Of Saints and Shadows (Shadow Saga 1)
by Christopher Golden
Pocket Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781847399243
Date: 08 July 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A little late to arrive this one, due to a roundabout postal redirection, but as it happens Christopher Golden's Shadow Saga has taken its time to reach these shores in any case. First published in the US back in 1994 by Jove, the first in this vampire thriller is Of Saints and Shadows and is released in paperback by Simon & Schuster.
"A secret sect of the Catholic Church, armed with an ancient book of the undead called The Gospel of Shadows, has been slowly destroying vampires for centuries. Now the book has been stolen, and the sect races to retrieve it before their purpose is discovered: a final purge of all vampires. As the line between saints and shadows grows ominously faint, private eye Peter Octavian is drawn into the search. And he'll do anything to find the book ...for Peter Octavian is also a vampire. Ostracized by his kindred for refusing to take part in the 'blood song', he cannot stand by and watch while they are destroyed. In a deadly game with a driven, sadistic assassin, the trail leads to Venice at the time of carnival, where the Defiant Ones, as the vampires are known, are engaged in a savage battle for their lives. Filled with plot twists, mystery, sex and violent death, Of Saints and Shadows is a spine-tingling thriller which opens the door to the world of The Shadow Saga. "From release/information:
Product Description: Book One of The Shadow Saga -- an epic tale of vampires, sorcery and war set in the final decades of the twentieth century
(Source: Pocket Books)