In Anticipation: The Renfield Syndrome

Last year, I was encouraged by one of my Goodreads peeps' review to read a book entitled Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (thanks Michelle R!). The friend had gushed about its awesomeness, from the interesting cast and dark tone to the engaging plot line. I read it and was similarly enchanted. Fortunate for both of us is the fact that it was just a series opener! The follow-up, The Renfield Syndrome, is tentatively set for release during this summer. Here's a taste of what it's about.
     Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she’s about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.
     Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things; including those most trusted around her. When she’s faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she’ll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.
     After all, when it’s all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.
Now, I was wrecked upon finishing Undead…; wrecked in a good way, that is. By now, many know that the book ended with a doozy of a cliffhanger. Whether one likes that or not, it made for some exciting drama! The events therein will clearly have a profound effect on the focus of the second book. Protagonist Rhiannon is starting from scratch: she's lost, disoriented and in need of assistance (whether she knows it or not).

The cover for this book is fantastic. The background should give some clue as to what Rhi's got facing her. And speaking of fading…I dig how Rhiannon's face is not shown. It provides a touch of intimidation and gravity.

It so happens that the first book has been redesigned in a style similar to the second, and will accompany the re-issue of the book. You'll find below the original art next to the redesign. Which style do you prefer; the more photo-realistic original or the slightly hyperrealistic re-design?

Original
Redesign

The Renfield Syndrome is currently expected to be released in August 2011. 

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