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Blood of Kings, The : A Novel

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  • Blood of Kings, The : A Novel
  • Author: John Michael Curlovich
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications
  • Year: 2004
  • Country: US
  • 256 pages
Warnings
  5 point scale
Nudity:3
Sex:3
Violence:4
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Description:
The University of Pittsburgh campus is anything but quiet the summer Jamie, a hunky college sophomore, feeling brokenhearted after being dumped by his first boyfriend, decides to audit a summer class on Egyptology taught by the magnetic Dr. Danilo. Several of the university's star athletes are then found murdered, their bodies completely desiccated, but Jamie has other things on his mind, as Danilo's attention turns decidedly non-professorial. Soon, he is swept up in a passionate affair with his teacher. When Danilo invites Jamie to travel with him, first to Paris and then to Egypt, the young man leaps at the chance, but in Paris, events turn sinister. At the Louvre, an exhibit of Egyptian artifacts includes a relief of a pharaoh kissing his son and successor, who bears more than a slight resemblance to Danilo. Taken alone, this means little, but a murder identical to those in Pittsburgh occurs, and Jamie begins to have uneasy suspicions. In Egypt, Jamie questions Danilo and learns of an ancient cult of kings connected by a single bloodline extending through centuries. Danilo is on a quest to invigorate this line of kings by initiating them and training them to use their power. Those who had been denied their birthright died so that Danilo might live. Now Jamie must choose whether to return to the world he has known, or to join his lover and mentor in a life of passion, power and blood.

Qvamp says:

A large premise of this story is that The Blood of Kings flows through the veins of gay men. It looks over contributions that men who sleep with other men have made over the centuries and how society has worked to prevent us from knowing about them.

The book also pointedly looks at gay men who deny who they are and who are willing to turn on others who are open, out of fear or self-loathing.

Overall, this was an amusing read. It combines some interesting elements such as an Egyptian history and mythology.

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By: Jeremy ( rainbowkidnsc@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer vampire Rating: C+    

I enjoyed the book, the romantic quality, and the minor horror involved. The one question: is there realy a relief of the 'kissing kings'? how much is true history and how much is fiction?

 

By: Steven ( steven06@gmail.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer vampire Rating: A    

I just finished this book and it was quite a good read. It quickly becomes fast paced and your curiosity won't allow you to put it down. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that nearly everyone mentioned was 'one of us' and it just didn't seemed improbable. You'll see what I mean if you read it. This book has a killer ending, quite literally. I highly recommend this novel.

 

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