VAMPIRATES: IMMORTAL WAR (Book 1) by Justin Somper
A SEA SHANTY COMES TRUE
Dad’s death. Shipwrecked. Lost.
Separated twins. Pirates,
vampires. Friends, foes.
Middle grade/YA (ages 8 and up)
Third person close POV – rhythmically shifting between 14yr old brother and sister twins (Grace and Conner)
First in a series (Vampirates)
Cast of characters = Vampires and pirates
Twins – girl and boy
Themes – family, belonging, standing out, fitting in, legacy, destiny, prophecy, curse
Hero’s journey running parallel to Heroines journey
Modern vampire rage blended with classic pirate tales
Shifting viewpoints sometimes shift too fast – dizzying? too much?
Plot pace revs and relents along with shifting POV
Voice (POV) used to move plot and vary pace, keep reader interest, drive story, give backstory, sprinkle essential facts, characterizations, plot points, clues
Character development – slow and steady – shown in dialogue and action
Main character Conner — moves from fear and self-doubt in athletic abilities to confidence and dexterity moving ship to ship and scaling new heights
Main character Grace less developed — moves from book smart and obsessive to battle ready and love struck
Surprising puzzles and unanswered questions spring up at book end obviously intending to draw readers into next books…
Unanswered questions, new questions and loose threads could drive readers away from series for good or entice them to grab Book 2 off the shelf.