A Taste of Blood Wine

A Taste of Blood Wine Karl von Wultendorf though a vampire himself is completely under the power of his maker Kristian who demands total servitude Karl is determined to kill him But vampires as Karl well knows are al

  • Title: A Taste of Blood Wine
  • Author: Freda Warrington
  • ISBN: 9781892065483
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Karl von Wultendorf, though a vampire himself, is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude Karl is determined to kill him But vampires, as Karl well knows, are almost indestructible Charlotte Neville is the daughter of a Cambridge professor She has grown up questioning all that she sees and because of this, is seen as a wall flowerKarl von Wultendorf, though a vampire himself, is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude Karl is determined to kill him But vampires, as Karl well knows, are almost indestructible Charlotte Neville is the daughter of a Cambridge professor She has grown up questioning all that she sees and because of this, is seen as a wall flower by British society She lives with her father and assists him with his experiments at his laboratory When Karl meets, and falls in love with, Charlotte, he realizes that he must find a way to kill Kristian For Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.

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    1. Freda Warrington writes so well. I love her books. I think she captures the parties, intellectual pursuits and decadence of the twenties perfectly. I felt like I walked into an Agatha Christie novel, only this world is populated with vampires. Freda also adds other themes and ideas that encompass the time period, like the horror of the Great War and the stultifying life that was expected of a woman. I liked the shy, intellectual protagonist, Charlotte. I could see why Karl falls for her. I thoug [...]

    2. Have you ever wondered why women top the charts on being the vampire-fiction writers around the world? Well, to answer that, I'd love to share this Josh Hutcherson quote, who is the "Hunger Games" trilogy actor:"I think girls like vampires because they are mysterious and they really don't know what they are about. I think a lot of girls are attracted to that."Equivalently, a British author, named, Freda Warrington, has penned down the novel called, A Taste of Blood Wine which is the first book i [...]

    3. The copy on the front definitely captures a lot about this book. ‘Throbs with lush romanticism,’ says The Times. That’s a perfect description right there. It’s lush, gothic, romantic, and I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. I found it a compulsive read, and I found the way it treats the morality of vampirism very interesting. It doesn’t shy away from the implications of evil, parasitism, etc, but it doesn’t wholly embrace them, either: Warrington’s vampires have feelings, d [...]

    4. A Taste of Blood Wine is quite unlike anything else I've read in the paranormal sub-genre of speculative fiction. This one is historical fiction as well as fantasy, and has the length and breadth that I enjoy - no swift pacing or too-sketchy character building here! The story is odd, though, a mix of quite riveting and 80s kitsch. There are moments of Dracula and others of conventional paranormal romance, which actually worked quite well. A vampire villain who is almost impossible to defeat brin [...]

    5. A Taste of Blood Wine was a strangely literary heavy vampire novel. I found Freda Warrington's take on vampire mythology to be an interesting shift from the standard seen in paranormal romance (and the cover is bloody gorgeous!). Initially I was completely hooked. I loved the writing, and Charlotte seemed to be a very different character type from typical romance and vampire books. However, I quickly found myself annoyed with both her, and her vampire love interest. Karl and Charlotte were both [...]

    6. So what exactly is it about A Taste of Blood Wine that readers might not like? Well, it’s a vampire story, and the world has been overrun with vampire stories. Warrington’s book is well worth the read, but the story elements aren’t new anymore. Other than the characters and the time period, it’s not incredibly unique. That’s unfortunate, because if the marketplace weren’t so saturated with the shiny vampires with cut abs that ooze sex, A Taste of Blood Wine would get all of the credi [...]

    7. (Full review here: sfsignal/archives/2013)In the end, while I can’t say that Warrington’s work will revitalize the genre, it certainly is a welcome addition to bookshelves that are filled with trite immortal romances that follow the same old formulas in the same old setting. A Taste of Blood Wine is enough of a change from convention that it grabs a reader’s interest, and has enough scientific speculation, social commentary, and historical detail to really set the tone properly and keep re [...]

    8. First, let me ‘splain about this book. When I was in my ‘20s, I went through a vampire-obsessed phase (as girls of that age are wont to do). Fortunately, I had Anne Rice and not the sparkle chic with the initials S.M. (ahem). I read a lot of vampire fiction and a bookseller acquainted with my reading habits mentioned a series by a British author that he thought I might like. Unfortunately, this was back in the stone ages of computer technology so you couldn’t just log onto the internet and [...]

    9. 2.5 stars.Started out really strong but I felt like the story and dialogue started getting really predictable and cliche in the second half.

    10. #1 Blood Wine series - VampiresOriginally published in 1992, before the tsunami of vampire/urban fantasy books, A Taste of Blood Wine is exactly the kind of vampire book I was yearning for 20 years ago, and could not find. What a joy to finally read! Thanks to my Good Reads friend for the loaner.Vampires in this book are "real" vampires -- dark, ruthless and remorseless. Feeding from humans, and/or stealing their life force with no guilt, humans' deaths and/or leaving the human with severe menta [...]

    11. I read this in the 90's, I was a teenager and extremely into vampires at that time. Most of the books I read at that time were kinda disposable, but I still remember really really enjoying this book!!

    12. Charlotte Neville is stuck within a life where she simply watches from the sidelines, too afraid to do anything more. Her sisters are nothing like her, they know how to enjoy what's to offer and actually make themselves noticed. Charlotte's sense of safety crumbles however, when a stranger enters her life and befriends her family. They seem to adore him, but there's something about him that just feels wrong and Charlotte is doomed to find out the truth (Please be aware, before reading further, t [...]

