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!
The Ouroboros Cycle, Book 1: A Monster’s Coming of Age Story is available to buy on Amazon
The Ouroboros Cycle, Book 2: A Cautionary Tale for Young Vampires is available to buy on Amazon
G D Falksen is a great writer. The story has depth and this book is a real page-turner. Falksen, the ‘steampunk’ writer has produced a masterpiece. I loved it from beginning to end!
Babette is the granddaughter of William, a well-known mogul in French society, who holds dark secrets. Unlike other young women of her time, she is enthralled by literature and knowledge not gowns and frills. Babette is sought after by Alfonse, a beastly colonel after her entree into society. However, she falls for Korbinian, a dashing Baron from Germany. And this is where the trouble starts.
More than anything else, this story is one of love but has excited twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing. Falksen introduces interesting character dynamics, set in a time when society kept very much to the expected. The dynamic between Babette’s father James and her Grandfather is complicated; William is disappointed with the James has become but ignores this through love and Alfonse seeks matrimony to Babette, although he cares nothing for her but adheres to his father’s insistence on the union.
There is an underlying hint of feminism in Babette’s role. She demands equality in a male-led profession, breaking societal rules by attending university and by marrying a man for love rather than advantage.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5. It is so different, refreshing and makes the reader quickly chose sides when the trouble starts.
What I also loved about this book, that every chapter has a beautiful illustration. Each one very well drawn in a dark, steampunk-ish style that complimented the story fantastically.
A lovely story, that will keep you hanging onto every word, wanting more when it ends. But don’t worry! The sequel is also available- The Ouroboros Cycle, Book 2: A Cautionary Tale for Young Vampires.