Vampyrrhic Rites Kindle Edition
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This is one scary novel, and the frights never let up. Although the evil is vampiric, they aren't so in the ordinary sense. Lost in the midst of antiquity, a Viking settlement in what eventually became North Yorkshire flooded; the inhabitants went willingly, charged by their god and enabled to become undead. So they drowned, and inhabited the bottom of Lazarus Deep, as the lake came to be called. Eventually they await a descendant of the Viking chieftain, to lead them as an undead army, to conquer.
Accomplished author Simon Clark delivers multiple layers of frights and terrors, developing his characters in detailed depth while he virtually turns readers' hair white with terror.
David Leppington, Electra Charwood and Bernice Mochardi have all moved on with their lives after defeating the vampire army. However, all of them are having dreams of their fallen friend Jack Black. Having stayed behind in Leppington, Electra notices weird things beginning to happen. It turns out the vampires are still around and hiding in a nearby lake. Events move to all three of them meeting up again in Leppington along with some new friends. The reason for the new activity? There is another Leppington which means the vampires once again have the chance to be led into a battle against all Christians.
As I mentioned, the story builds upon the same idea as before by having a vampire army to be led in battle against all other religions. The events this time though struck me as more intense and involving. While I started the book reading it slowly (a few pages here, a chapter or two there), by the last half of the book I was only putting the book down when I had to. To me that is a sign of a good book: that I was pulled into the book so much that I didn't want to leave it.
All of the the main characters are back, including the owner of The Station Hotel, Electra Charnwood, the lovely and shy Bernice Mochardi and the, left for dead, Jack Black.
The undead, Viking army, are no longer residing under the town of Leppington. You'll now find them living, or not living, in a lake called Lazarus Deep. Through a series of unfortunate events, everyone ends up trapped, at a house by the Lake where we meet David's half-brother. It seems David's Father wasn't exactly faithful. This means David is no longer the last of the Leppington blood-line and not the only person who can lead the vampyrrhic army in their quest to destroy the world.
I know, this all sounds rather preposterous and it may seem like I'm making fun, but somehow it works. Simon Clark is a very talented writer and in his capable hands this is a very entertaining sequel to Vampyrrhic, which I felt was somewhat better.
Although, these vampires are not 100% in line with Dracula, at least they don't "sparkle". Vampyrrhic Rites