In FOUND (Book #8 of the Vampire Journals), the final book of the VAMPIRE JOURNALS, Caitlin and Caleb awake in ancient Israel, in the year 33 A.D., and are amazed to find themselves in the time of Christ.
Ancient Israel is a place of holy sites, of ancient synagogues, of lost relics. It is the most spiritually charged place in the universe—and in 33 A.D., the year of Christ’s crucifixion, it is the most spiritually charged time. In the heart of its capitol, Jerusalem, lies the Holy Temple of Solomon, inside of which sits the Holy of Holies and the Ark of God. And in these streets, Christ will take his final steps to be crucified.
Jerusalem teems with people of all religious backgrounds and faiths, under the watchful eye of Roman soldiers, and their Prefect, Pontius Pilate. The city also has a dark side, with its labyrinthian streets and maze of alleyways leading to hidden secrets and Pagan temples.
Caitlin now, finally, has all four keys, but still, she must find her father. Her search takes her to Nazareth, to Capernaum, to Jerusalem, following a mystical trail of secrets and clues in the footsteps of Christ. It also takes her to the ancient Mount of Olives, to Aiden and his coven, and to more powerful secrets and relics than she’s ever known. At every turn, her father is just a step away.
But time is of the essence: Sam, turned to the dark side, has landed back in this time, too, and as he unites with Rexius, leader of the evil coven, they race to beat Caitlin to the Shield. Rexius will stop at nothing to destroy Caitlin and Caleb, and with Sam on his side, and a new army behind him, the odds are in his favor.
Making matters worse, Scarlet arrives back in time alone, separated from her parents. She roams the streets of Jerusalem on her own, with Ruth, and as she begins to discover her own powers, she also finds herself in graver danger than she’s ever been. Especially when she discovers that she is holding a great secret, too.
Does Caitlin find her father? Does she find the ancient vampire shield? Does she reunite with her daughter? Does her own brother try to kill her? And will her love with Caleb survive this final trip back in time?
FOUND is Book #8 in the Vampire Journals (following TURNED, LOVED, BETRAYED, DESTINED, DESIRED, BETROTHED and VOWED), and yet it also stands alone as a self-contained novel. FOUND is 71,000 words.
I should have known better. The eighth and last book in this series was pretty much the same as the one before it only set in a different “time and place”. UGH if I see or hear the phrase “this time and this place” written or uttered anywhere one more time it’s possible I will pull out all of my hair. I was ready for the series to be over after the fifth book, and honestly I was not surprised but highly frustrated to find that it ended as every book had before it.
Caitalin found her father, Jesus… which at this point really made no difference to me. I think I came to a point in Desired (book 5) where I stopped caring who her father was. As the books continued I was just reading them to get to the end.
Sam went to the dark side at the end of Vowed (Book 7) and I didn’t care what happened to him after that. Maybe because I had a feeling it wasn’t really over, that some how it was going to be like every other time… but I didn’t care about the conflict between the new Evil Sam and the old Good Sam. I didn’t care about the pending crucifixion of Sam and Caitlin’s father or the betrayal of anyone.
At this point in the series I really only cared about one thing. How was Rice going to wrap this thing up? So many trips to the past – and there was even a line in the book which said “Caitlin felt as if she’d entered a time machine” Ya- don’t say…
*********CAUTION I’M GOING TO TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW IT ENDS************
As I wish someone had done for me
After that I skimmed the book, I didn’t want to waste my time reading it, but I still wanted to know how it ended. So I really read the last few pages. Her father (Jesus) is dieing in her arms (because the keys she’s been collecting unlock the restraints keeping him on the cross) as her mother presents herself (Mary Magdalene) and basically tells her to drink this liquid and you will cure the world of the vampire race. You will die but you get to pick the “TIME AND PLACE” where you live and you will get to choose the people you live with…”You have to live in a world in which vampires do not exist”. so she drinks from the cup (Holy Grail) and as she feels the life slipping from her she remembers all the people all the places…bla bla bla and her last thought is “I only wish that I see Caleb again.” PERIOD
Now if you want to follow the story further Rice places an excerpt of Resurrected (Book 1 of the Vampire Legacy)in which she tells you that Caitlin is grown, Caleb is grown, Polly is alive and well, Sam is too (oh and they’re together). Scarlet is turning 16 and their big Husky is called Ruth. Rice insinuates (from what I read) that Caitlin put herself back in high school with all of these people in modern day.
You can decide if you will follow the next series – I won’t.