In 2021, the Vampires attacked Earth and decimated the human population. After a fierce and bloody battle, war commander John Howe led the forced evacuation of the humans to the gigantic orbiting space station Regnum, and the human refugees have been there ever since.
Then one day, General Howe’s orphan nephew, Alexander, uncovers a terrible secret about his past—and that he may be the subject of prophesy.
“Two decades later, a new kind of evil, a Falsifier, shall come unto the Earth . . .”
The boy’s world is turned upside down when Gareng, the Vampiric General, reveals his own family ties to Alexander. As the two grow closer, Gareng begins to question the wisdom of his people waging Vampiric war on the humans. But Gareng’s own son will stop at nothing to seize control and eliminate the humans once and for all . . .
“There will be a second coming of Anaxagoras, when the sun is blocked by the moon . . .”
After learning his true origins, Alexander finds himself in an impossible situation: he must choose whether his allegiance lies with his mother’s people, or with his father’s—and condemn the other to certain doom.
“In the End of Days, the Falsifier shall challenge Anaxagoras for the fate of the world . . .”
But migra is thicker than water, and as Alexander embraces his role as Falsifier, he begins to hope that there could be another way.
Can Alexander forge a peace between the two warring factions—could he and Gareng ever convince the Vampires to agree—or will prophecy reach its bloody final chapter as Earth is plunged again into unrelenting war?
|Publisher:||Two Harbors Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
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Not worth reading. Did I enjoy this book: No, I did not. It was bad. And I don't say that lightly. However, this book was just so bad. My biggest issue was the lack of development throughout the book. Everything just happened as it should...there was no conflict, no apparent thought process, no drawing out of decisions so that reader will get engrossed and engaged in what is happening to the characters. For example, when the vampire kidnaps Alex and Alex asks him to switch his allegiance, the vampire does it. No questions asked, no conflicting thoughts, no anguish or contemplation...nothing. He says sure, why not. (Those are my words based on what I read...not a direct quote.) The dialogue does not flow at all. The author uses swear words to try to make the characters seem tough but this fails miserably. Sometimes the vampires speak very properly while at other times very lax...sometimes this occurs in the same conversation. Other examples of bad dialogue: "It will pain only for about five seconds." Pain? Shouldn't it be hurt? "Then you would slowly, slowly drift." Now, this one doesn't sound wrong here but in context the character is speaking in the present and should have said "the you will slowly, slowly drift." For the most part, the dialogue and situations that the characters find themselves in are unbelievable and unrealistic. My favorite bad line in this book is: "And like the great Latin words say, 'In order to have peace, there must be war." Really?? Are all Latin words great or just these ones? And what makes them great? The order in which they are said? I think the author meant to reference a historical figure, but did not. This just had me shaking my head in wonderment and confusion. There is no real continuity with the dialogue or with the characters' names. The uncle is referred to as Uncle John, John, Howe, and General Howe. The vampire uncle is called Gareny, Uncle Gareny, and Nick. Alex - the main character - is called Alex, Alexander, and the Falsifier (which I have yet to figure out). I can understand different names for each character but there was no rhyme or reason to when or how the author used these names. Sometimes all of the names were used in the same paragraph. It made it difficult for me to follow along. Honestly, it pained me to finish this book. I kept hoping it would redeem itself in the end. SPOILER ALERT -- It does not redeem itself. Books like this make me wish that I could be a person that could abandon a book mid-read. Generally, I'm not one of those people. Would I recommend it: No, I would not. Will I read it again: No.
Has some flaws but potential for a good story! In 2021, the vampires took Earth from humanity in a violent war. The survivors fled to an asteroid secretly hoping that the prophesies of the Falsifier were true. That he would come, fight the vampire God Anaxagoras and take back earth for humanity. Alexander finds out that he is the falsifier, and now he must make a choice. Will he condemn humanity and join the vampires, fight Anaxagoras and save humanity or find a way to make peace between them. Rishabh Jain has something really good here. It’s a unique take on vampires and it’s in a science fiction setting which I’ve personally never seen before. It’s a good start and I enjoyed what I read but that’s what I feel it is. It’s a start. We got an outline of what should have been a prequel and I say that because he has so much detail in the encyclopedia-esque notes that we get in the beginning. He had the exact date of invasion and not only that but the speech the general gives before the battle. Why couldn’t we have seen a glimpse of Alex’s father? Alex asks so little about him throughout the book. It really felt as if the author just ran through that because he wanted to get to Alex but I think it would have taken care of the lack of development of some of the characters and lack of depth in the book. That doesn’t mean that what’s there doesn’t suck you in. While I wanted more, the action scenes were excellent and the mix of Christian Apocalyptic themes and the author’s own unique mythology kept me glued to the pages. The only time I was jolted out of my “reader’s trance” was when I had to read a long footnote. Footnotes are meant for small translations. Things we can glance at, say “ah!” and go back to the action. Not only did we get an outline in the beginning, but we’re getting one in the footnotes too. Those need to be implemented in the text, which would expand the story. Jain showed us he can do that, he started translating in the text near the end of the book. Honestly, I think there’s a way to make it where footnotes aren’t even needed. This would make for a more fluent reader experience. The last thing I had a problem with was the ending. The president could have at least left. The way the author has it as it stands just doesn’t seem fitting even if there is going to be another book. Will I read that second book when it comes out? Absolutely! I just really hope that prequel gets written! Thank you to Nicole at Tribute Books for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.