A sinister vampire offers Charon a choice he can’t refuse: play a deadly game of winner takes all, losers die.Charon relishes the competition and molds himself into a sexy vampire who defies vampire law, savoring his power and embracing the role of villain. He also loves surrounding himself with hot young men. But when an alluring vampire stalks him and threatens to turn hA sinister vampire offers Charon a choice he can’t refuse: play a deadly game of winner takes all, losers die.Charon relishes the competition and molds himself into a sexy vampire who defies vampire law, savoring his power and embracing the role of villain. He also loves surrounding himself with hot young men. But when an alluring vampire stalks him and threatens to turn him into the Vampire Council unless he helps with a seemingly impossible task, will Charon risk his perfectly narcissistic life on the challenge? Does he have any other choice?...
|Title||:||The Vampire's Protege|
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The Vampire's Protege Reviews
The Vampire's Protégé is definitely not your sparkly, angst ridden vampire story.Charon is –to put it bluntly—a privileged asshole. He lives the life of a hedonist for the most part until the night he is invited to take part in a competition: only the most ruthless will survive and be granted the gift of immortality as a vampire. Above all, Charon is a survivor. He is merciless, charming, manipulative, intelligent, and self serving, and these dubious qualities clinch him a rather easy victory.Without giving too much away in regard to the plot, Charon makes the most of his new immortality and powers. Serbu has done a remarkable job making this anti-hero a page-turning entity. From his mountain-hewn palace to his male harem and his Halloween human-hunting party, this jet-set vampire prick is a guilty pleasure to read about. But his vision of unbridled vampiric existence is threatened by the rule-making council of bloodsuckers. Rules are for other people, not Charon, but the enigmatic, handsome vampire he keeps encountering all over the world is part of this group. Charon has finally found something he wants, but cannot obtain, even if he follows the rules.I hope that Serbu writes more about this jerk. I like him.
A 4.5 Star review by The Blogger GirlsI was instantly intrigued when I saw this book, and considering I was in the mood for a vampire book, the timing was just perfect. I didn’t even care that it was not a traditional romance novel. It was definitely well written, and I was literally enthralled throughout the entire book. I was fascinated.This story is written in multiple layers, beginning with Charon, our enigmatic protégé of ancient vampire, Styx, as a human. Styx is a vampire on a mission…a mission about revenge. But, for his diabolical scheme to work, he needs to find the perfect man to put it all in motion. The book belongs to Charon, but to get to his story, we must find out how and why he came to be a vampire with magical powers, thus, the need for the vampire hunger games. Styx kidnapped three men and forced them into tests to determine who would win eternal life, and who would die. Considering this book is about Charon, you assumed right that he was the winner.This book is vicious. Death, mayhem, murder, and pure evilness…just because you can. Charon was the perfect protégé for Styx, right up until the final moment of Styx’s life when he was also betrayed by Charon. Of course, once evil promotes and trains one to be even more evil, then betrayal should be expected, right? Poor Styx, I doubt even he realized the depth of depravity that was Charon.But don’t think Charon doesn’t have a heart. Far from it. What he did for his college buddy, how he treated Jordon and the boys who served him, and the fact that he may be in denial about being lonely, on the inside, he realizes it’s the truth. Our heartless vampire has a heart, after all.One of my favorite parts was the enigmatic vampire who was stalking Charon. Their interaction was hilarious and brought some much-needed levity to the story. Jaret, his flirty vampire stalker, the one who should not be able to detect him due to his magic, begs Charon to stop killing innocents, but does nothing to stop him or turn him into the vampire council. Jaret wants something from Charon and in return, he protects him…and his sadistic ways.If you love vampires, sexy times, humorous and diabolic dialogue, if murder and mayhem are not a deal breaker, and you want a well-rounded story without the strong romantic happy ending…yet, then I highly recommend this book. Personally, I can’t wait to see where Damian Serbu takes Charon from here, but whatever route he takes I will be right there for the ride.Overall Impression: I loved it!
