 2 because now that I have a feel for the authors writing style and an understanding of the characters as well as an interest in discovering what happens next. If I had to pick a favorite character it would be Cody. All in all it was not a bad read and I suppose I would recommend it, just not with high regards.

  • JK
    2018-11-18 01:49

    There is a lot of interesting material in this book and I am curious to see where the series goes and what happens with some of the characters. It had that spark to make me want to read more... but... there's a gratuitous amount of sex. Not just your normal romp in the sack either, this is depraved shit going on. At least half of the (sex) scenes are rape too. I just don't get it. There's so much going for the series and some of the characters that I just don't get why so much sex was thrown in the book. If you're a prude like me, it might be hard to get through this book. I found myself wanting to put it down a few times, but like I said, the story itself and the characters are interesting. There's new material and ideas here. You just have to decide whether the rest of the book is worth reading for it. Oh. Almost forgot. The females in this book fall into two categories. They're either sexual objects or plot devices. Like the female protagonist, Meaghan (I think), she really just lacks any depth whatsoever. I'm fairly certain she there's primarily as a plot device. She reads like a character, not a person. She's just this perfect little person that knows the right thing to say or do at any moment. And she can cope, boy, can she cope. Nothing phases the girl, so if anything major happens in the book, she's like a plank of wood. Completely blank. Blech. ... I'll maybe organize and add onto this later. Woohoo, partial rambling reviews!

  • Ruth
    2018-10-31 06:37

    c1994: FWFTB: shadows, vampires, purge, Octavian, Venice. I am not sure whether I agree with the description of 'sensual' for this book despite this being in many of the formal reviews. It was, indeed, an original take on the Vampire myth - but I am not sure whether it is 'startingly' original as said by Charlaine Harris. This edition contained the following on the cove 'The Epic Vampire Series The Shadow Saga' - hmm not too sure about that either. Clearly it is the first in a set of books - but 'epic'? When I had finished the book I did feel as if some bizarre logic was missing to the conclusion and, yes, I know is spec-fic. I am undecided as to whether to track down the next one in the series but will read it if I come across it in the library. 'Stories were censored around the world, facts blurred, homicide reports vague, times and dates of death adjusted and the media absolutely under control. It was done the same way government, especially the American government, keeps people in the dark.'

  • Christopher Payne
    2018-11-18 04:33

    A secret sect of the Catholic Church, armed with an ancient book of the undead called The Gospel of Shadows, has been slowly destroying vampires for centuries. Now the book has been stolen, and the sect races to retrieve it before their purpose is discovered: a final purge of all vampires. As the line between saints and shadows grows ominously faint, private eye Peter Octavian is drawn into the search. And he'll do anything to find the book ... for Peter Octavian is also a vampire. Ostracized by his kindred for refusing to take part in the 'blood song', he cannot stand by and watch while they are destroyed. In a deadly game with a driven, sadistic assassin, the trail leads to Venice at the time of carnival, where the Defiant Ones, as the vampires are known, are engaged in a savage battle for their lives. Filled with plot twists, mystery, sex and violent death, Of Saints and Shadows is a spine-tingling thriller which opens the door to the world of Peter Octavian.

  • Anne Barwell
    2018-11-01 06:42

    3.5 I debated whether to rate this one 3 or 4. It's an interesting take on vampires, and I am curious as to what happens next and the true identity of one of the characters, but there were a couple of things that niggled as I read. Firstly the author kept referring to the main character as both 'Peter' and 'Octavian' in the narrative, sometimes using both in the same sentence, which really speed bumped the flow.And secondly one of the main female characters gave me a very strong Mary Sue vibe on several issues to the point I was thinking, really? as it was stretching my belief somewhat.But in saying that I did enjoy the read, I like the set up, and I did find I had to keep reading to see what would happen next.I've also read several of this author's Buffy books years ago and loved them.

  • Marian Willeke
    2018-11-14 05:32

    Despite my fear of another teen series, I discovered this was simply due to the re-marketing campaign. The content was very enjoyable with a much deeper twist than I had anticipated. The Catholic Church's role in this book was quite sinister and appealing with it's sorcery component. Vampires, priests and arcane magick are combined with fresh mindsets towards how the "rules" work within such worlds makes for a very interesting plot. It took awhile to get there (a long while, in my opinion), but the snowball finally caught on, it went very fast. Towards the beginning I didn't think I'd read the next two books that I have of the trilogy, but now I look forward to checking out the plot hooks that the first one left.