The Swordhand Omnibus : My Swordhand is singing/The Kiss of Death Paperback
In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in the inhospitable village of Chust and settle there as woodcutters.
When a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's drab existence is turned upside down.
He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, intoxicated by their love of life and drawn into their deadly quest.
For these travellers are Vampire Slayers and Chust is a dying community - where the dead come back to wreak revenge on the living. Years on from My Swordhand is Singing and Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen.
His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets.
The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation. Hers is the kiss of death.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 05/05/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781444002768
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Review by wyvernfriend
Interesting historical novel about vampires. Two stories that are technical sequels and a short story between comprise this book. The first book is My Swordhand is Singing, a story of a boy. Peter and his father, Tomas who go to a small village in eastern Europe and discover that there is an evil in the village feeding on people. The dead are restless and many of the historical vampire myths are used here. There are secrets and lies and messy social complications.The second book is The Kiss of Death where you discover the story of the Shadow Queen over the course of the story and you also see Peter again. Marko is sent to Venice to see what is happened to his father and Sorrel is a local girl whose father Marko's father went to try to help heal. They get caught up in the Shadow Queen's plots and attempt to take more lives.Interesting series, using the legends well.