Book Review: Kiss Of Night

6 Oct

Centuries ago, Raphael was a blasphemous knight who fought in the Crusades purely for his own mercenary benefit, and to satisfy his taste for killing. Now, condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, he wanders the earth a vampire, cursed with first-hand knowledge of the supernatural world he once denied existed. The powerful relic he still possesses from his days as a Crusader has been stolen by a rival vampire who has recruited an army of soulless underlings to aid him in spreading evil. At the time he learns this, Raphael has been hunting this vampire for nearly a century, and it seems the final battle is destined to take place in Prague.

For help in this quest, Raphael must enlist the aid of two humans, David and Susan, who suddenly find themselves immersed in a world they never imagined, entangled with supernatural forces they can’t control. Susan, in particular, finds herself conflicted as she struggles with her inexplicable attraction to Raphael. In the end, both Susan and Raphael will be called upon to exercise courage and faith, and in the process, the question What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God? is answered.


Debbie Viguie is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Bircham International University and is using her studies to research religious themes and historical events. She and her husband recently moved to Florida, where she writes full time (when she’s not walking on the beach).

My Impressions:

A Christian Vampire book? Really?  Really!  Debbie Viguie has written a fast-paced, suspense-filled novel with all the elements that a vampire-genre loving reader could want.  And she has done that within a framework of faith that really works.  Kiss of Night explores the vampire legends and delivers a great novel. The upside and downside is that the book is the first in a series — more to look forward to and loose ends left dangling.

Susan is in Prague to bury her beloved grandmother.  David is there as well on a work assignment.  But they get much more than they bargained for when vampires invade their worlds.  With fear and distrust they agree to join in the vampires’ quest to eliminate the threat of some really bad vampires and their schemes for world domination.

Viguie looks at the lore and legends of vampires providing something to think about — can a vampire be redeemed.  And she never lets the reader get too complacent about the nature of the vampires.  Their true natures are exposed — the rage, the blood-drinking, the evil is always just below the surface ready to come out.  I would recommend Kiss of Night to any reader, but especially to those who love the glamorous side of vampire lit.  Kiss of Night is a reality check wrapped up in an urban fantasy.


Be sure to visit the other Kiss of Night tour participants:

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(I received an e-book version of Kiss of Night from FaithWords.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

One Response to “Book Review: Kiss Of Night”


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