Musings of Asmodeus Saxon-Tang from The Fifth House of the Heart

30 Jul 2015

Asmodeus Saxon-Tang in Ben Tripp’s The Fifth House of the Heart is my personal favorite vampire hunter of all time. A flamboyant antiques dealer- turned vampire hunter, Asmodeus, “Sax” to his friends, is getting older, slower, and more stubborn. Determined to end up as the winner of all bidding wars of which he deigns to take part, the book begins when Sax bets beyond his budget to win an antique clock from a similarly determined adversary. Who precisely was his antagonist, and why did she care so much for this gilded piece of porcelain? Sax has a hunch that leads him from Italy to France to Germany, picking up comrades along the way. Interspersed with trips down memory lane, the pacing in The Fifth House of the Heart is as on point as Sax’s wit. Below we have collected some of our most favorite quips from Sax. 

On Books:

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On Style:

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On Food:

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On Logic:


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On Modernity:


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On Hunting Vampires:


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Chloe is a Professional Book Nerd. She loves big words, big books, big dogs, and big adventures.