Series: On the Soul series
Publisher: TreasureLine Publishing
Source: I received a copy from the author
For eight hundred years, Valéry Castellane has known only one kind of light - the light in those human beings he's had to kill so he might live. The last of these has been the most brilliant light of all, the light of the one sent to tell him that heaven was never really lost to him. But did he destroy all hope for it in attempting to make this angel a human love he could hold forever on earth, or is the mystery of this vampire's salvation yet to be fully revealed? Sometimes the key which unlocks the secret of what's to come is hidden in the past. Take another journey with a vampire, through eight centuries of dark human history which have, all along, been leading him to the light.
Volume I: "You continue to see the lie before you, no matter how often it speaks the truth!" Valéry warned Angelina in On the Soul of a Vampire, when she refused once again to see in him the monster he saw in himself. And as at the end of his first story, she lay dead in his embrace, it would seem it was he, not she, who had the clearer sight. But in the place between life and death, the soul is exposed to the light. Relive the memory of Valéry's descent into darkness as he does, from the child of faith who set out on the Children's Crusade in 1212 to desperate 14th century creature of the night, before deciding who was really right.
This is the second installment of the On the Soul series and is a prequel to On the Soul of a Vampire.
In Pro Luce Habere we go back in time to 1212, when Valéry is just a 14 year old boy set out to join a children’s pilgrimage together with his best friend Noël. For the first part of the story we follow Valéry in this pilgrimage where they encounter hardship, shipwreck, loss of friends and the betrayal that comes to make him a slave. Four years later after being nearly beaten to death he is saved by Lukios, an ancient vampire, but at a terrible price which Valéry isn’t sure he wanted to pay.
After this we travel with Valéry on a journey through Europe over a period of three centuries where Valéry tries to discover who and what he is now.
Valéry is a well developed character who is struggling with his believe and trust in God, but also with his identity, who he is and who he has become as a person. Due through his struggle and the beautiful writing you come to care deeply about him. But not just the main character Valéry, but also the other characters who show up in this book are really well developed.
Krisi’s writing is so rich and sets the right tone for the story and the time periods in it, to the tee. It sucks you in and doesn’t let you go even after you read the last page.
Like I sad in my review of On the Soul of a Vampire, this is not your typical vampire novel. the things described in this novel make you think about different aspects of life, love and believe. And for me it meant I look different to things that happened in my life and choices I made in my past.
I for one can't wait for the next installment of the On the Soul series.
My rating: 5/5
Don't forget to come back next Wednesday because Valéry is giving my blog a visit. And I will be giving away both On the Soul of a Vampire and Pro Luce Habere. So don't forget to stop by.