I’m very excited to feature in my first Book Tour with Storytellers on Tour! I’ve had the honor of receiving a copy of Rise of One by Dixon Reuel and I’m ready to share my review with you. Also, keep scrolling! There is a Giveaway! Yay for free books!
I’m on the next to last day of this tour but, go check out the other tour stops and get ready for The Encore Here.
“We have to be very careful, as those who age so slowly, not to fight upon past battlefields. In that, and maybe only in that, are we superior. To hold a grudge for a human lifespan, that is one thing. To hold a grudge throughout the whole of our lives, that would be an unlivable, untenable existence. So, we do not fight on past battlefields. We air our grievances as plainly as possible. We found, after centuries, we could live no other way.”
— Salter, The Chronicler
As zombies roamed, the earth went quiet. It is as if every critter knew that the only way to stay safe was to lay silent.
Rise and his coven were running out of fresh blood to feed on. With only one human – albeit pampered beyond belief – at their disposal, there wasn’t enough food to go around. He must find other human survivors if they want to avoid succumbing to the blackness of oblivion.
When the human survivors he rescued were infiltrated by Warwolves, an ancient order of vampire hunters, Rise soon realizes the danger he brought upon his kind. With the full intent to survive, Rise must purge all threats to his vampire race.
The world, although decimated, is ripe for rule. If he wished to set history on a new path, he must triumph — starting with the rise of one individual.
Will Rise triumph? Will he fall victim to the brain-dead that abound? Or will the Warwolves succeed in finally ridding the earth of his kind? Find out for yourself in “Rise of One”.
“Rise of One” is the first installment of the Blood Brute Series by Irish award-winning and best-selling writer Dixon Reuel.
And here is my review!
Title: Rise of One: Blood Brute – Book 1
Author: Dixon Reuel
Release: December 2020
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Occult, Fantasy
Goodreads Link: Here
Rise of One by Dixon Reuel is a vampire, zombie, post-apocalyptic novel with a unique plot and very interesting way of dealing with the occult.
As zombies roamed, the earth went quiet. It is as if every critter knew that the only way to stay safe was to lay silent. Rise and his coven were running out of fresh blood to feed on. With only one human – albeit pampered beyond belief – at their disposal, there wasn’t enough food to go around. He must find other human survivors if they want to avoid succumbing to the blackness of oblivion.
I found the plot of this story very unique. Zombies and Vampires together, first of all. Second, the idea of Rise and his coven, surviving with one human to feed off was new to me. Typically vampires are portrayed as terrible, blood hungry attackers, but the coven pampers and cares for their human like one of their own, and no, he’s not a Familiar. Add to this, the idea that some… other… survivors… called Warwolves are hunting them, who ever they are, and now you have some nerve wrecking, neck sucking, nail biting situations going on.
The characters were all very unique in their make-up. Women and men were represented in the coven as well as vampires of color. Even deeper than that, each character has an important job in the coven and as a family, they hold things together. My favorite character was Ogrim. I love the tough, and tortured characters. Also, his tarot skills were a big draw for me. His instincts and his relationship with the others in the coven just gave me joy. On the flip side, I had such a love-hate relationship with Cypriot. His neediness was kind of hard to manage and when the crap hit the fan, I just wanted more from him. Additionally, there was a little piece of storyline that centered around him which I wanted more focus on. On that note, however, this was how his character was supposed to be. This is not a flaw in the writing by any means. Reuel does an excellent job crafting the characters and making them feel real.
The world building in this book was okay. It’s hard to get too “worldly” when the story is so focused on the manor itself. The manor was very well presented and I could really “see” the home the coven was creating. The manor also helped to show the uniqueness of each character. I did want a little more details about the zombie outbreak. What I discovered after finishing the book is that there is a nice bit of backstory available to readers in the form of prequels and short stories! This book doesn’t focus on the origin of the zombies as much as on the coven but other books by the author cover that territory.
This book was written with a nice balance of vampire specific terms and laymen’s terms for dummy’s like me who don’t read vampire books often. I enjoyed learning those new terms and getting some more information about vampire’s lives in the “real world”. Overall, this book was engaging, easy to read and the characterization was fantastic. This first book in the series is a great start to the legacy of Rise.
We’re hosting a tour-wide giveaway, and invite you to take part!
Prize: Rise of One by Dixon Reuel – One (1) of five (5) ebooks – International
Starts: January 31st, 2021 at 12:00am EST
Ends: February 7th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
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Irish award-winning poet, Eve Power writes as Dixon Reuel and is the author of the Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal series, Blood Brute.
Dixon lives in Dublin, Ireland and holds a First in History & Early Irish Studies and another First in Creative Writing. She is a lifelong nerd and devoted hobbyist of cosplay, video games, and other surely worthwhile pursuits.Dixon cannot stand monkeys or phone calls, and to receive a phone call from King Kong would definitely be her greatest fear.