Throughout my academic career, I have read snippets of this book. A chapter here, a few paragraphs there. Normally, it was an activity set by one of my English or Writing classes in high school and college. And although I enjoyed O'Brien's writing and could feel his pain tugging on my heartstrings, I have never had the opportunity--or courage--to read the entire book. I decided to change that this summer. I ended up reading this entire book in not only one day, but one sitting.
In this seemingly normal story about a couple of body snatchers from Glasgow, Scotland in the late 19th century, David Craig takes us on a terrifying and unexpected journey fraught with creatures from a nightmare. Foley and Hunt wind their way through coverups and mystery, kidnappings and brainwashing, even murders, all simply so they can go back to their normal, mundane lives of scrounging up enough money to take to the bar at night and keep Foley's pharmacy open during the day. But when they begin to uncover the secrets of the Sooty Feathers Club, their lives can no longer be "normal." Now, Foley and Hunt have to fight for their lives with the help of the age-old Templars and a woman with a grudge. Will they be able to beat back the evil penetrating Glasgow? Or will they end up as a Vampyre's midnight meal?
In the Ottoman Empire, the vampire Queen rules with absolute control. The human Sultan is under her constant compulsion and she has turned all of the officials into Ubir. But are all of the Ubir happy with this? There may be a plan afoot to depose the Queen... Timur is an orphan Ubir, with no recollection of being human. He fears himself, his Ubir curse, and attempts to get by with as little blood as he can to survive. Emel is a mischievous human girl of marrying age, set to marry the son of a detestable woman. However, Emel and Timur alike are drawn to each other, ever since their chance encounter that day in the streets. Can they stay apart? Can Timur afford to remain away from her and her blessing of relieving hunger?