3 out of 4 stars
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The Witch of Endor : Vampires is an entertaining fantasy novel written by R. K. Wheeler.
Lilith is different. She can talk to dead people and she exhibits magical abilities. These manifestations prompt her parents to move to Endor. Then, Lilith falls in love with a handsome and mysterious man whom she only sees at night. Her infatuation and growing suspicions regarding his whereabouts compel her to spy on him. She discovers that he is a creature of the night who drinks blood. He is Lamech, the first vampire, afflicted by a curse as a consequence of killing Cain who killed his brother Abel.
Lamech survived the Great Flood and is searching for someone to keep him company for all eternity. She willingly joins him in eternal night and they live happily and peacefully, until Lilith gives birth to a gorgon child, Medusa.
An unfortunate incident occurs while the family is fleeing King David’s troops. Lilith and Medusa end up in Greece where Lilith starts a coven. Meanwhile, another vampire, who can walk in daylight and can command werewolves, is hunting down all the other vampires. His ultimate purpose is to rule over humans as a god.
Told in the third-person perspective, this is an interesting and entertaining book that explains the origin of vampires. It combines biblical stories and Greek mythology, mentioning specific events like the Great Flood and King Saul’s battle with the Philistines, and specific creatures like gorgons and satyrs.
This is the first book I have read that depicts Lilith in a positive light and I think the author did a great job with it. Lilith is portrayed as a protective mother with strong maternal instincts. She loves her children and she protects her coven as best she can, and it is apparent that her children and the members of her coven love her, too.
The book has an intriguing premise. The plot is unraveled by alternating flashbacks and narration of present events. I find the author’s use of Cain’s curse quite creative and the descriptions of scenes, especially of battle, are well-done. Important characters are well-developed especially the Queen of the Damned and the rogue vampire.
On one hand, the most important part of the book, for me, is the explanation of the origin of vampires and of other various creatures. I, personally, find it convincing. On the other hand, what I like most is the depiction of irrelevance of choice in the story, which is totally applicable in real life. While it was not Lamech’s choice to be a vampire but a consequence of a curse, Lilith chose to be a creature of the night. Either way, both live accordingly.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this book a lot. However, there are several noticeable errors within the entire book including misspelled words (drug instead of drag) and typo errors (Able instead of Abel). Furthermore, I’m not much into cliffhanger endings and that’s probably what I like least about the book. Opinions, though, may vary depending on reader’s preference.
I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is poignant and entertaining. I recommend it to those who enjoy myths, legends, and fantasy novels in general.
The Witch of Endor: Vampires
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