started 8/7 finished 8/17
Even though I am surrounded by them all day, I just couldn’t muster up enough enthusiasm to read the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Unlike Doret, I don’t read books geared to young readers and usually run in the other direction. (It wasn’t until the third book came out that I finally gave in and read Harry Potter!) As the series grew in popularity, I was less and less interested. Then I read this post by one of my favorite authors that put the last nail in the coffin (bad vampire reference).
So, while I was on vacation I looked around and couldn’t find anything to read.
And then my eye landed on Minion. The sticker on the back showed that I bought it in 2004. I can’t remember why I picked it up and never read it. Maybe I wasn’t ready at the time. Or maybe I thought that the Anne Rice books were all the vampires that I needed. I don’t know. But this time I felt that I was seeing it for the first time. How come I never noticed the tattoo on the back of woman on the cover? Especially since it is the Sankofa bird? I’m glad that I finally read it and mad that it took me so long. I have to catch up to the whole series now.
Damali Richards is a spoken word artists who is signed to Warriors of Light Records. After her concerts, though, she and her label mates hunt vampires and demons. They make sure that people like us don’t have to know these figures exist. But when other artists signed to Warriors of Light and another label, Blood Music, start dying, Damali and her Guardians start to thing that something is amiss. These brutal kills don’t fit the m.o. of regular vampires and demons. Something new is out there and the violence is ramping up fast.
Banks’ illustration of the vampire world is intricate and imaginative. The story of Damali and how she was “chosen” to be a Vampire Huntress was a history lesson that included Africa and ancient societies in a way that has never been done. The diversity in the book is refreshing. Everyone is represented. This is not your run of the mill Dracula tale (although he is mentioned and portrayed as a kind of rogue, attention- & power-seeking vampire).
I can’t wait until next payday so I can pick up the next one! Oh, and although I am not a person easily scared, I made sure to read this only in the daytime – just to be safe.