5 Epic Vampire Novels: blending magic and science

Summary

Drawing on the Irish legends of Fionn mac Cumaill, the five epic vampire novels pay tribute to Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Count Dracula whilst mixing magic and science fiction in a unique blend. The novels cross time and space, visiting extraordinary worlds that share an ancient magic whilst facing great changes.

Legendary demon slayer Finn Angmon has a surprise – he’s turning into a werewolf. Life is complicated enough given his history with estranged vampire king Tepesch Drakul and his seductive daughters, and Finn’s enduring love for Shaolin warrior Fei Chok. Finn is a central character – powerful, eternal, single-minded yet compassionate and down-to-earth. Each novel teaches Finn something new about himself as he fulfils his destiny.

Novel 1 Creation

Opens on Earth in the present day. Tepesch Drakul seeks to restore his lost empire by combining modern science with dark magic at the sinister Carbon Institute. Drakul’s man-eating daughter Angelica is on the rampage, leading Finn to call upon the spirits of four fallen warriors to help fight the modern-day evils of the Institute.  Running through Creation is the turbulent romance between Finn Angmon and Fei Chok, ultimately destined to become witch-queen of the planet Vasudha, home world of the Vampyra.

Drakul is also attracted to Fei, but with tragic results as she becomes vampire and is held prisoner in Castél Drakul. There she finds an ancient space-time portal created by the vampire priests and travels back to the Crusades, where she becomes part of Tepesch Drakul’s demon army, and in Jerusalem meets Finn and his four knights for the first time. She also discovers that Saskia, eldest daughter of Tepesch, is about to give birth and Finn is the father and witnesses the subsequent slaying of the child.

Fei’s knowledge will change the future and lead to the death of Tepesch Drakul at the hands of Angelica Drakul, so her unborn son Angelov can rule.  At the end, unable to control her vampire nature, Fei cannot stay with Finn and leaves him for Tibet.

Novel 2 Gateway

Gateway sees the discovery of a second space-time portal by a marine research vessel sponsored by one of the Drakul companies owned by Angelica. Trapped inside the coffin-shaped device is Vadhul Drakul, bloodthirsty father of the late Tepesch, who had him buried alive long before human civilisation.  Vadhul reawakens and seduces Andrea Estevar, one of the female researchers before assuming her fiancé’s form. He is determined to take back his kingdom and reopen the portal to Vasudha, but is thwarted in his first attempt and escapes with Andrea.

The captured device has to be transported by sea to the Carbon Institute in London. Vadhul takes control of their honeymoon cruise ship with heavy losses, where he is joined by Angelica and her son Angelov.  Finn is persuaded by the Institute to fight the demon ship, but must first bring back Fei from exile. The ensuing war is fought on and below the sea.

Angelica is badly wounded and captured but Angelov escapes through the portal and seizes power on Vasudha, after which the first invaders appear on Earth and test the Earth’s defences whilst political intrigue and infighting leaves Earth vulnerable. Finn thwarts the invaders but Fei and Saskia Drakul are both taken to Vasudha, leaving Vadhul to seek revenge on Finn.

Novel 3 Invasion

Invasion, third of the five epic vampire novels begins on the planet Vasudha.  Fei and Saskia are captured by a tribe of the Aayus (a magical canyon protected by white magic) and after a series of trials, Fei is chosen as the new Jananii (witch-queen and leader), but Angelov has already seized power and proves a cunning and brutal ruler as he seeks to reinstate the glory of his own race.

On Earth, Finn has to come to terms with the loss of Fei and the unstoppable changes as he becomes Vorkha (werewolf).  Angelov lives in fear of Finn and sends an assassin to kill him and free Angelica but instead, Finn follows Angelica to Vasudha.  There, legends come true as Finn tries to prevent Angelov from seeding the Earth with vampire blood from a magical starship, a giant sentient pyramid fed with blood.  To do so, Finn must give the Vasudhan people the secrets of sword making and lead them into battle as werewolf, riding a giant scorpion.

Following an epic war that involves all of Vasudha, Angelica steals the star-ship and Finn follows.  He finally defeats her, but both are captured and held in the Institute for over twenty years of experimentation and torture.  Meanwhile, Fei Chok remains on Vasudha and raises Finn’s child, Oisin.

Novel 4 Empire

Empire sees Finn escape from the Institute and return to Vasudha with a large section of the Carbon building.  With Finn are a group of thirty survivors he must help endure the terrors of the Vasudhan swamplands and the dusk-storm whilst searching for Fei.

Oisin, wayward son of Finn and Fei, has discovered that an invasion by a Zilon hive is underway that could destroy them all and the warring tribes must unite to defeat their terrible enemy.  A cataclysmic battle follows as a volcanic eruption coincides with the Vasudhan night, whilst Oisin discovers his love for Wanda, daughter of a desert king. In desperation, vampire priests resurrect the father of Vadhul Drakul and his warriors, but he betrays them and the Zilon are only defeated after a terrible battle. Finn must face the giant Zilon queen and her earthborn daughter alone and almost dies. Wanda is chosen to be the new witch-queen, replacing Fei and she marries Oisin but takes away much of Fei’s power, after which she and Finn are banished to Earth.

Novel 5 Arisen

Arisen, the last of the five epic vampire novels opens on a future Earth. Through an accident, Tepesch Drakul returns to life and must come to terms with a bizarre new world. The ancient adversaries are gone and his bank accounts have been frozen. The castle that Finn once destroyed has been rebuilt as a tourist attraction, the  penthouse apartment bought by a Premier League footballer. Vampire blood has been analysed and the secrets of dark energy have been stolen and commercialised, used to bio-engineer ‘the Gifted’ by the fully privatised Carbon Institute. The country is an autocracy, run by the Flood family who model themselves on the Drakuls, even taking their appearance.

Tepesch must build a new life and come to terms with his new status. Living in one of the walled London ghettos with a stolen identity, he finds work as a private detective working for John Carling,  paralysed by Tepesch Drakul many years earlier (during the first novel). Carling has a mechanised chair with its own personality, built from Gifts. He is involved with the Edenists, believers in a giant silver disk that will take them to Eden. The Gifts are out of control and seek out a new leader. They find Ajarah, greatest enemy of the Vampyra. He is held prisoner below the sea floor of Jivaloka, a frozen world with two races of people who live above and below the ice.  To prevent his escape, Tepesch will need the help of some old friends and enemies, but Finn has become a full-time werewolf, Fei is almost human and Angelica’s remains are kept on different floors of the Carbon building. The illusionary world Ajarah creates for his final showdown is Los Angeles, the year 1953 and his prison is a giant silver disk. Meanwhile, the ice on Jivaloka begins to melt.

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