5 of 5 stars
“Gothic Immortal: The Necropath Book .666: A Young Vampire’s Primer on Sex, Power, Violence and the Love of Blood” is yet another great read in the Necropath series by Christian Masters.
This novella, which is a prequel to the book series, introduces us to Gothic’s background, and how he came to be the character he is in the series. From his mentoring by Scorn, through how he came to be a Necros.
It all fits perfectly with the rest of the series and gives us the insight that many of us were wishing for, to complete the background of the character and understand much more about how he came to be what he is.
The author builds on an existing world, already full of rich imagery, and provides the details that make it even more complete. I especially liked the description of the process that Gothic underwent, from who he was, and going through the Necrosphere to become what we come to know in Book 1 of the series.
The character too, had much depth and I was captivated by him in the first book, and now that I get to know where he came from and what he had to go through, makes him an even more intriguing and rich character.
I have read many vampire books before, starting with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, up to the more contemporary books by Anne Rice or the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, and I have enjoyed them all. However, in no other book of the genre that I know of has an author provided such a vivid account and detail about the process of becoming a vampire. It is mostly always understood that you get bitten and then wake up being a vampire, simple as that. So now, finally we get a proper description of the whole process, and that in itself makes this a standout read because it makes you understand the genre in a wholly new and original light.