Okay, so this was awesome. As a general rule, I avoid vampire lit like the plague. I mean, Ann Rice is pretty cool because thus far I haven't read a book of hers that has that whole human/vampire love dynamic, which I hate. Seriously, think about it -- human and vampire fall in love, vampire bites human, and they are stuck together until the end of the earth. I'm sorry, no matter how much I love somebody I would never commit to living for several centuries with them. You know why? Because people change and grow emotionally -- as would (hypothetically) vampires. Ideals and values change, and they don't always change in tandem. And in most vampire lit there's some sort of blood bond between vampires of the same . . . bite?Then there's the other scenario in human/vamp love -- the vamp loves the human so much that they don't bite them, and you end up with two ways to go. One, human and vamp live together in harmony (rare) -- how dumb is that? An eternally young being being in a physical relationship with an 80-year old? You have got to be kidding me. Scenario two, the human and the vamp go their separate ways, filled with forever love and regret. Sorry, again dumb. Vampires can live for as long as the earth exists -- longer, if space travel becomes commonplace and we do find other planets (ooooh, spaceman vampires!). Humans live an extremely finite period of time. So maybe the human will live a life of regret for their one lost true love, but the vampire will forget in less than a century -- two centuries if the human was exceptional.Sorry, most vampire lit is retarded.That said, despite my high disdain of vampire lit in general, this book was incredibly well-conceived and well-executed. The author writes in a beautiful and engaging manner, the characterizations are beautiful and the relations between everyone are perfectly written. This is a gem in the offal known as vampire lit. (I'm looking at you, Twilight).