Deamhan (Deamhan Chronicles Book 1) by Isaiyan Morrison

Deamhan (Deamhan Chronicles Book 1) by Isaiyan Morrison, 287 pages, 2nd Edition, May 9th 2015, Genre: Metaphysical/Occult. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

Meet Veronica Austin. She’s the daughter of Darth Vader the President of the Midwest Division of a fanatical organization with super shady intentions towards mortals, vampires, and Deamhan alike. They’re known as The Brotherhood. Her mother, Caroline, went missing when Veronica was a small child. Veronica is searching for clues to what happened to her mother. Her quest flies in the face of what her father wants and embroils her in the dangerous world of supernatural beings who both admire her resolve and bravery, and want to eat her.

Veronica’s father loves power and prestige more than anything. I’m fairly certain he’d do anything, sacrifice anyone, to maintain his power in the order. I never got the sense that his daughter was more than a thorn in his side to him, a thorn that’s in a place where pulling it out will hurt more than just leaving it alone. It’s commonly believed he murdered Caroline. He never shows any sign of mourning or regret. What he is good at doing is sending the worst possible choice to try to stop his daughter from finding out the truth about her mother’s fate, i.e. “Sean” the guy who secretly carries a torch for Veronica and is known for breaking the rules of the Brotherhood regardless of personal consequences. Naturally, Sean helps her find the truth and he abandons the Brotherhood. Sean is loyal to Veronica, even taking on a job pretending to be her dad’s spy while secretly plotting to help her instead. Sean’s a good friend and hopes to become something more to her.

I admired Veronica’s tenacity and determination. Her dedication to finding the truth about her mother was a shining beacon she clung to like a ship lost on the tempest-tossed sea. She possessed the bravery-almost-stupidity that I like in a mortal hero who’s surrounded by human-eating, powerful supernatural critters. Veronica isn’t foolish enough to not be afraid of them. She is afraid of them. She knows fear won’t do her any good and acts in ways she feels will aid her in her quest.

I was confused about why Veronica felt researching the burnings of sanctuaries would yield information about her mother, as this was never explained and it didn’t lead her in the right direction. Other than that, the plot was well-paced and intriguing. Overall, the plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages.

If you’re looking for an original spin on the ancient myth of vampires featuring a relatable and strong female protagonist, Deamhan is the book for you!

You can find this book at Deamhan.

Other books in the series include:

Kei: Family Matters (Book 1.5)

Dark Curse (Book 2)

Deception (Book 3)

Divination (Book 4)

Book Description:

Deamhan have survived by remaining hidden in the shadows. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, and Lugat have been overshadowed by what humans know as the modern vampire. But what if vampires aren’t the real threat?

One woman’s search for her mother who disappeared without a trace on the streets of Minneapolis takes her into the precarious world of Deamhan, psychic vampires who rule the underground nightlife in the city’s most darkest corners.

She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it s her own father, president of a ruthless organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust.

About the Author:

A veteran of the Armed Forces, Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minneapolis.

Her passions include writing, reading, and researching historical events.

She also spends her time gardening, playing video games, and hanging out with her three cats and beloved pitt bull.

She’s the author of The Deamhan Chronicles and the novel, Old Farmer’s Road.

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Assiyah Rising (Part One) by T. H. Ansz

Assiyah Rising (Part One) A Novella, by T.H. Ansz, 122 pages, June 24th 2017, Genre: Science Fiction/Metaphysical. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

Lt. Michael Grant is randomly chosen to be involved in the greatest revelation thus far granted to mankind: we are not alone. Michael works with Jennifer Smith, an attractive NSA agent, to bring in a bland, banal American civilian, Todd Miles, to meet the President. Everything is veiled in secrecy as it becomes apparent to Mike that the President doesn’t trust everyone in the chain of command. The message is revealed: We are not alone, aliens have been observing humanity for some time now, and they have an even more important message to deliver to the world leaders at a UN summit at a scheduled time and date. Mike’s superior orders him to put together a team to determine if the aliens are friend or foe, and what weaknesses they may have in the event they’re hostile.

I enjoyed that the aliens understood the sad but true state of human nature. They knew that the only way we’d ever stop destroying each other and work together to make the world safer and better is if we’re unified against a common foe. Without a common foe, we devolve into national, religious, and political tribes hellbent on destroying each other politically or literally (or both). If we cannot subdue this violent aspect of our nature, will we eventually destroy our own species? Our own planet? The theme is the central focus of this story.

In one scene, the President thanks Mike for making an outburst earlier in the scene, however it was the general that made the outburst while Mike passively observed. This confused me. Other than that, the novella flowed along well in a straightforward, third person style. As this was a shorter work introducing the reader to the beginning of a larger story, the characters are in the early stages of development and self-revelation. The primary viewpoint, and most defined, character was Mike.

Ansz’s Assiyah Rising was an entertaining, relatively quick read. It’s a promising start to the series and I’m interested to see where the author takes the story and characters.

You can find it at Assiyah Rising (Part One).

Book Description:

Assiyah (ah-see-YAH): Noun. The physical world we currently live in. A world of action. The fourth and lowest realm of existence. A place where the Creator hides from its creation. (Kabbalah)

A young Army intelligence officer, an NSA agent, a physicist, a DARPA biologist, and an unassuming man from the Midwest are swept into a powerful current of events cloaked in secrecy and driven from the very top of political power. They soon discover an intelligence that has descended upon the Earth, forcing humanity to reconsider their position in the world and in the cosmos itself.

Monoland: Into the Gray Horizon by E.A. Minin

Metaphysical, Philosophical

Monoland: Into the Gray Horizon by E. A. Minin, 223 pages, February 6th, 2017, Genre: Metaphysical Fiction. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

What is death? In this new book by E. A. Minin, we follow a young recently deceased soul named Owen through his lessons in Purgatory, the Gray Horizon, where things are neither colorful as in life, nor light or dark as in what’s above and below. The best, most vibrant souls who lived life to the fullest go up when they die, while the ones who’ve been dead shells walking and caused others to have less joy fall below. Everyone else ends up in the Gray Horizon.

Minin does an amazing job of expressing his immersive world of the dead. The world is shown to us through the lessons Owen must learn as he follows his ‘curator’ Dizz. We learn the Gray Horizon is a place where you take on tasks given to you by a colorless bureaucracy in order to ‘level up’. It’s particularly sad seeing Owen have to help his mother let go of him once he’s died. Afterwards, Owen gets a stamp on his ‘passport’ and more areas of the afterlife open up to him and he moves to level two. Owen learns about the various jobs and abilities that members of Purgatory have. Owen has a difficult time navigating relationships and understanding the motivations of the souls he encounters. In many ways, the land of the Gray Horizon isn’t much different from our own.

Owen makes various pronouncements throughout the book, such as “Death is Absurd”, “Death is frank”, “Death is bureaucratic”, all the way to the final one: Death is the boss. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy metaphysical and philosophical questions about death and the afterlife.

This book can be found at Monoland: Into the Gray Horizon.