Vampyre Labyrinth: Dust Blood By GP Taylor Published by Faber and Faber ISBN 978 0 571 22696 2 Award-winning British author G.P. Taylor had brought chills and adventure in Shadowmancer, Wormwood and the Mariah Mundi trilogy. A year ago, Taylor took readers into the Vampyre Labyrinth, putting vampires back where they belong in fiction, sucking blood in the shadows. The romantic, handsome and misunderstood vampire hero is not for Taylor. Vampyre Labyrinth takes inspiration from the greatest vampire novel of all, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Taylor sets his series in the northeastern English port of Whitby, which also appears in Dracula. Taylor is onto a winner with the Vampyre Labyrinth. Redeye, the first novel, sets up an appealing teenage hero, a thrilling plot and enough spooky characters to fill a crypt. In Dust Blood, young Jago Harker is trying to come to terms with his new life at the mansion Hawks Moor. A madman is on the loose, killing anyone with vampire blood in their veins. Jago's friend, Biatra, is a vampire, and it is only a matter of time before the mysterious hunter discovers her secret. Jago must find the magical 'dust blood' that can reverse Biatra's condition, but an enemy needs Jago's blood for very powerful purposes. As in Redeye, betrayal plays a big role in Dust Blood. Jago is stabbed in the back by almost everyone he trusts. Jago finds he is alone in his fight against evil. Taylor has been criticised for making Vampyre Labyrinth so dark, but he is right to do so. Rich in character and setting, this tale of supernatural double-dealings is Taylor at his unnerving best.