The Lady of Serpents (Vampyricon Series #2)

The Lady of Serpents (Vampyricon Series #2)

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by Douglas Clegg
     
 

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To end the sorceress Enora's reign of terror, Aleric-prophesied messiah of the vampyre-must find the alchemist behind her power. Though that may mean unleashing Pythia, the Lady of Serpents-Aleric's old enemy, and the seductress who ended his mortal life.

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To end the sorceress Enora's reign of terror, Aleric-prophesied messiah of the vampyre-must find the alchemist behind her power. Though that may mean unleashing Pythia, the Lady of Serpents-Aleric's old enemy, and the seductress who ended his mortal life.

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The second installment of Douglas Clegg's Vampyricon saga (and sequel to 2005's The Priest of Blood) continues the chronicles of Aleric, the young falconer who becomes the "messiah of the damned" when a demonic seductress makes him one of the bloodsucking undead.

The Lady of Serpents begins with Aleric and his vampire companion, Ewen, trapped in an inescapable subterranean prison. Forced to survive for countless years by drinking each other's blood, the two are finally set free and emerge into a realm that is dramatically changed. Aleric's former lover, Alienora, is now a powerful sorceress bent on re-creating the world in her own insanely sadistic image. With the help of an enigmatic man known as Artephius ("stealer of the secrets of the immortal world, the man who had lived many lifetimes and whose sole purpose [was to] destroy god and man"), Alienora -- now known as Enora -- has created a vast empire powered by atrocity and monstrosity. When Enora captures Aleric, the prophesied messiah is faced with a fate far worse than death…

The well-trodden vampire mythos is filled with numerous classic literary works -- Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, Lucius Shepard's The Golden, et al. -- but for every singularly unique and innovative work, there are literally hundreds of mediocre and downright awful releases. Nothing about Clegg's Vampyricon saga is mediocre: He's taken a complex and beloved mythos, completely deconstructed it, and rebuilt it from the ground up. Dark fantasy fans looking for that next big groundbreaking vampiric masterwork need look no further than Clegg's Vampyricon. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441014385
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Series:
Vampyricon Series, #2
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Douglas Clegg is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of several novels of dark fantasy, horror, and suspense, including The Machinery of Night, The Hour Before Dark, and The Abandoned.

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Lady of Serpents (Vampyricon Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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It has been so long since I began reading a trilogy that's quite as remarkable as Douglas Clegg's The Vampyricon. The Priest of Blood (Book One) was an amazing medieval tale that turned to battles and vampires and ancient cities. In The Lady of Serpents, the world turns more and more toward dark fantasy as the break in the Veil brings shadow priests called White Robes to the new city, built for the Falconer's first love -- now, his great enemy. This is the most original take on the mythology of vampires -or vampyres, as Mr. Clegg puts it- that I have read in many years. The Lady of Serpents goes from the modern world to medieval France, all the way to the 'new' world. I can't wait to see how the Falconer and the tribe of vampires return in the third novel. This is unlike any trilogy I've read, and it just moves like a rocket. The last 80 pages alone is a novel by itself, set in what seems to be medieval Mexico. Usually middle books in a trilogy are a bit slow, but not The Lady of Serpents. This books is fast-paced and full of action and twists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Aleric the Falconer was converted into a Vampyre many of his peers believed he was the hero who would lead them to the Promised Land as the savior ready to battle the likes of Enora the sorcerer and her minions. However, Aleric failed at his destiny when Enora captures him like she has done to so many other Vampyres. Humiliated and demeaned, he must survive by entertaining his captor by fighting in her arena refusal means a horrific death.----------------------- Aleric knows his race is losing hope so he must find a means to escape his incarceration. If he manages that impossible task, Aleric concludes her cannot defeat the sorcerer or the power behind her reign, an unknown alchemist¿ he needs to obtain help from to destroy Enora. He knows the only individual who can provide that, his enemy who seduced him into becoming an undead, Pythia, the Lady of Serpents.--------------------------- LADY OF SERPENTS is a fascinating Vampyricon tale starring a wonderful unsure hero struggling with the need to overcome his latest round of mistakes in order to achieve what most believes is his destiny. In many ways Enora is the more fascinating character with her evil use of prisoners as slaves, ¿entertainers¿, and cannon fodder, but will admires the filled with doubts Aleric still trying against all odds. Fans of vampire epics will appreciate this enjoyable fantasy while seeking out the Aleric¿s previous tale THE PRIEST¿S BLOOD.---------------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally I would not write a review, but I feel strongly about the disappointment in this book. The author cannot make up his mind in which direction he wishes to take this character, also he cannot make up his mind on how many characters he wishes to introduce. Not only is the reader left hanging after book one, they are left hanging after book two as well. It is apparent that book two was written in a rush with little known direction. Book One was a great story with great potential, Book Two failed miserably. Let us hope for better in Book Three. Mr. Clegg please get your act together and please deliver on what was promised in the first Book 'Priest of Blood'.