Justin Somper's high-octane Vampirates sequence, fusing pirate adventure and vampire myth, is published in 34 countries and 24 languages. The six book sequence concludes in June 2011 with Immortal War. Justin has one of the most active and dedicated fanbases of any author, with 6000 regular Vampirates VIPs. Fans have nicknamed themselves "the Nocturnals" in homage to a key Vampirate ship, The Nocturne and have set up several fan websites. They have also launched an online petition for the books to be turned into a movie.
Once again readers can turn to their favorite series and characters as they return in a slew of sequels. PW called Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper "a gleefully quick read." In Vampirates: Tide of Terror, siblings Grace and Conner are in danger once again as they discover that a deadly traitor is aboard the Diablo. When Grace learns about the elite Pirate Academy where her brother might learn the art of pirating without losing his life, the two must decide whether they will remain on the high seas or retreat into a classroom. (Little, Brown, $15.99 464p ages 8-12 ISBN 9780-316-01374-1; June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Gr 5-9-This sequel to Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean (Little, Brown, 2006) continues after Grace joins her twin brother, Connor, onboard The Diablo, where they learn additional pirate skills. Visions of the Vampirate ship haunt Grace and she misses Lorcan, her rescuer there. She sees him in her dreams, blind and sick, and knows she must help to save him, but she doesn't know how to reach the ship. After the death of one of his best mates, Connor makes a trip to the Pirate Academy and begins to wonder if he wants to remain under Captain Wrathe or become captain of his own ship. Grace accompanies him to the academy. Connor is betrayed in a swordfight with a fellow classmate and leaves the academy rather than be pushed into the plans of Cheng Li and Commander Kuo. Grace finds her way back to Lorcan, who is wasting away by refusing to take the blood of his human donor. Piratical politics and the threat of a crew of wayward Vampirates headed by Sidorio, who was kicked off the ship in the first book, plague the seas. It is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy the second, but the story arc does move across the planned trilogy, leaving things unresolved in this volume. This easy-to-read novel moves along quickly with plenty of action, fantasy, and adventure.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.