Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2024 by IRV
This book kept me reading by asking the simple question of what happens next. While long it was well worth the effort. Great plot, great characters, real-life settings, and history made it outstanding. It would make a movie I would love to see. You will not be disappointed!.
This book was similar to “Interview With A Vampire” where an ancient vampire is telling his story to a rather naive person in current time. Like “Interview,” I could easily see this as a movie as well. I liked the historical details and there was just enough vampire gore to make my horror-junkie heart happy. The ending leaves off as a perfect start to a second book, though this is a complete story; which I appreciated. I really enjoyed this book and would read more from the author. Thanks for the opportunity to read!
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Formosan Vampire: From the Chronicles of Seth Ardelean the Cro-Magnon Vampire is a work of fiction in the historical, fantasy, horror, and thriller subgenres. It is best suited to mature adult readers owing to graphic content concerning violence, cannibalism, and fantasy horror. Penned by author Amadeus Rockefeller, this darkly fascinating work immerses readers in a unique blend of horror, history, and the supernatural. Set on Taiwan's death row, the novel introduces a foreign prisoner believed to be the leader of a vampire legion. The mystery deepens when the creature willingly faces execution. Eunice Wang, a young paralegal, unravels the enigma as the prisoner recounts a historical epic of his life as the Formosan vampire king.
Author Amadeus Rockefeller has crafted a smoothly-penned mix of horror and historical intrigue, creating a fascinating journey into a richly woven narrative. The storytelling prowess is evident in every moment of the confident narration, which seeks to delve deep into the human psyche as the protagonist recounts his immortal existence and the civilization he ruled. The historical backdrop, intertwined with vampiric lore, is really well-constructed with great detail, offering an eerily convincing look at history from an otherworldly perspective that fits in seamlessly. The vivid descriptions and well-developed characters populate the novel with interesting figures and strong presences, and I was impressed with the unique turns of phrase and dialogue of different people that we encounter. Rockefeller delivers a captivating story that transcends genres, making this novel a standout in the realm of vampire fiction. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Formosan Vampire as one of the best historical horror fantasies I’ve read this year.