Kingdom of the Damned by Tricia Copeland
This book spans four centuries. It takes us on a trip from the 1500’s to present day. It was like taking a trip through history through the eyes of a vampire. This is Anne’s story. In 1557, the Edict of Compiegne allowed the witches, dressed in the cloth of the church, to hunt and kill vampires. Anne survived persecution with the help of a friend. She grows up in London and at the age of seventeen, devastation hits her again. Instead of becoming angry and vengeful, she seeks understanding and peace. Travelling the world she makes many friends and powerful enemies. She tries to unite vampires and stop the hatred between them and witches.
Anne’s strength of character is amazing. After everything she has been through, she is still a peace keeper and revolutionary seeking love and balance. The story is told from Anne’s point of view in chronological order of events through four hundred years. It seems long but there is action and intrigue to keep the story interesting. The author throws in real events in history to the book which I appreciated. There is a surprise ending which leaves you hanging. I think the author did a wonderful job laying the foundation for the rest of the series. This is the prelude to the Kingdom Journals and I can’t wait to read the next one.