Sarah Field lives alone with her dad, a teacher at her school. The two of them share a close bond and, unusually, both have the same birthday, which they also share with Sarah’s grandfather, who died when Sarah was small. Sarah knows very little about her grandfather, and her dad insists on keeping it that way.

However, one night, Sarah finds her dad acting in a mysterious way and also hears strange noises after her dad has gone out. Sarah’s friends come to the rescue to help her investigate, and they make a shocking discovery. Someone is living in the attic! And that someone is none other than Sarah’s grandfather! But, this is no ordinary grandfather…

With the discovery of her grandfather comes the question as to whether Sarah has the power to give life to the amulet – the Telum Deos – that will help to fight the forces of darkness.

This was a pretty quick read and easy for me. The plot was fun and interesting to explore, though I wish it was a little more fast paced.

Sarah and her father have a great relationship, even when fighting the live is easily seen. I also liked Sarah’s grandfather and how he interacts with the family. I especially enjoyed how Sarah found out about her grandfather though a series of flashbacks.

The plot is uncomplicated, making it a good novel for middle grade young readers.

My only criticism had more to do with not being a part of the target audience. The characters were too numerous and one dimensional to me. I also had some problems with how bouncy and somewhat shallow the dialogue was.

Overall this was a nice, entertaining read about a world where Dracula exists and evil is always there to be fought against.

Russell Parker was born in Bountiful, Utah. As his father was safety manager he had to move around until his senior year of high school, when he came to Cache Valley, Utah to stay. He married the most wonderful woman in the world and they are the parents of four fantastic kids, with one crazy dog. Russell played all kinds of sports and was an outdoors man until an accident brought him to writing. A writer since high school, encouragement brought his stories to life.

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