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Vintage Soul

By David Niall Wilson

Author’s revised edition

Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. When, despite the finest in natural and supernatural security, a sexy and well-loved, three hundred year old lady vampire is kidnapped right out from under her lover’s nose, Donovan is called in to investigate.

He soon finds that there is much more to the case than a simple abduction when an unknown intruder invades his home and steals a very rare, very ancient manuscript. There will be no ransom for the kidnap victim, and if Donovan doesn’t prevent an ancient, forbidden ritual from reaching its culmination, far more than a single vampire’s undead existence will be at stake.

Calling on his lover and partner, Amethyst, and an odd assortment of contacts, informants, and connections, Donovan follows the ghostly trail of the kidnapper through a winding maze of intrigue-always a step behind-through magical battles, murders, and confrontations with a rogue band of young vampires intent on beating Donovan at his own game.

Vintage Soul is a dark urban supernatural mystery with a hint of romance. Set in an underground society, a city within the city of San Valencez, California, it opens portals to the unknown darkness that surrounds us. Fast-paced, strewn with clues, investigation, and magic, this is a book sure to slake the appetites of fans of mystery and the supernatural.

Welcome to the darkness; welcome to The DeChance Chronicles.

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1 review for Vintage Soul

  1. C.T. Phipps

    One of the things I always had a problem with in the Classic World of Darkness (now just the World of Darkness again according to Onyx Entertainment) is the fact the supernaturals rarely interacted. Vampires generally dealt with vampire affairs, mages dealt with mage affairs, and werewolves dealt with werewolves. The gamelines were usually diverse enough that this was rarely a problem but it still seemed like a disappointing choice on their parts.

    One of the things I like about The Dechance Chronicles is they’re an indie series which mixes things up while also keeping the “worlds” separate. Vampires, werewolves, mages, and so on all seem to have their own societies but they do bump into each other from time to time. This keeps things from becoming the blender-mix which exists in most urban fantasy while also feeling more authentic (I hesitate to the use the word realistic in a story about supernaturals).

    Vintage Souls begins with the vampire equivalent of a wine tasting with the beautiful Elder Vanessa kidnapped from under their undead noses. Donovan DeChance is almost immediately robed thereafter by a wizard who seems unable to comprehend he’s not impressing our hero. What follows is a peculiar alliance with Donovan is recruited by the vampires to find their missing Elder and bring her back unharmed. The enemy wizard, whose identify remains a secret until the near-end, intends to sacrifice her to gain true immortality and the clock is ticking.

    My favorite moment in the book is undoubtedly Donovan’s complete contempt for the enemy and his attempts to playact the Voldemort figure. I really wish we’d gotten more scenes of him dressing him down and how pathetic it is for a real wizard to act like Gannondorf. Indeed, one of my few complaints about the book is the fact we don’t get a more humiliating end for our antagonist. He seems like someone who deserved to be torn down and stomped on.

    The supporting cast of Vintage Souls is pretty good as well. There’s a gang of vampires who refuse to believe Donovan can be as good as he claims and who also embarrass themselves by trying to be more inhuman than they are. Their leader’s name is Vein, for example. Amethyst, Donovan’s occasional girlfriend, also serves as a expert on the supernatural areas our hero is weak in. We even get a crow named Asmodeus, just for fun.

    I was particularly intrigued by the character of Vanessa and wish she’d gotten more development. Despite being married, I think it’d be interesting for her and Donovan to begin something as while we get to see our hero “on the clock” a lot, we rarely get much insight into his personal life.

    In conclusion, I recommend this urban fantasy novel for those who like independent works.

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