My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of the best written vampire novels I have read. A real pleasure after having waded through so much tripe elsewhere.
GRRM knows how to write, and how to plot.
The main character in this book isn’t really a person at all… it’s a steamboat, the Fevre Dream. It is built by a Captain, and his strangely pale partner. Together they take to the river, getting involved in trying to set fast times and race other steamers.
Things hot up when it becomes obvious that the pale partner has night-time interests. He is hunting for others of his kind. And when he finds them, we get to some of the most vicious vamps in literature, along with their equally vicious human “pet”
The characters are all vividly drawn, especially Abner, the steamboat captain who just wants to be on the river, in a big boat.
And GRRM has enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader interested through until the end, which comes with a perfect grace note. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
They really should make this into a movie.