When a zombie apocalypse ravages the world, the vampire Rise rescues human survivors to feed his coven. But apocalypse survivors are not the type to be merely food. Nor could they ever befriend the coven’s lone human, the beautiful and pampered Cypriot.
When Warwolves, an ancient order of vampire hunters, infiltrate the rescued survivors, Rise resolves to purge all threats to his vampire race. The world, although decimated, seems ripe for rule. Rise could set history on a new path, with the rise of one individual.
Irish award-winning writer, Dixon Reuel is the author of her debut Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal novel, Rise of One.
Dixon lives and writes out of her home base in Dublin, and holds a First in History & Early Irish Studies and another First in Creative Writing. She is a lifelong nerd and devoted hobbyist of cosplay, video games, and other surely worthwhile pursuits.
Dixon cannot stand monkeys or phone calls, and to receive a phone call from King Kong would definitely be her greatest fear.
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Rise is a vampire, but quite a polite one, pottering around on the small holding he and his coven call home. Protected by ancient magic, the recent “zombie” plague hasn’t caused them any direct harm. But he feels the need to seek out any survivors and bring them home with him. This plan has serious consequences that could destroy everything they’ve built.
I feel like I’ve read a lot of pandemic fiction this year, much written before the current virus induced chaos, and each has been nicely distinct. This is an interesting take, the people at the centre of this story aren’t fully human. They’re centuries old, and require blood from a living person to sustain them.
Their understanding of what has happened is limited and they very rarely venture out beyond their fences, but what Rise seems as a need drives him out. The others counsel him to stay inside.
The people he brings home with him all have a strong impact on the household, and eventually serious trouble comes to them.
I found this book engaging, funny, smart and intriguing. It’s the first in a series of adventures for Rise, an interesting protagonist, and I imagine the rest of the series is equally enjoyable.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.