Think Twilight all grown up, with gothic horror, epic mythology, detailed terror and an underlying threat to the world hidden in ancient prophesies. Lucifer Rising is the third in Rebekah Armusik’s 13 Gothic Memoirs series, and the author’s tone reflects the unsettled heart of a misfit turned queen, mixing immaturity and awesome power in equal proportions. Honest concern for her fellow humans traps the mysterious queen Dija between goodhearted kindness and cruel vampiric torture, making her a constantly conflicted character while her emotions flip and change. The author’s series promises thirteen memoirs as Dija grows into her powers and, hopefully, finds salvation somewhere on a path between the religious goodness of Father, God’s absent betrayal, and the selfish cruelty of the lost. A scary tale with detailed pain and torture and much heart-searching, this novel fills in the next step of Dija’s adventure, bringing surviving characters forwards through death and death-dealing to a tear-jerker ending before the next book, and lifting parts of the veil on the past as it goes. The author jumps straight into the tale on page one, so readers should be sure to read the previous two volumes before embarking on this. Though it reminds me of Twilight, this isn’t teen fiction. The sexuality is underplayed, but sexual tensions, especially in vampiric feeding, are pretty clear, and the gruesomeness factor is high. The series is definitely episodic, and should probably appeal to those who wish their teen fantasy, mystery and heart-searching could be freed from the restraints of a PG13 rating.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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From a young age, Rebekah Armusik was a gifted and dramatic writer. By the tender age of ten, she was writing poetry and short stories that were inspired by her grandmother's tales of Slavic folklore. Even then, her poetry was rich and romantic, and it was soon apparent that Rebekah had a unique insight into the human condition — along with a style all her own. Surrounded by a culture with rich tradition, colorful family members, and a mother who was also a talented author, there was never a lack of inspiration or encouragement. Following private school, she attended King's College, where she majored in literature. Shortly after graduation she began writing Memoirs of a Gothic Soul. At first, the novel was more of an autobiographical project that centered on her eccentric Slovak family and her experiences in Northeast Pennsylvania, but soon her grandmother's stories of vampirism became the focus of the book. Before long, Rebekah's love of the romantic vampire began to change the direction of the novel and the series. At the same time, Rebekah met Eric Armusik, a romantic realist painter who had just returned from studying in Italy. The courtship was fast, and after several dates, the couple announced they planned to marry. And so, for love, the series was put on hold. After several years remodeling their Victorian home and starting a family, Rebekah went back to work on her novels. Working from the original layout of thirteen books, she began feverishly re-working the ...