Vampire lore shrouds us in mystery. Are they real? Bodies mistook as bloodsuckers when, in fact, it is a natural decay? Or, a story dreamed up long ago to keep children well behaved, to prevent women from going out for a midnight stroll? Or the lust a man has for a woman? Oh, the list can go on.
Most of those stories are the same, sunlight kills, a stake through their heart, garlic to keep them at bay. We know all that, and more. It’s all the same, but few others like “Fledgling: A Novel,” by Octavia E. Butler gives us hope of a new vision of the stereotyped vampire. Bella Forrest did just that. A different take.
I love this take and the other realm she introduced us too. Not everyone will like it. We all can find something to say about why we don’t. In many places, it is slow-paced. It took me weeks to get through the beginning of “The Stand,” by Stephen King. But once I did, I couldn’t put it down.
I liked Lyra because she had a good head on her shoulders. She found things out for herself. As her being bland, maybe, but look where she was raised. She also showed us what happens when you assume and put your belief in one thing. You get blinded. Dorian showing up and snatched her away to see how life was on the other side. It is good to know both sides of the story.