Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep.
Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?
In some ways, this review is almost unnecessary: tie-in books and comics are basically created for existing fans. They don’t make a huge effort to introduce you to the characters, and while the stories themselves are complete, they will always feel like a small piece of a greater whole. It’s not unfair to say that those completely new to the books would just be complete lost, or at best, they’re never going to get as much out of it as a fan. That said, that doesn’t mean fans don’t deserve a good tie-in, because we are spending money on them and tie-ins do have a history of being uneven, let’s say. A good example is the recently ended Vampire Diaries comic. Some issues felt like they could have been expanded into the show proper, others felt like they were stories planned for other comics and just had the names changed to fit characters from the show.
So how does this fit in it?
It’s pretty good, actually.
The story focuses on the period of the decade after the arrival of the Original family in New Orleans, a time not really explored on the show, and for the most part, it’s solid, if relying a bit too much on the trope of Rebekah falling head-over-heels-in-love within moments of meeting a character. She always got the short end of the development stick on the show, and I’d have liked to seen her get some more depth here. It would be been a great place to do it, given that the show has always focused on the brothers more than her. But still, it was still less annoying that Klaus of all characters falling into a bit of insta-love. Over time Klaus does feel more like Klaus, but I would consider it the weak point of the novel.
Ultimately, the three siblings (as a reminder, Finn and Kol are daggered) get equal time, the book expands the universe in a way that’s believable, and is an easy, fun read. It’s a all you can ask from a book of this nature. If a fan picks it up, they should be pleased. I know I was.
Verdict: Providing you’re a fan, Buy It.