Review: Devil’s Dream (#1 Shade of Devil) by Shayne Silvers

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

41/50 – 2021 Goodreads Challenge


A great story that will leave you laughing with great characters and a new spin with Dracula not being the original vampire.

We all know the story of how Dracula became the first vampire, but in Shayne Silver’s Devil’s Dream, Dracula is not the first. Sorin Ambrogio is the REAL original vampire! Joined by an indigenous shaman, a vampire slayer and werewolves, Sorin is on a mission to kill Dracula for murdering his village and family. Asleep for 500 years, he’s awakened in present day New York.

“We’re approaching the dawn of a new world. Don’t get stuck watching the sunset.”

I feel like there was a huge missed opportunity to give us a bigger story of Sorin’s creation, since it is a new spin derived from the “The Vampire Bible” from The Scriptures of Delphi (you can find that story here) said to be written by the Oracle of Delphi herself. What is given is very interesting and just BEGS for more detail, and can be summed up in a few paragraphs and I feel robbed of a detailed creation story that could’ve taken up several chapters.

One of the really interesting characters, aside from Sorin, is Nosh Griffin, an indigenous Shaman of the Mohawk tribe. He helps Sorin navigate through present day New York to kill all the vampires under Dracula’s control. His powers are similar to Nightwolf of Mortal Kombat, he can summon a spirit bear that he controls to help fight off the vampires. NOW THAT IS PRETTY COOL!

Giving this a 4/5. I enjoyed the book, but the backstory just being an outline bothered me because what we were given would’ve made it sooooo good!

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