I have finished The Ouroboros Cycle: A Cautionary Tale for Young Vampires by G. D Falksen. Due to my poor concentration and busy schedule, it took four weeks, but it has a fabulous crescendo. Leaves you begging for more!
Falksen has wisely kept the lead character from the first book; Babette, now known as Varanus; following the beginning of her journey into immortality.
The chapters alternate between two exciting stories. Luka’s in the east end of London and Varanus on family business on the Yorkshire Moors. Both are equally as thrilling and full of twists and turns. The characters’ personalities come to life with each page as we learn more about them. Ekaterine’s sense of humour is infectious and lightens the gothic elements in the story.
Luka’s life in the east end of London is grimy, action-packed and gang-filled and coincides with the time of ‘Jack the Ripper’. Falksen describes the location fabulously, right down to the accents. With the help of his pub landlord and prostitute friend Cat, Luka begins to bring peace to his territory, putting a stop to criminal activity and abuse.
Varanus travels to the desolate Yorkshire Moors with Ekaterine. She must settle her grandfather’s will with her distant cousins and fight for her inheritance but soon finds they hold a secret of their own. Her adventure at unraveling the mystery is gripping.
Enter: Friedrich. Babette’s son. A medical man himself, he has followed in the footsteps of his mother. Head strong and good hearted Friedrich brings a warmth to the story, and makes an end with a stunning twist you don’t see coming.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars- I enjoyed the first book more! But it was a good read. And the illustrations are awesome!