Thirst No. 4 Review
Author: Christoper Pike
After almost 15 years, fans of Christopher Pike’s The Last Vampire (now published as the Thirst series) were reunited with the 5,000-year-old vampire, Sita. Thirst No. 3 (released in 2010) managed to bring Sita back, though through a weak story line, to battle new forces that threaten all of humanity. Thirst No. 4 continues the battle between the Telar, the Cradle, and Sita herself. Sita is reborn as a vampire into a new body, weakened by her fledgling vampire thirst and the diminishing of her powers of persuasion. She must now rely on Umara, the oldest living being on earth and the wife of her creator, Yaksha, and the lessons that Krishna taught her to defeat an unknown evil.
I wish I could say that I loved Thirst No. 4; as much as I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to Sita 15 years ago with the release of Creatures of Forever, I much prefer that ending for Sita. The Sita that came back to us last year in Thirst No. 3 almost seemed unfamiliar to me, and it took some adjusting to appreciate her new voice. Likewise, fan favorite Seymour was a completely different person, and I didn’t care for him much at all. Fortunately, Seymour didn’t have much of a part in Thirst No. 4, which I felt made it easier for me to enjoy what is now the official ending to the series.
Despite its girth, Thirst No. 4 will be a relatively quick read for new and old fans alike. Thirst No. 4 did take me longer than usual to finish, mostly because I felt it started to drag on and on about halfway through as Sita and Cindy have a rather lengthy discussion. I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief when the long passage was over, but then after a few more things happened, the conversation picked up right where it left off. I didn’t really feel that it added much to the story as a whole, and think it could have been condensed without losing its value to the author.
I’ve read nearly everything that Christopher Pike has ever published, and I felt that technically this was some of his best writing. I particularly loved the descriptions of Judgment Day (the ferryman and the Scale that weighed a person’s good and bad deeds were my favorite) and all of the passages Pike wrote about Krishna, faith, and various mythologies.