Kurt Dale, the womanizing detective blamed for his mistress's death during Barclay's murderous rampage, is once again in hot water with another woman. This time he does not have his best friend and partner to help bail him out trouble. In fact, there is a new detective in town who wouldn't mind seeing Dale take a fall.
Risen began the tale of Francis Barclay's return to Alder Lake to avenge the centuries old murder of his family. In this spellbinding sequel, Barclay is determined to save his progeny.
Kurt and his wife Amanda are unaware that Lorna, the daughter they love, was made vampire by Francis Barclay all those years before. While they realize she is wise beyond her years, and at times a bit peculiar, they do not know their child's true nature.
When last we left Alder Lake, seven year-old Lorna was waiting patiently by the window for her blood-father's return. Her wait is now over. She has inherited Francis Barclay's luminous glowing eyes, as well as his taste for blood.
Alder Lake is once again plagued by murder. Only this time, the suspect will surprise everyone!
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This sequel was just as great as the first novel. This time Alder Lake is in danger from Lorna, the seven-year-old daughter of Amanda and Kurt Dale, who was accidentally turned at the end of book one. Lorna does not now what she is, but she knows she has a very special craving for blood. Trying to satisfy that hunger, unintentionally she does some really bad things - deadly things. However, Francis Barclay, her maker, pays one return visit from the dead to make sure his little progeny is taken good care of. While the book still spills a lot of blood, it also has some soft spots and a happy ending. While it may appeal mostly to female readers, it must definitely not be classified as romance. Again, the writing is superb, the new characters fit in nicely, and the comeback of some old ones is done in an original way. I loved the description of Francis literally being blown apart by the wind and the way Samantha could vanish and reappear in an almost magical way. While the ending suggests otherwise, I do hope the author may reconsider and let us revisit Alder Lake again some time.
When I first starting reading this I was worried becuase it’s the second book in the series and I hadn’t read the first one yet. It made no difference as the author wove in the back story seamlessly in all the right places. Imagine this. Lorna is only seven years old. She doesn’t remember much about her abduction by Francis Barclay, the vampire who wreaked vengeance on the town until he was finally destroyed.. Now she’s changing. She has a craving for raw meat, for blood. Being so small, without the strength to take down victims, she must get creative and get her blood with surprise attacks and while the prey is sleeping. Feeding off her baby brother isn’t enough and he’s so tiny she worries she’ll hurt him. Drinking from the homeless drunks in the park works for a while until something finally goes very wrong and Lorna could be exposed for what she is, or arrested for murder. Risen from the ashes, and now mostly ash himself, Francis is coming back to rescue his progeny, little Lorna. His time is short and he senses she’s out of control. She’s waiting for him, but it might already be too late. This book is so good. The writing is excellent, the back story is slipped in without slowing the reading momentum, and the characters are real. You can almost picture them. Lorna is scary. She’s just a little slip of a girl, but her blood lust makes her a monster. With no guidance, she’s vicious, dangerous. She feels no remorse for what she does to get the blood, and she’s so close to reaching the point of no return. Her mother notices her starnge cravings for raw meat and her change in character, but hasn’t quite connected the dots yet. Her father is an adulterer. A real loser. Every time it seems like he’ll follow the right path, his other brain lands him in another affair, risking losing his family. I wouldn’t have minded if Lorna had fed on the loser. New to Alder Lake, Beatrice moved there and opened a small antique shop, looking for a fresh start after her divorce. She begins a tentative romance with Detective Blaze. and she’s soon drawn into the madness when Lorna shows up at hetr door in the middle of the night covered in blood. Blaze is lead detective in the murders and sees a connection to Francis Barclay. Could the vampire have risen? Was he back? All of these characters are connected to each other through the murders that are popping up all over town. Each has flaws, some have secrets, and all of them fear Francis Barclay. I’m always looking for something new in this genre and I got it. Have you ever heard of a vampire dog? I wonder if they can turn other dogs or humans? Lots to learn. And the ending. Oh boy, it was a bonus all by itself. You’d think vampire stories would get old, but not for me. Especially with Risen II. I drained this book in a matter of hours, much like a thirsty vamp, and loved every drop of it!
Given To Me For An Honest Review Risen II - The Progeny by Krystal Lawrence is the sequel to Risen. This book will not only grab you from page one but it will hold you down on the edge of your seat and not let you go until the last page. Those pages will turn and keep turning until the end ... and when you get to the end you would wish it wasn't over. The twists and turns will take you through terror, horror, lust, love and even a little humor. Get ready to expect the unexpected while reading. Francis Barclay is back! This time it's to save his offspring ... The Progeny. You'll find some old characters back along with some new ones. The question you'll be asking yourself, will Francis be able to do the impossible? I don't really ever read books of the Vampire genre. This book is so good, I loved it. I gave this book 5 stars but it needs many, many more. It would make a fantastic gift for a friend or even look great on your bookshelf. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who love urban horror. I look for more from Krystal Lawrence. Excellent writing Krystal.