Keeva lives her life on the run, changing identities and personas. She is running from monsters she has never seen — vrykolakes, vampire creatures her father, Sandor, has told her stories about all her life.
Keeva had almost convinced herself that these monsters had all died in a volcano eruption on the island of Strongili long ago.
But, in Sherri Lackey‘s novel “The Vrykolakas Deviation,” when a vrykolakas named Severin kills Keeva’s best friend Mandy, she discovers the vrykolakes are alive and well.
Keeva knows about Severin from her father’s stories, and her first impulse is to kill him and rid the world of the evil vrykolakas. However, she feels drawn to him, and takes him prisoner, hoping to better understand the vrykolakes and perhaps better understand herself.
You see, Keeva is over two thousand years old. She doesn’t know who or what she is, but she wants to find out. In order to do that, she has to discover her past.
And Severin might be the place to start looking for a connection to the past.
Or he could be the worst mistake Keeva has ever made.
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In a recent blog post, Sherri Lackey calls fantasy her “door to reality”:
I guess I see it a different way. Fantasy allows me to communicate an idea in a fresh way. In fantasy writing I am not constrained with real world governments, societal issues, fads or trends, etc. I can build a world around an idea I want to communicate. I can create governments which oppose or support the idea I’m communicating. I can take certain aspects of human nature and blow them out of proportion like I did with the vrykolakes in my novel The Vrykolakas Deviation. The entire story can be a metaphor if I want it to be or a series of metaphors describing a worldview. Really, what’s not to like about the fantasy genre? For that reason, I think I’ll continue to write fantasy for a long while to come.
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