Celeste is the first volume in the Books of Insanity series by KT Pinto. Celeste DeCumpania is the illegitimate daughter of Julius Caesar or so it is believed. She was born and raised in a Roman army camp that followed her father through Italy. She learned to fight under the tutelage of Roman soldiers. Marc Anthony took an interest in her well being and convinced Celeste to spend time learning to be a lady and sent her off to learn from Octavia, her niece. During that time, Celeste’s father is murdered and Octavian, her nephew, becomes Emperor. This is just the smallest bit of the history of Celeste and sets the scene for the many events that follow in the first book as we follow Celeste from Rome to Egypt to Greece and beyond in both her mortal and immortal lives.
Celeste is a terrific dark fantasy novel. KT Pinto has written a richly detailed story. The vampyre society/hierarchy is incredibly interesting. The setting of the novel is historical and is nicely done. The major characters are multidimensional and well developed. Celeste is fascinating as she copes with life before and after she becomes a vampyre in a world dominated by men. Celeste uses sex both as a weapon and a gift. She is an incredibly strong woman/vampyre though she is certainly not without flaws, one of which is caused by her vampyric sire. Celeste is sometimes vicious, sometimes amusing, often sarcastic, but never dull. This is a novel that I would read again. I give it 4 ½ Tombstones.
“Tell us a tale … or die.”
Her voice sent chills down my spine and caused my breath, such as it is, to stick in my throat. What story could I possibly tell that would entertain this audience? I finally decided I would tell them the story of my life; it was the only thing I could remember accurately … especially since, at that moment, I was seeing it flash before my eyes.
So, in a slightly wavering voice, I began to tell them the tale of Celeste, a part of which you are now holding in your hands. This is not verbatim–I can honestly say that I did not have the presence of mind to be as witty or articulate when standing in the Court of the Dark Fae as when I sat down to write this in the safety of my own home; but the spirit of it remains the same.
Do what you will with this story. Regale your family with bits of it while sitting at the dining room table, scare children with it while on a camping trip, or set it on fire and roast marshmallows over it, it really doesn’t matter. For in some dark place, on a dark night, the Unseelie Queen listened to my tale and set me free … and that’s what truly matters … to me anyway.”
- E-Book and Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (July 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594263876
- ISBN-13: 978-1594263873