Title: Dhampyr Journey
Author: E. G. Gaddess
Series: Dhampyr series
Publisher: DreamPunk Press
Release Date: December 1st, 2013
In 1910 England, Edwin Harrington has a secret. More than one, truth be told. And they keep piling up. To keep things under wraps, he agrees to escort a relic back to Pressburg for his brother. Hazel Butler has secrets, too. Not the least of which is lying to Edwin about who she is to escape the mad man following her. Perhaps the biggest secret of all is what is inside the relic. Until it escapes, and starts killing and feeding off the passengers. Edwin is at a loss for what to do; he’s never fought such a creature before. Hazel has been bitten – and can be controlled by it – so she won’t be much help. Can Edwin determine the secret to destroying a vampyr – and to saving Hazel?
Dhampyr Journey takes place towards the end of the first book, Dhamphyr Heritage. As such, I would highly recommend reading book one first.
I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading the second installment of this world. This world involves a unique family and their dealings with vampyrs during the early 1900’s. What I enjoyed about the first book, told through the perspective of the youngest son, was the mystery surrounding the deaths of family and friends and then the later revelation that vampyrs are to blame for these deaths. This second installment is from the middle son’s perspective and his introduction to dealing with vampyrs.
While I really enjoyed the first book, this second book was somewhat different. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. But what I loved about the first book was missing in this book. The mystery just wasn’t as intense and, to me, that was the exciting force behind the first book. But take that criticism aside, this book did delve more into the family intricacies, more depth to the types of vampyrs and it was interesting learning about another member of this family. You also get a better understanding of Christian, the ‘good’ vampyr family friend and are introduced to a new female love interest (whom I enjoyed reading about).
All in all a decent read and I would recommend this series to those that like traditional vampire tales, especially those that take place at the turn of the century.