Vampirates: Dead Deep / Tide of Terror

Vampirates - Tide of Terror

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Vampirates is a fantasy/horror series by Justin Somper. It is set in a future where the seas have risen, covering most of the Earth and causing a resurgence of piracy. The first novel, Demons of the Ocean, was published in 2005 and was followed by Dead Deep (2007), Tide of Terror (2007), Blood Captain (2008), Black Heart (2009), Empire of Night (2010) and Eternal War (2011). For the purpose of this review, I will be primarily looking at Tide of Terror.

Set three months after the events of Demons of the Ocean, Connor and Grace have settled into a life aboard the pirate vessel, the Diablo. While Connor embraces his destiny as a pirate, Grace is more reserved. She still misses the vampires that she has left behind – particularly her friend Lorcan – and is torn between wanting to stay with her brother and her desire to go back to the Vampirate ship.

When a raid on a rival ship goes horribly wrong and a pirate is killed, Grace fears that Connor will one day meet the same fate. With the help of Cheng Li, she manages to arrange for Connor to visit at the famed Pirate Academy in the hope that he would chose to remain there in relatively safety.

However, far across the ocean, trouble is brewing. Grace has started having visions of the Vampirate ship and sees that more and more vampires are rebelling against the Captain, deciding that they would rather kill indiscriminately than maintain a passive relationship with humans. To make matters worse, she learns that Lorcan has been refusing to drink blood since her departure and is gradually growing weaker. Seeing her friends in trouble strengthens Grace’s resolve. She knows that she must find a way to help them. The only question is how.

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