    13. This book was first published in 1992, long before the current UF/PNR craze kicked off. I understand it was out of print for a while, but was recently reissued. And hurrah for the gorgeous new cover with the woman in the red dress. The default GR cover is a monstrosity.I bought the book on a whim after reading a comment about it somewhere. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. I'm not a big fan of PNR usually, but this story had an entirely different feel from most vampire [...]

    14. I first read this book in my mid-teens and I have long recalled it as a book that held me completely mesmerised. I have finally read it again, more than ten years later. Would I love it as much as I did the first time? I really did. 'A Taste of Blood Wine' is a complex, detailed portrait of a human family, the Nevilles, and a ring of vampires; the two become dangerously tangled over the course of this book. George Neville is a scientist, with one son (a veteran of the first world war), and three [...]

    15. A very underwhelming and thoroughly formulaic vampire novel. I'd had hope because it was set amid the opulence and excitement of the roaring twenties but Charlotte, the main character falls for the fist vampire to look her way despite him treating her and her family horrifically. The vampire, Karl, is a flat Byronic character. There is little to no romance or chemistry in this despite epic promises.

    16. If you've even a passing interest in vampires, you should read this book. I don't, generally, but supernatural goings on in the decadent 1920s piqued my interest and I was soon hooked. The writing manages to be both straightforward and sumptuous, the characters complex and believable in a way not often found in gothic/urban fantasy, and the background was as delicious a combination of light and dark as I'd hoped. Lovely stuff.

    17. This really is my favourite vampire series by quite some way. The characters are so richly drawn and I adore Freda's vivid descriptions. I first read these years ago and after the recent rash of vampire novels that are being churned out I just had to re-read them. They are every bit as wonderful as I remember, and so much better written than most vampire fiction. They were out of print for a while, but fortunately they're available again so you shouldn't have trouble tracking them down.

    18. I really enjoyed this book however I really struggled with the main character. She wasn't what I expected and I clashed with her and her choices / behaviours a lot. I liked that the book had so many twists and turns so it stayed interesting. I also liked how it looked at people and relationships.

    19. I loved this book. Discovered by accident and wow what a find. The writing is beautiful and it makes the vampires, Karl and the others, both wonderful and horrific. If there really was such a thing as vampires, this captures what it would be to be immortal and yet retain a human soul. Easily five stars, the best book I have read this year. Will definitely read more by this author.

    20. I'm not a Twilight fan but this was my Twilight before Twilight existed. I love this book and read it over and over again before sharing it with my friends who all fell in love with it. I see it's being re-released in April and I would love to get my hands on a new copy as my one is dog-eared. If you want vampire romance this book is it.

    21. I read this book many many years ago and it has sadly been out of print for a lot of years. Freda has finally managed to get the Trilogy reissued and I can't stress enough how every person should read and own a copy of this book. I finally rebought a copy yesterday and can't wait to read this book again.

    22. Did not finish, may pick up again. It had too much science talk that bored me. Very slow which I thought I would like, but just got bored. Main female character annoyed me. I did continue to read through the book skipping parts and the story line was good along with a good ending and nice set up for the next book in the series, that's why I may pick it up again another time.

    23. I really like the writing, but not really any of the characters. It's supposed to be a romance, but I'd be hard pressed to believe Charlotte and Karl even like eachother. I am happy with the ending, though, and despite there being two more in the series, I'm okay with leaving the story here.

    24. To start off I am not a fan of vampire novels. However this book may have changed my mind. I absolutely adored everything about this novel. Most of the characters are lovable including the main antagonist. I loved the writing style and I will definitely be continuing the series.

    25. RATING: 3 stars.Good concept, loved the whole vampire mythos in this one, but I was not fond of the overly dramatic tone. All the relationships seemed fake because of it and Warrington took the "tortured vampire" thing a bit too far. Well, maybe not as far as Twilight, but still.

    26. 4.5I haven't read a good vampire book in a while. although slow at first, as soon at it picked up I was sold. a mixture of science and religious themes, questioning the vampire existence. this was a good, suspenseful, vampire romance novel.

    27. Originally published at Risingshadow.Freda Warrington's A Taste of Blood Wine is an excellent vampire novel. It's one of the finest vampire novels ever written. It's a modern and undisputable classic of vampire fiction.Before I write more about this novel, I'll mention briefly that it's great that Titan Books has republished Freda Warrington's A Taste of Blood Wine, because it has been out-of-print for a long time. Titan Books will also republish the other Blood Wine novels (A Dance in Blood Vel [...]

    28. 4 well deserved stars!FINALLY!!! It took me an eternity to finish this amazing book, because some parts were just so overwhelming, that I had to put the book down and chill. Seriously.I LOVE IT~~The chemistry between the beautiful Karl and the timid Charlotte was just so intense, it took the breath out of me. At times I so desperately wanted to fling the book at the wall and just forget about it, and other times I just held it to heart and *sigh* I don't know what it was that just drew me to thi [...]

    29. This book has been on my To Be Read list for a long time, and aside from the vampire element, it's not actually my usual fare. So when it came time to rad it, I wasn't sure how much I would actually enjoy it. I certainly didn't expect to fall head over heels for it (now I know how Charlotte feels about Karl!), but I did. Holy crap was it GOOD! I expected a story with a slower pace, and while this does have one, it also has a surprising amount of action, especially around the middle with a scene [...]

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