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When the apex predators of the forest begin acting strange, former Army Captain Gabriel Stone knows something is wrong. Change is all around. He can sense it in the earth and feel it in on the wind. Something is coming…
After being attacked by a vampire, Gabriel thinks his ‘life’ is over. Alone, confused and with no choice other than to hide out, alone in an old forest cabin, Gabriel has sworn to find and kill the creature that changed him. But when the hunt leads him to an old farmhouse and he encounters the fiery, beautiful and headstrong Aurora, Gabriel’s world is turned upside down as he quickly realises not everything is as it seems.
Aurora is a Descendant, the daughter of a vampire father and Amazon warrior mother. She is strong, beautiful and has a special connection to the earth and its creatures. After spending a lifetime hunting the monsters that killed her parents, Aurora has all but given up – until she meets Gabriel, who is tortured, angry and out for revenge. But despite his flaws, Aurora knows he is the key to everything she has been searching for – if they don’t kill each other first.
With a story that highlights the beauty and importance of preserving of our natural world, The Descendants – Rise of the Reaper Army tells the age-old story of good versus evil, while highlighting the frightening impacts our modern society is having on the planet, as Gabriel and Aurora fight to save our world from becoming Hell on Earth.
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“Why did you kill him?” She hissed. “There was no need for you to take a life.”
Dressed in black jeans and a tight white singlet, the woman stared at Gabriel until he could feel the grip of her gaze like fingers around his throat. He had no idea how to describe the feeling that swept through him when he looked at her, but it was more than the flutter of his heart and stronger than a twist of his stomach. “I didn’t mean to… It was the wolf. I mean, I did, but…” Nothing was making sense, including him.
“Do you have any idea what you’ve done? What you’ve taken from me?” An inked image of a wolf drew its way up along her right arm, and painted on her left shoulder he saw the dark rise and fall of a raven’s wing. Gabriel could only stare in wonder as her blue eyes melted into a bright fire that danced inside him.
“He was my brother, and an innocent. Why would you do this?” Gabriel wanted to answer but it took a moment to find his voice. “I came here to destroy a vampire.”
It was a foolish response and he immediately cursed himself for sounding so stupid.
“You fool! Stefan is not a vampire.” At her feet the wolf growled but she immediately quieted it. “Ssh Aurel, you can go for now. I need no help to annihilate this fool.”
The wolf retreated and Gabriel wondered what kind of woman could control a wild animal, especially a wolf.
“You’re a strigoi,” she continued, her tone implying she needed no response. “But that cannot be, there are no strigoi left in this world.” Gabriel had no idea of the difference between a vampire, a strigoi, a descendant, or whatever the hell she was talking about. All he knew was that she was having an effect on him and he had two choices, kill her or get as far away from her as possible. He glanced toward the door and wondered if he could make it out before the wolf tore him to pieces.
“Do you really think you can make it to the door before I kill you?” She hissed.
But before he could respond, five women chatting easily between themselves stepped in from the porch their arms full of grocery bags. As they came toward the kitchen, one looked up and saw him staring. She screamed and a bag of oranges spilled out across the floor like brightly coloured marbles.
“Stay there!” Aurora shouted at them. “Do not come in here.” “But Stefan…” the woman cried, her eyes taking in the body on the floor. “Is he…?”
The math alone was enough to make Gabriel’s decision. It was five vampires and a wolf against him, just him, with no weapon. Not good odds in anyone’s book. He turned to the red-haired woman and stared her deep in the eye. “I’m leaving, but this isn’t over between us. I will be seeing you again.”
“You ignorant fool, you have no idea what you’ve done. We are not strigoi women, we are not the living dead. Can you not sense the warmth of my skin, or are you so blinded by yourself that you see nothing?”
“I can see exactly what’s going on,” he lied. “I know what you are.” He forced himself to sound strong, to appear confident, but inside he just felt sick.
“Fool! You did not even have the strength to defend yourself against my wolf, Aurel. How do you expect to take down a vampire should you ever find one? My brother was a descendant, an innocent.”
Gabriel glanced back toward the body. He willed it to move but knew the course had already been set. “Say what you like, but this isn’t over.”
“Oh, you’re right about that,” she told him. “I should kill you right now, but if you are what I think you are, it would be breaking the treaty.” She stepped back clearing a path toward the door. “Leave now hunter, but you are right about one thing. This is not over. It’s not even close to being over between you and I.”