|Plot Summary of More Than Mortal|
Tor, Aug 2001, 25.95, 383 pp.
Nosferatu Victor Renquist struggles to rebuild his American based vampire colony when he receives the summons from three females of his species, including a former love. Knowing this is not a friendly visit between old friends, Victor drops everything to go to Ravenskeep Priory, England where he learns that Homo Sapiens archeologists disturbed the gravesite of Taliesin, better known as Merlin. The return of Merlin to the world means the belief that the Urshu species is extinct is no longer true.
The question facing Victor and his vampire allies is whether to kill Taliesin before he becomes a powerful wizard that could destroy the current balance of power. As the brooding Nosferatu debate what to do, power struggles and duels from within leave the group somewhat disabled as no can take charge to make the final decisions on the emergence of an Urshu.
Based on his previous novels in this series, this reviewer expected to spend time on a Nosferatu feast, but instead felt lost in the dark of an anemic plot. The background of MORE THAN MORTAL is deep so that readers understand the difference between the species and somewhat how they were “planted” on the planet. The concept of this Merlin is intriguing and the insight into the Nosferatu is quite illuminating. With all that going for it, this novel could have been the horror-fantasy tale of the year, but instead Mick Farren gives fans a tale that feels more like an in betweener novel.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of More Than Mortal|
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FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- deposing an evil leader
- unraveling a conspiracy
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- long lived adults
If magical mental powers:
- can change shapes
- mind reading
- super strength
- can fly
- is very quick
- can read emotions
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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