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Blood Brothers

Novel by Brian Lumley (England) 1992.

First in the Vampire World trilogy, sequel to the Necroscope quintet begun by Necroscope (1986) itself; to be followed by The Last Aerie (1993) and Blood Wars (1994).

After finally being defeated by Harry Keogh in Deadspawn, the wamphyri of Starside are no more and the Szgany can live in peace. But now it seems that there were more wamphyri at Turgosheim beyond the Great Red Waste and some have come to live in the last wamphryi aerie in Starside. Meanwhile Harry Keogh's twin sons Nathan and Nestor are growing up. When the wamphyri destroy their village, Nestor is kidnapped on one of the invaders' flyers. But he crashes hard, causing him to suffer from amnesia, remembering only his rivalry with his brother for the love of Misha, a Szgany lass; and certain childhood games in which he was Wamphyri Lord Nestor. He thus heads for the last aerie, in Starside. When Nathan wakes up, it seems that the wamphryi have stolen his mother, his brother and his childhood love; and he vows to destroy them. He is helped by the mystic Thyre race, who help him to develop his fledgling telepathy and deadspeak.

Although the Necroscope series was a five-book saga that covered other ground as well as horror, it was also five individual stories that were connected as a series, and they were all predominantly horror. With the sequel series Vampire World, these distinctions can not be made. This huge book is merely the first part of an even larger work and there is no end to the plot within these pages - the reader will have to read volume two to find out what happens. This is far more incestuous even than its predecessors; it starts as a sequel to Deadspawn, continues as a prequel to the whole Necroscope series and Deadspawn in particular, and then begins in earnest as the first in a new series. Also, in typical Lumley style, whole novel-length chunks of this huge book are unmistakably fantasy rather than horror. Probably the biggest concept Lumley has tackled thus far and it took an extremely large page count to cope with it.

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