I may be 24 years old, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I LOVE children books. Seriously, if you look at my bookshelf you’ll find some super naughty adult vampire books and right next to them are the Spiderwick Chronicles (including the field guide… I’m a dork). So when I hit up the used book store a few days ago, you can guess how geeked out I got over finding a vampire series for kids, a series I have never heard of before – Vampire Plagues by Sebastian Rooke.
There are three books in the Vampire Plagues series, the first being London, 1850, about twelve-year-old Jack Harkett, a street urchin living on the London docks. When a merchant ship sails into port one evening, he sees it as a chance to get some food and money. But something is amiss – first off, a flock of enormous black bats flies from its hull, and second, there’s only one living soul on board, a young stowaway named Benedict Cole. Jack and the wealthy Ben have little in common, but once Jack hears Ben’s story about an ill-fated expedition to Mexico and the vampire plague that’s followed him back, the two boys find themselves on the same side of a deadly battle.
The second book is Paris, 1850 and once again follows Jack. Jack wants to believe it was all a dream, that the vampires are gone. But he isn’t so sure. That one voice still echoes in his mind – the voice of a vampire god promising to return. Jack’s friends Ben and Emily say it’s just his imagination, and while he wants to believe them, he can’t. London may be safe, but a strange sickness is raging in Paris. A familiar illness that leaves its victims drained of blood.
The final book is Mexico, 1850 and Jack and the gang are back again in a battle against the undead. This time the vampire god has managed to secure nearly all the pieces of a powerful amulet that will give him power beyond imagining. There’s only one piece missing, and it’s in Mexico. So Jack, Ben, and Emily must go to the Yucatan peninsula, in hopes of finding the missing piece before the vampire does.
Have any of you read these books? What did you think?