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Vampireology: The True History of the Fallen by Archer Brooks and Illustrated by Nick Holt

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 30

Ages: 8 and up

Publishers Summary: A Genuine and Moste Authentic Ology Long before the term vampire was born, long before Bram Stoker fictionalized this being’s ways, blood-drinking demons were banished to Earth by Michael’s host of Angels, or so the Bible describes. Now this rich, mesmerizing resource, written in 1900, sheds light on what happened hence to the three vampire bloodlines — especially the tortured souls known as the Belial. Interspersed are booklets, flaps, and letters between a young paranormal researcher who discovered the book in the 1920s and an oddly alluring woman who seeks his help.

Explore (if you dare) the true history of the Fallen Ones — and follow the fate of a 1920s investigator lured by a beauty with violet eyes.

Archer Brooks was a protector. He lived his life in search of the Fallen Ones whom we now refer to as vampires. During his time as protector he collected more information on the Fallen Ones than any other, but unfortunately it was to his detriment. Now, after his sudden death he has passed along his collection to a Joshua Kraik from London. Through his research of Brooks’ Vampireology he finds clues to the truth behind the Fallen Ones and he too finds himself in the midst of a struggle for his soul.

Vampireology is an essential book for anyone who has ever read and loved anything that has to do with vampires, especially fans of their origins. The book is set up as a journal of sorts with entire pages of facts, but little artifacts and letters taped inside. It’s quite clever and reminded also of a very elaborate scrapbook with fold out pages and even a letter tucked in the last page to pull out. Many of the letters taped within the book are the correspondence between Joshua Kraik and a Countess from Venice who claims to know the writer of the book, Archibald Brooks. It’s their continued correspondence that turns the book from a basic history book with beautiful illustrations to a mystery you can’t wait to get to the end of.

As someone who is a huge fan of the history of vampires I found the book incredibly informative. Granted, I’m not sure how much of it is actually historical or fictional, but truly how much of vampire history is based on actual factual information? Truly though, this was a treat. A pure indulgence for my overactive vampire loving mind. From the biblical references to the categories it placed each of the Fallen Ones in (which also portrayed how other paranormal creatures came into existence), this was just the book for anyone who’s ever read a vampire novel and wondered where they came from.

Filled with history and even a romantic mystery, readers of vampire related novels and history will adore this book! Follow along with Joshua Kraik as he discovers the origins of all paranormal creatures, but most specifically vampires, first hand. Learn how vampires came into being, how to protect yourself and the mythology prior to that of the popular Count Vlad or “Dracula” as many refer to him. Vampireology is a book that will have you thinking and curious even after the pages are closed, perfect for this spooky season.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 12 and up. Anyone who has ever read a vampire novel and wanted to know more about their “history” will want to read this book. (Age set higher due to some more graphic images and the mere fact that I don’t think an 8 year old would be interested. Though, I’ve been wrong before.)

For the Comments: Are you a vampire fan? Have you ever done research beyond the fictional novels you read? What did you think?

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4 Responses to Book Review: Vampireology by Archer Brooks

  1. Raquel says:

    Oh that cover. I just want to pet it. It’s so beautiful! I’m not a big vampire fan but I had some fun flipping through this book myself. Great review.

  2. Gina says:

    Oh this looks like one of those books with all the fun little facts and pull outs and such that I almost always enjoy. I blame it on THE JOLLY POSTMAN books from when I was younger. ^_^ Certainly sounds like a fun read…will have to check it out!

  3. What a gorgeous cover. Very cool find and review.

  4. Tif says:

    I’ve heard some good things about this one and I definitely want to check it out!! The cover alone could have sold me! 🙂

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