This is the fifth and final novel in the Drakul series. It also sets the scene for the later novel Demon Tree, which picks up two narratives. The fiendish Tree itself, and a world devastated by bio-engineering. The novel commences with Tepesch Drakul awakening and finding a new life in a new world. He is soon creating havoc as the old order restores.
Not far in the future, the Flood family is conducting salvage operation to dismantle a buried pyramidal star ship (Yar) of the ancient vampyra. In addition to an ocean of precious vampire blood, a decapitated body is discovered and the remains are High Caste.
On the journey to London, Tepesch Drakul comes to life and finds a fresh meal waiting in the hold of the transporter. He uses the identity of his victim to walk free, but finds himself in a changed world. Now, people revere Drakul and his family, but they are also dead. He believes he is the last free vampire on Earth.
Drakul wakes in a changed world
The Floods have frozen his bank accounts and locked up his enemies. His castle is a tourist attraction and a Premier League footballer occupies the penthouse. The Floods are using the secrets of vampire blood and its dark energy to bio-engineer ‘the Gifted’ at the Carbon Institute. As a result, their wealth increases every second.
The Flood dynasty
Members of the Flood family control the Institute, and effectively run the country. Isambard Flood and his daughter Marie head up the dynasty, modelling themselves on the Drakuls and espousing their aims. They enjoy the power bought through control of the blood markets. Brother David is a sadistic killer and Marie murdered her sister Hayley at the excavation site. Society divides between Ungifted and Gifted. And the Edenists, an underground movement, are trying to bring down the government and destroy the Institute. They believe that a giant silver disk will take them to the promised land.
A new life
Tepesch Drakul has to build a new life and come to terms with his new status. Living in an infested London ghetto with a stolen identity, he finds work as a private detective. Other than the occasional seduction and murder, he manages to control himself. Drakul’s partner John Carling is human and a maverick ex-military. He is wheelchair-bound following his last encounter with Tepesch Drakul in Creation. He tends to say the wrong thing and Drakul still blames him for the capture and death of his daughter Rowena. The chair has its own personality, built by Carling using Gift technology.
Carling earns the begrudging respect of Drakul but resisting his natural urges proves an endless challenge. Bounty hunters searching for ‘truebloods’ are also on Drakul’s trail. They are led by Bolt, one-time vampire and victim of demon slayer Finn Angmon. Isambard Flood restored Bolt to life.
Drakul has a difficult time persuading Carling to help. Life is already complicated enough working on divorce cases and avoiding bounty hunters, but he has no other option. In the interests of self-preservation, Drakul needs to dig up some other old friends. However, Finn Angmon is now entrapped in Vorkha form (werewolf) and whilst living with Fei Chok. Worse still, the remains of Tepesch’s homicidal daughter Angelica are in cold storage in the heart of the Carbon Institute.
Vampire priest Rul, ex-servant and teacher of Drakul is still alive. He is masquerading as Caval, leader of the Edenists whilst pursuing his own agenda. Carling, Rul and Tepesch devise tortuous schemes to bring the team together, whilst struggling to get along. Eventually they succeed, and the strange crew set off for Vasudha for reinforcements. These include the elemental Jalina, who must take human form.
The power of vampire blood has been underestimated. The Gifts have learned how to communicate with each other and the collective mind is not happy. They make contact with an Elemental known as Ajarah, imprisoned deep below the ice in the frozen planet of Jivaloka.
Ajarah is the greatest enemy of the vampyra and their goddess and creator Jalina. Able to create illusionary worlds, he learns about Earth and plans his escape, but things do not go according to plan.
Jivaloka’s inhabitants are mystical and close to nature, divided into two societies by the ice. The only land is formed by the peaks of three giant pyramids that reach from the ocean floor into the sky. Unknown to the inhabitants of ice and water, Ajarah is a prisoner deep below the ocean floor between them, where a vast silver disk lies embedded in a drowned city.
Ajarah is slowly dying and as his power over Jivaloka weakens, the ice is melting. Ancient prophesies come true as a drowned city emerges from the ocean. However, instead of arriving in Jivaloka, Finn and his followers find themselves trapped in the final dream of Ajarah. The place is Los Angeles, the year is 1953 and a giant silver disk is splitting the city in half. Edenists, vampire and slayer must play by Ajarah’s rules in a world gone insane as time runs out.