“I had a hard time getting through it but I loved the ending!”Rebecca H wrote this review Monday, January 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As I said with my review of "Thirst No. 1", I am happy The Last Vampire series is being republished. For me, Sita is the original kick ass vampire, and this series will always be my favorite in young adult vampire fiction. I read it when it was first published in 1996, and now in 2009-2010, it has withstood the test of time for me. And what's more, I feel it can be read at different levels depending on your age and interests. Especially in "Thirst No. 2," Pike introduces many New Age concepts and different philosophies that are intriguing and that deserve further examination. But you can also read it as an enjoyable story. This omnibus is both - Pike doesn't talk down to his readers.
When I was a youngster and first reading the series, I wanted to *be* Sita. I was envious of her powers, her calm and cool demeanor, and her long fantastic life. Unlike many of the simpering protagonists of today's vampire fiction, Sita is one strong girl, and while she loves, she doesn't allow it to get in her way.
Below are my reviews for the three books contained in "Thirst No. 2," which are "The Last Vampire #4: Phantom," "The Last Vampire #5: Evil Thirst," and "The Last Vampire #6: Creatures of Forever." In my opinion this omnibus is the best way to read the last three volumes of the series, as they flow better as one book, rather than separate books.
Overall rating: 5/5.
The Last Vampire #4: Phantom, by Christopher Pike
When we last saw Sita, she had used an ancient alchemical process to transform from vampire to human. And so for the first time in 5,000 years, she is human...but is being human what she really wants?
At first it appears so. Minutes after the transformation is complete, Ray, her lover previously thought dead, knocks on the door. Together the two start a life of domestic bliss, and within weeks Sita is pregnant. Finally she will have a child, to replace the one she lost 5,000 years ago.
But her child isn't exactly human, which is quickly obvious when the child is born months before her due date. And when Kalika starts demanding blood, Sita knows she's birthed a monster. But her love for her child prevents her from killing Kalika...
"Phantom" starts a new direction for The Last Vampire series, and at times doesn't seem to quite fit with the previous books. I feel it is best to read this and the next two in the series at once, as if you were reading one book rather than three - it doesn't stand well on its own. Pike introduces New Age ideas and Eastern religions, as Kalika is actually Kali Ma. With "Phantom," Pike sends Sita on a journey of self-reflection that will carry into the next two books in the series.
The Last Vampire #5: Evil Thirst, by Christopher Pike
Back to her vampire self, in "Evil Thirst" Sita faces a difficult decision. She either has to destroy her daughter, Kalika, or give up a precious child, John, who may be the savior of the human race.
Kalika's actions in the previous novel, "Phantom," cast her as the avatar of an evil goddess, but as Sita ponders her daughter's behavior, she wonders if she can redeem her. Or is she wrong, and Kalika is right? It's a difficult situation for her, a vampire who believes in love and redemption. Can a mother's love overcome a child's evil?
Pike experiments further with New Age ideas as he transposes Sita's past in ancient Egypt with the oracle Suzama against her modern conundrum. The baby John, born to her friend after a mystery conception, is rumored to be the reincarnation of Krishna and Jesus, by a scripture written by Suzama. This may sound a bit out there, but Pike weaves a skillful and fast paced tale with all these varied pieces falling neatly into place.
I think it is best to read the last three books of The Last Vampire series in a row, and not look at them as separate books, to get the full effect.
The Last Vampire #6: Creatures of Forever, by Christopher Pike
In "Creatures of Forever," Pike's excellent The Last Vampire series goes a little wonky. More science fiction than vampire tale, Pike continues to mix New Age ideas with aliens and time travel.
Continuing with hints dropped in "Phantom (#4)" and "Evil Thirst (#5)," Pike concludes the story of Sita, the last vampire who has roamed the earth for 5,000 years. In "Creatures of Forever," she learns that in the 9th century actions of hers forever changed the future of humanity. Advanced beings from the future ask Sita if she will travel to the past and fix her wrong, so that humanity may be saved.
Without spoiling too much of the plot, this is the first time Pike focuses a novel on Sita's past. Instead of just flashbacks, the action takes place in the past and I wish it's something he would have done more - shared more fascinating stories of her life interspaced with famous historical events, or even obscure ones.
If you enjoyed Sita's story, you will be sad when this book ends. But at least Pike doesn't leave his fans hanging and does conclude Sita's story. I feel it is best to read the last three books in the series as one, instead of as separate novels, to get the full effect.
“It was a good book. It got alittle out there however towards the end. I mean its already about a 5000 year old vampire, why add different dimensions and time travel into it?”Sammi W wrote this review Sunday, January 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just noticed this, so its new to me. its kinda like night world, so i hope its as good or better. ”Jinx Lirin *~*~*~* wrote this review Friday, January 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Should be good.”AMANDA---------PANDA!!!!!!!! wrote this review Friday, January 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jan 5”Amy L wrote this review Friday, January 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It makes twilight look like crap O.o”Nicole B wrote this review Friday, December 11, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This edition is books 4-6 of a 6 book series. All books are an easy read, but the first three books of the series are a better read. The story presented in these last three books (book six in particular) lacks the cohesiveness of the first three and is a little far-fetched.”Blair B wrote this review Wednesday, December 12, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No