This is book one of Wilson’s Jerusalem’s Undead trilogy. The second book, Haunt of Jackals, is due out in August 2009 but available now for pre-order.
The title Field of Blood refers to the Field of Akeldama, where the biblical Judas hung himself. Mostly, though, that’s just a jumping off point. Gina Lazarescu, a Romanian girl, struggles mostly with her past, unaware that she’s being pursued by the Collectors, who feed on souls and blood.
Vampires. My only previous exposure to vampires of any sort was Twilight the movie (haven’t read the book, and don’t really intend to). I just don’t really understand the fascination with vampires, at all. I understand, from My Friend Amy’s review of this book, that this is not a typical treatment of vampires. That’s not surprising to me at all, but still. Either way, I don’t care for them.
I read a fair number of thrillers (of the Christian Fiction variety, especially); this is the only one I was wary to not read before falling asleep. This caution was only there in the first few chapters, but it was still a new feeling for me. I didn’t like trying to fall asleep with this book in my head — at least until I got past a certain point.
Parts of the back story are still missing, unexplained — why is Judas idolized by the undead? Who are the Nistarim and why do they exist? Those are just two examples. I don’t think this is what’s supposed to draw me into the rest of this trilogy, though.
It’s surprising to me that the history doesn’t seem to go back past the incarnation.
The prologue was a jarring introduction to the rest of the book. I’d have liked that information to be at the end instead.
I did enjoy the symbolism throughout the book — the meaning of Gina’s name, for instance.
While my experience with this book improved as it went along, I’m not ready to leap back into this story again. Maybe I really just don’t like vampires?