The Foundlings is a perfect mix of vampires, Christianity, and Native American religion, but don’t let that mislead you into thinking that nothing but preaching lies between the covers of this book, because author R.M. Garcia brings us a vampire story with a new sense of depth.
It turns out that not all vampires are created equal. All members of the undead belong to a specific Bloodline, with each line granting different powers and affecting vampires in different ways. Thrown into this world of bloodsuckers are Donnie and Abbie, two people who exemplify the very definition of soulmates with the strength of their love for each other. I have to give Garcia a lot of credit for being able to create two characters who are so hopelessly in love, without crossing the line into being sickly sweet or so perfect that the illusion of reality is undone.
Characterization was handled very well, with the main characters and supporting characters having a lot of depth to them. I was also impressed with the attention paid to some of the finer points of the story, such as how Donnie and Abbie handle leaving their lives behind after becoming vampires. As is pointed out at one point in the book, technology makes it very hard for someone to just disappear and it was refreshing to see that aspect of being a vampire addressed.
I also loved the idea of different Bloodlines having different attributes and tastes. All members of the Reich have blonde hair and blue eyes, even if they didn’t when they were alive, and one group of vampires is made up of children who only feed on children because they can’t handle the blood of adults. Amongst all these other Bloodlines, comes Donnie, a vampire who seems to have all the strengths and none of the weaknesses of vampires… but Donnie is unique for a reason, and it’s a reason that will test him in more ways than one.
If you’re a vampire fan, then you should try The Foundlings. While the book works well as a standalone, an opening is left for a sequel and I really hope Garcia continues the story because the upcoming confrontation that’s hinted at sounds just as good as the one that takes place in this book.