Monday, September 13, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: Immanuel’s Veins

image Immanuel’s Veins written by Ted Dekker

Book Description:

This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.

Book Review

Set in Russia in 1772, this story centers around a character by the name of Toma, a warrior hero serving alongside his companion and friend, Alek, on a mission to protect an influential family at the request of her Empress, Catherine the Great.

Their subjects, include the Cantemir twins, Natasha and Lucine along with their mother, Kesie. The twins, raised by their mother to embrace life and live it to the fullest in whichever manner they please, are well known for their beauty. And while they may look similar they seek to live and love much differently. Natasha, the more “wild” of the twins, is carefree and flirty, looking for love in the most obvious ways and places. Lucine, on the other hand, is more reserved, controlled, and seeking true-love-at-first sight (or kiss).

Upon first meeting the twins Alek is immediately taken with his “perfect” match, Natasha, while Toma against his best attempts falls for his, Lucine. Toma, torn between desire and duty, does his best to deny his feelings, but finds himself in an even more difficult position when his love is threatened by the dark and mysterious neighbor, Vlad van Valerik.

While not much is revealed about Vlad van Valerik at first, it is clear from the first introduction that there is something threatening and dangerous about this stranger and his Russian, lip biting, minions.

This is a story of seduction, honor, darkness, and redemptive true love with the all-too-popular vampire element that we currently find ourselves in.

To be honest, I was surprised that I was even interested in reading this book because I despise (yes, despise) the entire “twilight” era which we now find ourselves in. (and don’t even get me started on the teenage marketing of it all, no, seriously, don’t get me started)! However, I find this book to be a great alternative with at least a fictional biblical theory behind the vampire/blood sucking theme, and for those who do find themselves drawn to the “darker, bloodier” storyline, this book is definitely for you. But, even if you’re like me (not so attracted to the vampire culture), this book still has much to offer in the light of redemption.

There is a book trailer here if you are interested in learning more.

GIVEAWAY:

Thomas Nelson had some fun printing a small quantity of t-shirts with the book’s catch phrase they’re using—Spread the Love— they are offering one of my blog readers their very own t-shirt. To enter to win your own shirt, simply leave a comment, I will be selecting a winner on September 20th. I received my own t-shirt and love it!!

Sorry but this giveaway is open to North American readers only.

Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review from Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed are my own.

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