Synopses & Reviews
Born the son of a supposed witch, Aleric discovers his own uncanny ability to communicate with the great predator birds of the forest. Soon his skill becomes known to the Baron, who puts the young man in charge of his falcons.
Now called Falconer, he rises fast and far. Still, to those at court, he remains the bastard son of a peasant whore. And when his forbidden love for the Baron's daughter is discovered, he is conscripted as a soldier and banished to the Holy Land to fight the Saracen infidels. There he becomes a mighty warrior and a man without faith or conscience.
Then, in an ancient, ruined city, he finds a new love. She calls herself Pythia and in her passionate, bloody embrace, he also finds his destiny...
"The stunning first volume of a new dark fantasy epic from Stoker-winner Clegg (Nightmare House) gives the iconic vampire a massive makeover and draws fresh possibilities from its most familiar aspects. Aleric Atheffelde, a low-born medieval Breton boy with a strange knack for training birds, gets snared while serving as an unwilling soldier in the Holy Land by arch-vampiress Pythia, who through a kiss inadvertently sparks a vision in him of his regal vampire destiny. From the moment of Aleric's conversion, the tale detours sharply from the well-plowed terrain of conventional vampire costume dramas into an undiscovered country entirely the author's own. Aleric and his new vampire tribe travel to the legendary vampire necropolis of Alkemara, a marvel of gothic creepiness. There they encounter the legendary Priest of Blood, who supplies an intricate and mesmerizing view of vampire culture and projects a tragic future whose outcome hinges on Aleric. This rich and symbol-laden blend of myth and history makes intense reading while it lays a solid foundation for later books in the series. Agent, Simon Lipskar at Writers House. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Well-paced fantasy adventure, and not just for hardcore vampire fans." Kirkus Reviews
"Astonishing. Douglas Clegg writes of...nightmares with such clarity and passion you don't end up reading his books; you end up drinking them in. The Priest of Blood is a bloody gem." Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author of A Density of Souls and Light Before Day
"This book will sink its teeth into you." Kansas City Star
Horror writer Clegg sets his sights on historical fantasy in the first book of a new series. Set in medieval Brittany, it is the tale of Aleric, a young peasant who serves the royal court and fights in the Holy Land. When he rescues a creature called Pythia, Aleric achieves his true destiny: vampire.
The man known as Falconer was born of a whore, served the royal court as a predator trainer, and warred against the infidel Saracens as a conscripted soldier in the Holy Land. But it wasn't until he found himself in the arms of a creature called Pythia that he was truly born into his destined role-that of vampire...
About the Author
Douglas Clegg is the author of many books, including the best sellers Nightmare Chronicles, The Hour Before Dark, The Infinite, and You Come When I Call You. He lives outside Manhattan.