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Reign: The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar

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An enjoyable, condensed epic fantasy with paranormal tones and a cast of interesting characters

Synopsis

Supernatural hybrids. The wrath of the Devil. Can three chosen by God win the war against darkness?

Reign knows he was never supposed to exist. The impossible fusion of a vampire and a spirit wolf, the powerful shifter’s life is a divine miracle. But when the city of Florence is robbed of its memories, Reign stands between the innocent Italians and a hellish demise.

Teaming up with his bonded packmate and a young wizard, Reign storms the Tuscan capital to bring down the possessed mob leader. And with the Heavenly battle raging against Satanic gangsters, the God-chosen crossbreed must risk his own inconceivable life to annihilate the forces of evil.

Can Reign survive his ordained mission to save the world from damnation?

Reign: The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar is the extraordinary first book in the Silver Blood Knight paranormal vampire series. If you like epic conflicts, unexpected revelations, and unique twists on supernatural creatures, then you’ll love Carol McKibben’s out-of-this-world tale.

Carol McKibben is the author of several paranormal series, including the Snow Blood Series and the Moon Blood Series.

Now and then, a supernatural crew has to come together and do some damage. That is the premise of Carol McKibben's Reign The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar. The titular main character, Reign, is a freak of nature in the author's paranormal world full of all types of beings. Of course, something has to go wrong, and it does in spades.


Reign and his crew must wage a battle against satanic gangsters (you read right) for humanity. The book has many plot twists and turns the author uses to try and keep readers on edge. All the intrigue comes with an epic, hero's journey-type overlay, pretty much what a lot of paranormal/fantasy readers seek in a story.


I was ready for a nice, quick paranormal read, but the author packs a lot in about ninety-nine pages. It was a little much at times. For example, there is a whole family of characters with names that begin with Z. At times, I had to backtrack to tell between Zeb, Zandra and my elbow.


She does provide some description that helped, but at one point, I felt like, enough! Here is that point:

"Zoltan shrugs and touches my head...

Zylon polishes off the other leg bone of moose...

Zeno, Zane and Zindel join us..."

That was all one page. Hold up. There is more:

"Zeb searches James's face...

Zachary interjects..."

(insert scratch head emoji)


Although somewhat tiring, the name game didn't detract too much from the story, and I was engaged enough to finish the book. I think many readers won't mind it all that much, not if they're looking for an under two-hundred page read, which is why I selected the book. I wanted a short read to enjoy between meetings and some heroes to cuddle up with before going to sleep. Reign suited that purpose nicely.

Reign's role as the book's storyteller is an interesting one. I don't want to give too much away, but I haven't come across the style in a while. It was a nice departure, and I am not a first-person POV fan.


Readers looking for a condensed epic fantasy with paranormal tones will probably like Reign, the first book in the Silver Blood Knight series.

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I have a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, an M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. I am an adjunct instructor, writer and content editor. I have a strong background in literary criticism and have been reviewing books for several years.

Synopsis

Supernatural hybrids. The wrath of the Devil. Can three chosen by God win the war against darkness?

Reign knows he was never supposed to exist. The impossible fusion of a vampire and a spirit wolf, the powerful shifter’s life is a divine miracle. But when the city of Florence is robbed of its memories, Reign stands between the innocent Italians and a hellish demise.

Teaming up with his bonded packmate and a young wizard, Reign storms the Tuscan capital to bring down the possessed mob leader. And with the Heavenly battle raging against Satanic gangsters, the God-chosen crossbreed must risk his own inconceivable life to annihilate the forces of evil.

Can Reign survive his ordained mission to save the world from damnation?

Reign: The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar is the extraordinary first book in the Silver Blood Knight paranormal vampire series. If you like epic conflicts, unexpected revelations, and unique twists on supernatural creatures, then you’ll love Carol McKibben’s out-of-this-world tale.

Carol McKibben is the author of several paranormal series, including the Snow Blood Series and the Moon Blood Series.

Reign The Assault of Lucifer Morningstar - The Silver Blood Knight Series-(Book 1) - CAROL MCKIBBEN

PROLOGUE

GAMINO AND LUCIFER

Vito Gamino raged against the world. The head of the Italian Mafia sat in his palatial estate in Sicily drunk with grief.

Tears streaming from his eyes, he raised his hefty body from his gold brocade chair, picked up a Waterford Marquis crystal glass, and pitched it into the marble fireplace of his den. “Damn God!”

