Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publication Date: September 28, 2013
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Recommended age: 12+
After his adventures at the Monster Hunter Academy (which included fighting a goblin army, befriending an ancient werewolf, and battling two fire breathing dragons), Jack Templar was hoping for a rest. No such luck. In Book #3 of the Jack Templar Monster Hunter series, Jack embarks on a quest to track down and acquire the first of the five mythical Jerusalem Stones, an ancient power found by his ancestors the Templar Knights. Only the reunited Stones can stop Ren Lucre, the Dark Lord who holds Jack’s father hostage and prepares for an all-out war against an unsuspecting human world. But each Stone is held by a different Creach Lord and recovering them will not be easy. Jack and his friends begin their quest by seeking out one of the most powerful and dangerous keepers of the Stones, the Lord of the Vampires. The fate of the world rests on Jack’s shoulders and he will be tested like never before. But true monster hunters always do their duty…come what may.
Our Reviews of Books 1 & 2
* Just click on the covers for our reviews of Book 1 (Jack Templar: Monster Hunter) and Book 2 (Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy) *
My Review of Book 3
My Thoughts: Jeff Gunhus does not disappoint with the third installment in The Templar Chronicles. I once again ignored the warning directed to the reader that comes at the start of each book in the series, hunkered down, and tore my way through Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires. From my perspective, Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires is a fast-paced, action-packed joyride that continues in the same vein as the first two books in the series. If you loved Books 1 & 2, Book 3 will keep you hooked into the adventures of Jack Templar and his friends.
As always, Jack Templar is the hero of the story, bravely leading his loyal friends, Will and T-Rex, and the cool-as-a-cucumber and fellow monster hunter Eva, on their quest to obtain the first Jerusalem stone from the Lord of the Vampires. To add to the mix this time around and to make things more interesting, Daniel, Jack’s rival (as monster hunter as well as for Eva’s affections) joins the crew on their quest. I felt that the addition of Daniel to the group was a great idea as this created an additional dimension to the group dynamics. I look forward to seeing how this dynamic develops.
As with the previous installments, the book features the Creach which come in various breeds. In this book, the focus is on the djinn or desert spirits and of course, vampires. I like how Gunhus introduces a new Creach in the djinn and gives a bit of background on the mythology surrounding them. Given their appearance in the Arabic or Islamic culture and that the group find themselves in Morocco, this felt like a great fit for the story. The descriptions and interactions with the djinn were fantastic. For more on the djinn, you can visit Wikipedia.
I am a big, big fan of Anne Rice and in particular her Vampire Chronicles. The opening scene in this book reminded me of some of the scenes from Anne Rice’s books. In Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires the story begins with a flashback to how Ren Lucre and his family are transformed into vampires. For those of us paying attention, we see that the opening scene becomes relevant as the story progresses. Let’s just say that there is a big, big revelation that will change the course of Jack’s destiny. It takes a lot to get my jaw to drop, but this was a jaw-dropping moment! Well done, Jeff Gunhus, well done! Oh, and then there’s Eva … Seriously, some of the most engaging, leaning-forward-in-bed, eyes-glued-to-my-tablet, speed-reading-to-get-to-the-end, not-going-to-sleep-until-I-finish-the-book final 50 pages I have read in a long time. Phew…
All that being said, I do have to share my opinion regarding the appropriateness of this book for children. I’ve been clear in my reviews of the first two books that the story features monsters and contains significant violence and death. I do feel that this book contains more mature themes and feels darker than the previous books. It could be because the opening scene is particularly macabre, but I feel this third book is solidly a young adult book and is not appropriate for a middle grade audience. Also, each book is getting longer! The first book is 204 pages, the second is 330, and the third is now 361. At the end of the day, I cannot imagine my 10-year-old reading this book. I, on the other hand, loved it!
My Bottom Line: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires is a fast-paced, action-packed joyride that continues in the same vein as the first two books in the series. If you loved Books 1 & 2, Book 3 will keep you hooked into the adventures of Jack Templar and his friends. The cliffhanger alone has me impatiently waiting for Book 4, so get writing Jeff Gunhus! Up next for Jack and his friends? Werewolves. I highly recommend this book as well as the previous books in the series for a young adult reading level (12+).
*** Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy was provided to us free-of-charge by the author through the Jack Templar Blog Tour organized by Kathy from I am a Reader Not a Writer in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.
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