Sunday Book Review – Son of the Serpent by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

 

Well, I’m finally home! Of course I have lots to write about in coming posts, but I’m going to start off March with one of my favorite reads this past month – Vashti Q. Vega’s, Son of the Serpent. This book was so engrossing and touched me on so many levels that I can only add that I kept turning the pages as Dracul’s adventures continued in his quest to find the evil mother Lilith who abandoned him as a child. I think this book could be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading Book 1 – The Fall of Lilith to get a good scope of the characters, and to get a good feel of the emotion that poor Dracul exudes because of who birthed him. A great read!!!

 

 

Blurb:

 

In Son of the Serpent, award-winning author Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts another fascinating glimpse into the dark, compelling world of fallen angels and demons, revealing more about their untold stories.

The war in heaven might be over, but the ambitions of the fallen angel Lilith reach far across the roots of history. Will there be a being powerful enough to stop her evil influence before the destruction of mankind?

Dracúl knows he is the son of Satan, but the rest of his memory has been taken from him. Alone and frightened, he awakens in a forest, beginning a quest to piece together who he is. The world he encounters is cruel, but he yearns to belong and find companionship. With each step he takes, another missing piece of his memory falls into place, revealing a truth that is ever more troubling . . .

A truth that will turn his quest for meaning into one fueled by the hot-blooded thirst for revenge. A truth that leads him to Lilith, the most wicked and ruthless of fallen angels and one he soon will have every reason to hate. His quest will consume him, perhaps ruin his life, but somehow Dracúl is determined to find both belonging and vengeance—to be good, in spite of his evil nature and the dark secrets that haunt him every step of the way.

 

My 5 Star Review:

 

This book was just as engrossing, if not, more than Book 1 – The Fall of Lilith.

Son of the Serpent begins with Dracul, son of Satan and Lilith, awakening where he was initially left to die by his evil mother, the fallen angel, Lilith. Dracul begins to piece his past life together and sets out on his mission to find his evil mother to seek revenge with plenty of twists along the way.

In his quest to find Lilith, Dracul encounters some of the other fallen angels from his past who were kind to him, forging new relationships and experiencing real life emotions such as love and hurt. Written in first person, the story is told through both Lilith and Dracul. Author Vashti Vega did a fabulous job of fleshing out all characters, taking us right into the emotions of each character through this dark, yet, heartfelt journey. We feel empathy for Dracul for his loneliness being left as an outcast and the love he is capable of despite the evil parents he was born from. We feel contempt for the evil Lilith for her greed to dominate all in her quest to conquer divine supremacy, doing evil deeds to anyone in her path. Some of the punishments she inflicts on others for self-gratification will have you shuddering in disgust – sign of some great writing!

The author did a magnificent job of tying in biblical characters and stories with these fallen angels in this dark fictional telling. An engrossing tale of good versus evil. I recommend reading Book 1 – The Fall of Lilith, to learn how Lilith came to be such an evil, power hungry entity, and how the fallen angels came to be, to gain a better understanding of how their personalities and evil traits evolved once God had evicted them from heaven. I was sorry when this book ended, but very satisfied with the ending. If I could give it more stars I would!

 

Sunday Book Review – The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz Vega # Fantasy

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today’s Sunday Book Review is about Vashti Quiroz Vega’s book – The Fall of Lilith. As you can tell from many of my book reviews, which do span over various genres, despite my addiction to nonfiction and political thrillers, I’m not one who reads a lot of epic fantasies, but was so drawn to this book for the subject matter – angels. Also, this book is like two books in one, making it quite a lengthy read, something else I don’t normally gravitate to – long books. But I was totally engrossed in this book and am now completely hooked and eagerly awaiting Book 2.

 

 

Blurb:

In The Fall of Lilith, Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts an irresistible new take on heaven and hell that boldly lays bare the passionate, conflicted natures of God’s first creations: the resplendent celestial beings known as angels.

If you think you know their story, think again.

Endowed with every gift of mind, body, and spirit, the angels reside in a paradise bounded by divine laws, chief of which are obedience to God, and celibacy. In all other things, the angels possess free will, that they may add in their own unique ways to God’s unfolding plan.

Lilith, most exquisite of angels, finds the rules arbitrary and stifling. She yearns to follow no plan but her own: a plan that leads to the throne now occupied by God himself. With clever words and forbidden caresses, Lilith sows discontent among the angels. Soon the virus of rebellion has spread to the greatest of them all: Lucifer.

Now, as angel is pitted against angel, old loyalties are betrayed and friendships broken. Lust, envy, pride, and ambition arise to shake the foundations of heaven . . . and beyond. For what begins as a war in paradise invades God’s newest creation, a planet known as Earth. It is there, in the garden called Eden, that Lilith, Lucifer, and the other rebel angels will seek a final desperate victory—or a venomous revenge.

“[A] compelling narrative that . . . strays far from traditional biblical text . . . A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

My 5 Star Review:

The tale of Lilith takes us into the world above where angels reside in God’s kingdom, then ultimately leading to the descent of many of them later on to earth as Lilith’s plotting and dire need to gain power and overthrow God’s ultimate power takes us on an incredible journey of desire, deceit and seduction as Lilith ensnares some of her fellow angels to join her on her rebellion to overtake God’s power.

The characters are exquisitely fleshed out, many of the angels and their hierarchy we are familiar with are spun into a tale of a separation of the angels – the good and the evil, chosen by their own free will. Some of these angels remain as we know them exactly for what they stand for, while in this story, even angels can behave badly by the powers of persuasion.

Lilith is a force to be reckoned with, and reckoning will fall upon her as she continues her journey after being evicted from heaven (Floraison), stubbornly refusing to give up her mission to overtake God’s creations.

The story is loosely based on the Old Testament bible and well crafted into the author’s own tale of good versus evil with vivid imagery and characters (angels) we feel compassion for as well as others we’ll find ourselves rooting for them to get their just desserts. I can’t wait for Book 2!