I’ve had the privilege of reading the ARC for VAMPIRE NIGHT, which has earned 5-deliciously tasty stars! (The book’s release on Amazon is anticipated in April 2020.)
If you enjoyed the camaraderie of the Night’s Watch on the Game of Thrones; the horror of GOT’s White Walkers and their Night King; and the clever humor of A Knight’s Tale (the 2001 movie with Heath Ledger), you’ll love VAMPIRE NIGHT by David N. Humphrey.
The planet of Umbria has two sides—one basked in perpetual sunlight and the other blanketed in eternal darkness. Both sides had coexisted peacefully until the necromancer Kalibar, driven by revenge, started killing the living to raise the dead in order to build an army of zombies and vampires.
The only barrier that’s been separating the light side of Umbria from the dark is The Wall.
But not for long…
Earth could steer clear of Umbria’s troubles, if only there wasn’t a travel portal connecting the two planets. What’s to stop Kalibar and his army from making the leap?
That’s why a group of religious leaders, each serving different belief systems, have joined together to travel to Umbria, determined to defeat the all-powerful Kalibar. The warriors are Roqual the Sentinel Monk, Phoebe the Druid, Eleanor the Paladin, and Wilton the Cleric. Joining them—unwillingly—is Shade, a vampire.
Mercenary Valguard wants nothing to do with the conflict or the mission. Then again, the gifted fighter—in possession of a powerful sorcerer’s teleport ring that he knows little about—doesn’t always get what he wants. This time is no exception.
To complicate their mission on Umbria, the dark side of the planet is laden with more monsters than just the undead. Add to that, some members of the team carry sinister secrets with them.
Will the team survive their own demons? Will Kalibar even be found before it’s too late? Will Umbria and Earth be saved or overtaken by evil?
A unique cast of characters must travel to a wild and scary frontier to defeat an ominous threat in order to save Earth. Talk about a huge hook for me! I was all-in and stayed engaged in the quest the entire time 🙂 !
Cast of Characters:
I love the mix of characters! Each has a different religious belief and personality, as well as wields a different weapon. But all have come together for a common mission. (At least, at the onset!) Valguard, Phoebe, and Shade are my favorites, though each character plays an important role and brings a unique talent/gift to the table.
Amid the tension and excitement, I found myself chuckling at the subtly infused humor. Like when Eleanor the Paladin thinks: “That was the great thing about raising the dead, you never had to dig a bloody grave.”
Every now and then the author interjects some wisdom (though not heavy handed) about the need for religious tolerance and the realization that power can corrupt. As an example of the latter, Valguard says, “People in charge forget they are to look after their people and not just look after themselves.” I enjoyed reading the tasty tidbits of wisdom!
Visually, I could picture the story vividly playing in my mind.
Here’s a sample: “The cracked and broken stone floor was uneven with fissures allowing smoky red light to shine up into the room from the tumbling lava underneath.”
I can see VAMPIRE NIGHT as an action-packed movie! I’d buy the first ticket 🙂
“As body parts built up on the floor, guards stepped on the wretched corpses, cracking ribs and bones, bursting dirty lung sacks with the footwork of the sword melee.”
Or how about…“…moldy heads cracking open on the stones like decayed goose eggs, covering their boots with putrid brain mush.”
Bottomline: VAMPIRE NIGHT has something for almost every kind of reader: horror, action adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and dark fantasy! I highly recommend this 5-star read! Look for it on Amazon next month (April 2020)!