(Cover picture courtesy of The Book on the Hill.)
Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.
Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life.
Oh no! Christopher Pike had a female vampire as his main character, but guess what? She was a real vampire. Yes, a blood-sucking, cold-blooded killing machine who has almost no regrets about murdering people in order to survive. Not only is Sita a real vampire, she has an amazing backstory and, in the context of urban fantasy vampires, it is a believable one. No, it’s not a science origins vampire story, but it is interesting and Christopher Pike created an interesting world around it.
I think Sita is proof of Loren Estleman’s statement in his book on writing that characters don’t have to be sympathetic, but they have to be interesting. She’s hardly sympathetic in the beginning, but at least she is interesting. As she grows throughout the three books that make up Thirst No. 1 (which were originally published separately), we begin to see an almost human side of her. Sita falls in love, confronts her past and begins to look to her future and even though it’s a slow character arc, it’s believable.
The plot moves along pretty quickly because the three books that make up the volume are less than 200 pages each. However, being a book about real vampires, Thirst No. 1 is extremely gory. I would not recommend it for young audiences, especially because of the gore and sexual content. But despite gore that seems almost unnecessary, Thirst No. 1 is a good book that overall, I enjoyed.
I give this book 4/5 stars.