Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst and Creatures of Forever (Thirst #2)
What Alisa has desired for five thousand years has finally come true: She is once again human. But now she is defenseless, vulnerable, and, for the first time in centuries, emotional. As she attempts to reconcile her actions as a vampire with her new connection to humanity, she begins to understand the weight of lifeand-death decisions. Can Alisa resolve her past and build a new identity, or is she doomed to repeat her fatal mistakes? REVIEW: “The Last Vampire 4: Phantom”After five thousand years, Sita/Alisa is finally human again. And pregnant. But will it be an angel or a demon?With the introduction of Kali/Kalika the reader may make hasty judgements as to her purpose in being born. Indeed, exactly what kind of creature can be conceived from the womb of a vampire? It is interesting to watch Sita’s daughter grow and interact with society–leaving you wondering what she might be or do.Perhaps it’s the undercurrent of Eastern philosophy, the paradoxical dualism Pike presents in nearly every story but one does conclude that in Pike’s world, the situation often (at least at the outset) seems to be one of good versus bad, just like most children’s stories. But this is soon shattered by the complicated truth that situations and people aren’t usually good “versus” bad. It’s that the good is the bad, and the bad is the good, which cancels them both out and thus we see gray.“The Last Vampire 5: Evil Thirst”
The agony of fulfilling one’s purpose without outside thought interfering with ones ego, is hard–most especially if it is your own daughter you’re trying to kill in order to save humanity.
The conflict between mother and daughter is completely gripping: you learn to hate Kalika although at the same time you love her. The more you hate her the more you’ll learn to love her. For the reason that she takes almost totally after her mother.
This addition to this series would’ve been quite exceptional where it not for the inclusion of the barely believable introduction of the Sethians from the time of Ancient Egypt. Oh if Pike had only decided to cut that from the storyline and left it with only the predictions of Suzama as the supernatural element!
“The Last Vampire 6: Creatures of Forever”
I started reading “The Last Vampire” series when it first came out, and I remember checking the bookstore every time the next installment was going to be available. Although I’m an adult now (but I was a preteen when the series started), I’ve still re-read most of the installments. It’s truly amazing how Pike manages to flesh out such a complete characterization.
Another amazing thing is how each installment ties in so fluidly with each other and yet they stand alone with their own plot, be it her story with Ray or Joel, or her daughter.
I haven’t re-read this one, “The Last Vampire 6: Creatures of Forever”, in awhile, but I was a bit disappointed at the end. Although it was a very well-written book I wished it wouldn’t have ended the way it did. I don’t want to give it away, but I did get the feeling of “she went through all of this then for what?” I wish the last paragraph was left out, basically. Pike probably ended it the way he did because it was the only way to end the series without being tempted to continue on. Still, it’s great escapism. If you’re a young woman, you will identify with Sita, and it’s incredibly easy to imagine yourself in her situation.
I love the wit and humor Pike uses. He doesn’t pander to the lowest (or youngest) common denominator plus the writing is every bit as good as any “adult” novel I’ve read.
You might be disappointed after reading this, if only because you’ll wish there were more to the series. Although it was terribly sad story, I felt happiness for Sita at the end, for she got what she wanted. I think that its brilliant that in a way the ending is the beginning.