Three years had passed since he had lost his entire family—his wife and two young sons—to the zombie plague while they were visiting Florence. Yet, his anger and grief weighed on him like a heavy blanket he couldn’t shed.

“What kind of God would turn an entire city into a herd of zombies? Why had I let Marina and the boys go alone?”

Gamino’s mafioso family had at first thought he’d married the young, beautiful model out of ego. They had wondered how she could possibly have been attracted to the stubby, balding mob boss, except for the money and power it brought. They had soon realized, however, that this odd couple truly adored each other.

Gamino whirled around, picked up another expensive glass, and hurled it into the fireplace.

His servants and henchmen, afraid to be in his presence when he was in one of his frequent dark moods, hovered outside the door.

“Damn God! Damn humanity!” He launched an entire crystal decanter filled with Loch Ness Blended Whisky into the fireplace which shot out flames upon contact.

“Yes, let’s do so.” A deep, sinister voice spoke behind Gamino, who whirled in surprise. His intoxication flooded away at the sight in front of him.

The man was beautiful. The strong facial structure framed by long golden hair enhanced the bluest eyes the mobster had ever seen. They gleamed with cold malice.

Gamino stepped back, almost losing his balance. “Who? What? How did you get in here?”

At his question, the henchmen outside his door attempted to enter only to be pushed back with a wave of the beautiful one’s hand. The door they’d tried to open slammed back into them. Their bodies, along with that of the servants, fell and they were dead before they hit the floor.

The full lips in the handsome face smiled at the gangster. “I think you know.”

“No, no, I don’t. Satan wouldn’t be beautiful.”

Satan suddenly transformed into a menacing horned creature with scaly red skin, a sharp, pointed tail, long claws, and yellow catlike eyes.

Gamino rushed toward the den’s double doors when the man’s words froze him.

“What is it you desire most in this world, Gamino?” Just as quickly, the intruder reverted to his handsome demeanor. “Your lost family, perhaps? What if I told you I could restore them to you?”

The mob boss whirled around, his eyebrows raised. “What? You couldn’t do that.”

Lucifer Morningstar smirked. “Of course, I could. I’m the one that took them from you. Didn’t you know?”

Gamino clenched his fists, let out a growl resembling one of a hurt animal, and charged, stumbling toward the devil. “Damn you!”

Lucifer halted the man in his tracks with a flick of his wrist. “I started the plague to challenge the damn vampires working for God. You see, my Father and I made a wager. Good versus evil, you know? Your family was merely collateral damage. I took ’em. I can return ’em.” A quick wave of his hand released the mob boss.

Gamino struggled to stand, weaved over to the chair by his fireplace, and slumped into it. “You can give them back to me?”

Lucifer smiled and polished his long, pointed nails on his three-piece black suit. “Well, of course. For a price, that is.”

“What? Anything.” The crime leader sank to his knees on his expensive tapestry rug.

“Well, I promised God not to mess with his beloved vampires, but I didn’t swear not to screw with his pitiful humans. So, the cost is your soul, of course.” Lucifer’s smile widened on his face, and his blue eyes turned red.

Gamino nodded. “Is that all?”

“Well, you’ll be working for me, of course. In Florence. You see, the place is a mess. Its inhabitants are confused and weak. I want to wreck them and their beloved city. You’ll be my instrument of destruction.”

Gamino stared into the face of the devil. “But why would you want to do that?”

The fallen angel threw back his head and laughed. The vibration from his voice shook the room. “Why, because I can. What else?”

“And, for this, you will return my family to me?” The gangster stood. His eyes narrowed. “No tricks? No bait and switch? You won’t bring them back like those people in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary? They’ll be like they were before the plague?”

“Yes, yes… such details.” Satan dismissed the thought with a wave of his hand. “You’ll do it? Give me your soul to use as I wish?”

“Yes. If you restore my family… as they were before you took them… to me.”

“Awh, there’s the rub. You must first work to get them. Get it?”

“Yes. I get it,” Gamino said as his den faded away, then vanished, and he found himself standing in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.



About the author

Carol McKibben's love of writing and dogs began at 14 when she started telling stories to Labrador Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and any stray that happened by. It wasn't long before people stopped to have a listen. With 14 published books, she now writes for people through the eyes of dogs and wolves. view profile

Published on November 10, 2020

Published by Troll River Publications

20000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Fantasy

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