Son of the Serpent (Fantasy Angels Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Dracul arises in a cave and discovers that he's encased in a demonic body. He's filled with agony and confusion as he pieces together his memories to determine how he arrived there. In a painful and shocking epiphany, he realizes that he is the son of Lilith and that Lilith had tried to kill him. He vows to find out what happened and avenge himself. On this bloodthirsty journey, he faces death, destruction, and betrayal. People, encounters, and events further cement his determination for revenge. The author breathes new life into a host of fantastical characters, often from Biblical settings. Their lives and stories are familiar, yet enshrouded in darkness.
What I found most striking about the book was the depth of its darkness and morbidity. Vivid, gory scenes of slaughter left me uncomfortable, but totally engrossed. Lilith's sections were almost unbearable. Scenes of Lilith's cruelty towards others was always accompanied by a fascinating glimpse into her psyche. There's a lot going on in her and just a surface glimpse was enough to leave me mesmerized. It's been a while since I encountered such a well-portrayed and dislikable antagonist.
Dracul was just as well-written. His struggle to be good in the face of his own destiny was oddly inspiring. To fight where he came from, to whom he belongs, and the core of his being- his pain and loneliness were palpable. The ending was unexpected, but upon consideration, entirely perfect. Maybe it's not inherent to him, but it's clear that Dracul is a good creature.
The Biblical settings and references provided a whole new perspective on the worn-out stories. From angels to Cain and Abel, the otherworldly features heavily in this book- and not always in a favorable light. The Biblical events portrayed from a first-person and real-time perspective were super imaginative. I think it would be difficult to assign a genre to this book. Although it is set primarily in a fantasy world, the dashes of horror, romance, and the occult would make it an interesting read for nearly anyone. The world created by Vashti Quiroz-Vega is totally immersive. I was glad for the escape from reality and I would definitely visit again." -LITERARY TITAN
From the Author
Complex and well-drawn characters round out a creative and horrifying fantasy." --Kirkus Reviews
- File Size : 5278 KB
- ASIN : B07HS4C3B7
- Publication Date : November 9, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 288 pages
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1947475037
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #727,697 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Angels, fallen angels, transformed creatures, and half-angels populate this twisted and often dark fable. The main character feeds like a vampire and has a monstrous serpent form and a humanoid form. His parentless upbringing makes him irresolute and prone to moods of anger, during which he often kills things. The prose does not descend into horror, but violence both physical and mental abounds in the pages of this book.
Quiroz-Vega's writing voice is as unique as her bold and twisty talespinning. If you haven't sampled her writing yet, do it. If you love it, then, happily, there is more in the Fall of Lilith. While you won't be lost, you'll get more from the Son of the Serpent if you read Fall of Lilith first.
I loved how the author pulled stories from the bible and effortlessly wove these characters into the major game-changing scenes of history. The seamless story-telling shows that the author did her research to make sure the story held true to its historical depiction while also allowing her characters the flexibility to shape those moments in time.
I cannot wait to read book three, Gadreel's story. After reading this book, I'm even more excited to read it. I highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys well-written stories with cleverly crafted characters whose struggles will make you fight for their survival and success. :-)
Dracul’s name gives the reader a hint as to how he must survive – by draining the blood of animals for sustenance. Being all alone, the young man craves love and attention. He sets off in search of his mother, trying to understand how she could abandon her child.
The novel, written in the first-person, fluctuates between Dracul’s viewpoint and that of his mother, Lilith. At first, I thought this perspective was limited, but on further reflection, I realized the author’s motivation.
Most Bible tales are not told in the first person. Instead, they are retellings of past events, written by someone who was not present when the incidents occurred. However, this author chose to tell her story from the perspective of Dracul and his mother. In this way, the reader has the opportunity to understand the (perceived) character’s feelings and motivations, as if they were walking alongside them. I found this attitude to be refreshing.
The reader also takes a deep dive into the psyche of a creature conceived by two demon parents. Initially, Dracul is drawn toward the light instead of the dark, setting up great tension in his quest for justice. His pain accelerates, and eventually, he becomes obsessed with vengeance.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this tale is all love and light. The story is dark as pitch even as it skillfully weaves in characters and events from the Bible. I thought the ending was spectacular!
Some of the characters from the first book appear in the second book, tying the storyline together. My advice: read book one first. I highly recommend both books!
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
The clearly depicted damage created by Lilith in all her dark guises and the empathy and acceptance craved by Dracul are beautifully crafted. Dracul searches for meaning and purpose in his existence then spirals into his craving for vengeance.
This author is unafraid to explore the dark side whilst still allowing her readers a small measure of hope to offer a brief respite from the raw edge of ‘Lilith’.
This book involves the reader from word one and doesn’t let up. It is both stunning and relentlessly readable. A marvelous way to kick off my reading year.
Top reviews from other countries
I read Book 1, The Fall of Lilith some time ago and reviewed that too.
Son of The Serpent can be read as a standalone novel but I would recommend that you read book one and two to follow the story through its many wonderful moments. It is well worth it.
This is for you if you if you are a mature reader who likes dark fantasy with a biblical slant and aren’t put off by shocking aspects such as: Dracul’s mother Lilith inflicting horrible payments to cure loved ones of ailments, plus some vivid and disturbing sexual scenes too.
Highly recommended for the fluency of Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s captivating writing, the breadth of her imagination and engrossing characters.
My rating: 5+ stars plus I am marking as a favourite on Goodreads.
I read the first in the series, The Fall Of Lilith and really enjoyed the story, and was excited to read this sequel.
I was NOT disappointed!
We follow Dracule, son of Lilith and Satan, abandoned as a babe by his mother - his father disappeared.
Reading about his struggle to control the evil that appears to be within him, and trying his hardest to always do good was a page-turner.
I loved the familiar biblical characters that were woven into the story, giving a different sense of realism to the mythical story.
You really should read, not just this, but the first book too!
Satan and Lilith. He is abandoned and almost left for dead by his Mother after Satan meets his fate. This is a masterpiece of his travels, loves and hates while he searches for a place to belong. This tale sends you on a journey as you live and feel the emotions and conflicts that Dracul experiences throughout the book. What will happen when Dracul finally comes face to face with Lilith? Amazing book, I recommend you read the first book “The Fall of Lilith” but I actually think this book works on his own as you get a sense of Lilith’s Character within this book.