This is a very different type of read where the good guys are the main characters. Some would say this is a dark read where the main character is the villain and bad guy. And thus far this is definitely not a love story unless the main character is in love with themselves.Charon has long ago decided the closest he will get to anyone is between the sheets. He does not trust easily and the last thing he wants to do is fall in love with someone only to be hurt by them. Being in foster care most of his life, love is the last thing he trusts so he would rather have a one night stand type of relationship with the men he is interested in.One night he meets a man that turns out to be so much more. This is the night his life will change forever and not in the hearts and romance type of way you may be thinking. This man is about to offer Charon something that he never thought was capable of being true. This offer is an offer of a game of life and death and eternal life and riches for the winner. This is an offer to become a vampire.Charon is game from the very beginning and is willing to do whatever it takes in order to win the eternal life. Charon believes that becoming a vampire is the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to him and he embraces it. He is even willing to carry out the plan of tormenting the Vampire council for his mentor. Things feel amazinbband powerful for Charon but can living without love be enough for Charon or will he embrace this lifestyle and continue on the path of destruction?This was a good read and I honestly found it to be more interesting then I originally thought that it would be. Now I cannot wait for the nxt book to come out so I can find out what is going to happen next for Charon.Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review
DNF after 40% and extensive skipping of the remainder. Half a night on this long novel, and I am done. Though no great stylist, Mr Serbu undeniably has literary chops, hence the one and a half star rounded up to two, but mayhem for the sake of mayhem does not a story make; the same thing obtains for the gratuitous multiplication of secondary characters and the rupture of dramatic illusion provoked by the, in my view gratuitous, insertion of mindless banter before and after heavy scenes or even in the midst of them. The main cast elicits precious little attachment from the reader's part; Charon is not even an antihero, as the various strands that make his personality fail in my opinion to add up into an harmonious whole (think Riddick, Cobra from Cobra Space Adventure, Vejita from the Dragon Ball universe, all of them lovable rascals despite some unpleasant traits). Indeed, what Charon resembles most is a cypher for killing and maiming and sex, if not a puppet the writer bounces around according to the needs of his plot. I really ought to have stuck with my first impression, viz. that the blurb makes little sense, that it hardly promises an exciting, cogent MM story, and that it misquotes and misconstrues a key word (for Charon is in no way Styx' protégé - the correct spelling of this French loanword, whose acute accents it reproduces -, as the both of them have little in the way of personal interactions and certainly do not enjoy friendly dealings, not even his apprentice or disciple, but his toy, his tool for revenge). The striving after a pithy title badly misled Mr Serbu.
4 Stars!Charon is pretty much the embodiment of narcissism and has very little concern for the so-called Vampire Council and their rules and edicts. He believes that people secretly desire the dark that comes with the things that are feared. So it goes without saying that he is coveted by many. Wow, what a prologue! This story pretty much clutched me in the first sentence. It's as if we are being told the legend of Charon instead of just a fictional story and I appreciated the dramatics of it. I was hooked. Now, I think it's important to know Charon/Blade is a complete jerk and extremely self-centered. He doesn't really care about hurting people, whether it be emotionally or physically. He's selfish and even when he begins to grow on you it still is glaringly obvious that this man, this vampire is not a "good guy". This IMO is not a love story at all, Charon loves only himself. Charon is in it for himself and what he can get to make himself happy, powerful and loved by all. So this is very unique. You have to forget about the stereotypical HEA and True Love. You just go with it and try to laugh at his antics while following the politics of the world the author has created. Would I recommend this one? Probably, if I knew the reader wasn't hoping for romance and a beautiful story. For most though, I'd probably say read with caution.*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Damian Serbu The Vampire's Protege1) This was interesting. The central character, Charon, reminds me a lot of LeStat De Lioncourt – Anne Rice, with his bratty self, doing things his own way with disregard for the rules. Adding witchcraft to his abilities was a cool diversion that made him unique. Interested to see this character continue.