Vintage Soul (Dechance Chronicles #2) by David Niall Wilson Book Review

Write on: Fri, 12 Mar 2021 by  in Charles' Reviews Read 2855


One of the things I always had a problem with in the Classic World of Darkness (now just the World of Darkness again according to Onyx Entertainment) is the fact the supernaturals rarely interacted. Vampires generally dealt with vampire affairs, mages dealt with mage affairs, and werewolves dealt with werewolves. The gamelines were usually diverse enough that this was rarely a problem but it still seemed like a disappointing choice on their parts.

One of the things I like about The Dechance Chronicles is they're an indie series which mixes things up while also keeping the "worlds" separate. Vampires, werewolves, mages, and so on all seem to have their own societies but they do bump into each other from time to time. This keeps things from becoming the blender-mix which exists in most urban fantasy while also feeling more authentic (I hesitate to the use the word realistic in a story about supernaturals).

Vintage Soul begins with the vampire equivalent of a wine tasting with the beautiful Elder Vanessa kidnapped from under their undead noses. Donovan DeChance is almost immediately robed thereafter by a wizard who seems unable to comprehend he's not impressing our hero. What follows is a peculiar alliance with Donovan is recruited by the vampires to find their missing Elder and bring her back unharmed. The enemy wizard, whose identify remains a secret until the near-end, intends to sacrifice her to gain true immortality and the clock is ticking.

My favorite moment in the book is undoubtedly Donovan's complete contempt for the enemy and his attempts to playact the Voldemort figure. I really wish we'd gotten more scenes of him dressing him down and how pathetic it is for a real wizard to act like Gannondorf. Indeed, one of my few complaints about the book is the fact we don't get a more humiliating end for our antagonist. He seems like someone who deserved to be torn down and stomped on.

The supporting cast is pretty good as well. There's a gang of vampires who refuse to believe Donovan can be as good as he claims and who also embarrass themselves by trying to be more inhuman than they are. Their leader's name is Vein, for example. Amethyst, Donovan's occasional girlfriend, also serves as a expert on the supernatural areas our hero is weak in. We even get a crow named Asmodeus, just for fun.

I was particularly intrigued by the character of Vanessa and wish she'd gotten more development. Despite being married, I think it'd be interesting for her and Donovan to begin something as while we get to see our hero "on the clock" a lot, we rarely get much insight into his personal life. Still, I'm starting to warm to the character of Amethyst and think they make an excellent power couple.

In conclusion, I recommend this urban fantasy novel for those who like independent works. I really am enjoying the expansion of the Dechance world and I think that this is definitely a series to pick up for people who enjoy a more comic book urban fantasy world. They're mostly at peace in this planet and Donovan has to navigate the complicated relationships that keep it that way.

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C.T. Phipps

C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles".

He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Lucifer's Star, and The Supervillainy Saga.