For the Love of Reading–Book Review: Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

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Now that I am a self-published indie author, I very much appreciate book reviews! In the world of blogging, I am honored to know a growing number of indie authors who are self-publishing books. My goal on this blog is to review at least one book per month. You will find the reviews on my page, For the Love of Reading.

Today, I introduce Author Tina Frisco’s newest book Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire. 

Author Tina FriscoFrom the Author

I always have been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came to mind. As many of you know, a valkyrie is one of a host of female helping spirits of the god Odin in Norse mythology. Depicted as both loving and bloodthirsty, valkyries decide who lives and who dies in battle. They also assist Odin in transporting his favorites among the slain to Valhalla, the hall where he houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. In my novel, Valkyrie becomes Vampyrie and Valhalla becomes the Haven.

Book Description

Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? VAMPYRIE brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.

This book is available on Amazon



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Normally, I am not a fan of vampire or other “monster” genre stories, but when I read the book’s description, along with Frisco’s idea for the book, I was intrigued. Plus, I am fascinated with the Viking myths. As I read this, it reminded me loosely of an old 70s movie, Frankenstein: The True Story, which told the classic monster story from a psychological and scientific point of view.

Author Tina Frisco offers a compelling and realistic view of the origin of vampires. The characters in Vampyrie are believable, although their penchant for keeping secrets delivers the story slowly, like the peeling of an onion, but with good results. The inexorable development of the heroine, Phoebe, is satisfying to see as she comes to grips with her past and her true identity.

This is not your average horror-genre vampire story, complete with bloody fangs, but a scientific, what-if story that is guaranteed to draw the reader into its paranormal plot with a sci-fi twist. Frisco’s writing is on-point, snappy and consistent. This is a page turner that will hold a reader’s interest for hours! What the Twilight series did for paranormal romance in the world of vampires, Vampyrie does with a realistic, medical explanation for the origin of the vampire.

You can find more of Tina’s books on her wonderful blog


54 thoughts on “For the Love of Reading–Book Review: Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

  1. paulandruss

    I had read Tina’s own words about her fascinating thought process re-imagining vampires from a scientific and psychological view point. Your review not only reinforces her underlying ideas but adds fascinating insights, effortlessly tipping a hat to science via Vikings and Frankenstein and catching its gripping pace. Some great lines too. Particularly liked – like the peeling of an onion, but with good results. Great review!

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  2. Terri, this is a terrific review of Tina’s book and I’m intrigued. You give an excellent explanation how you see the book and I’m interested to learn that this is scientific paranormal take on the genre with sci-fi thrown in! I’m hooked! 😀

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  3. Terri! What a terrific review! I couldn’t have hoped for better. If this weren’t my book, I’d be hopping over to Amazon right now to buy it. And what a thrill to be aligned with the Twilight series. My book aside, it’s a pleasure to read such a well-written review. I’m delighted to know it will stand out as such. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Vampyrie, and for posting the review to your blog. I’ll be reblogging over the weekend 🙂 💖

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    1. Tess, maybe all of us with overloaded TBRs should rent an island and go on vacation for a couple of months, without access to any media. We could read, write reviews, and be all caught up by the time we return. Of course, there would also have to be beach parties, exotic drinks, and karaoke 🙂 ♥

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  4. So many of our myths were created because of our need as humans to make sense out of things we couldn’t explain (medical conditions, natural phenomenon, evolution, etc.). Although I haven’t read Tina’s book, it appears that she has looked behind the myth to tell her story. I really like that approach. Nice review, Terri.

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