Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: The Disciple by Jemma Chase


Title: The Disciple 
Author: Jemma Chase (Gini Koch) 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Number of Pages: E Book 
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Source: Advanced Copy sent from the publisher

In the future vampires overrun the Earth, so a small cadre of vampire slayers are sent back to the pivotal moment when the vampire clans were contained to the European continent in hopes of destroying them in the past to save the future. In the mid-24th century the vampire threat is so terrible that humanity is on the run and their numbers are dwindling. The only ones willing and able to fight the vampire plague are those in The Order. In addition to creating specialized vampire-killing weapons, The Order has protected all the world’s leading scientists. They’re rewarded with the ultimate breakthrough: time travel. But there’s a catch -- if you return to your present time, your mind doesn’t come home with you. Now a select team will be sent back to the Middle Ages, to stop the vampire threat before it can spread. They’re the best vampire slayers of their day and age, but once they go a thousand years into the past they’re strangers in a strange old land. Their perfect weapons aren’t working right, their numbers are too small, and the vampires seem to know who they are. It will take the ultimate leap of faith for the team to have a chance to complete their mission -- and survive

This is such a gritty, dark Urban Fantasy story and I love it. This is not your typical vampire story. The vampires have taken over the world and humans live in fear of them. To stop them The Order sends people back through time to fight them. They are realizing though that it's not working. There are too many problems with short term trips to the past. To combat this problem they send a team back to when vampirism  started growing-the 1200s. A team volunteers to go back in time to find the source of where it began to stop it, never knowing if their mission will be successful or not. 

There is a lot of fighting, some romance and enough twists and turns where I was surprised by the ending.  My only problem with this book was that  wish it had been longer. I really liked all the members of the team sent back through time and would have liked to have seen their characters develop a bit more. I think that this book would work well as a series. There are far too few good time travel books out there. If you are looking for a different type of vampire book, then I highly recommend this one.