Review of Cyrus Persian by Edgardo
Cyrus Persian by Holly Simpson
Over the years I’ve read many a vampire novel, from the original “Dracula” by Bram Stoker to Ann Rice’s numerous tomes. After a while their bright compelling blood hues starts to fade, as any recurring story with a recurring theme eventually must. Still vampires have had their day, or their night, as you may have it; and just as their bodies regenerate and renew, so will the vampire theme for the foreseeable future. Right now, zombies are more the rage; it remains to be seen to what literary future they will eventually stagger to.
The longevity, even putative immortality of vampires lends an ability of an author to “time travel” or proceed apace into the future as well as revisit the past. Cyrus Persian starts out as a young cavalry officer in Ancient Persia during the reign of King Darius. He is critically wounded in battle and has his life saved by a former priestess of an Egyptian Cat-Goddess. Thus begins the story on up to the present day.
This novel is at the same time, an exposition of ancient history and a psychological study of vampires. Originally in literature, vampires were mere incarnations of evil, albeit sophisticated evil, but in recent times they are given a more than cursory examination as to their inner workings.
They range from more or less voracious predators of humanity to avenging demon/angels, or what have you, to tortured and unhappy souls condemned to an indefinite eternity that can’t avoid being stripped of it’s meaning, if by nothing else, than time itself.
I can’t say Ms. Simpson delved too deep into these issues, but delve she did. The horror, the historical, and the adventure combine here, to make ” Cyrus Persian” a novel I did find intriguing as young adult fiction. The romantic element that Cyrus Persian shares with his beautiful young wife Penelope is an important element, but their relationship does stretch credulity. But how much weight should credulity have in a vampire novel when you have already stretched that credulity to it’s limits already? Maybe not that much.
Holly Simpson is married and lives with her husband Darrel in Harlingen, Texas. She has lived there for ten years. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of four.
She was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved away from the area after graduating from Lutheran High School North. She has lived in many different states but has spent most of her adult life in Texas and Florida.
She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated with honors; Summa Cum Laude.
She loves reading books, watching television and movies about history, fantasy and the fictional world of mythology, werewolves, witches and vampires. She loves history and her favorite period in history is the ancient world.