This is an enjoyable continuation of Erinn’s story. It is an easier read since the first book has a lot of background information, the two books tie nicely together. She is continually surrounded by several lusty Vampyres and by this time she has become one herself, as Michael had intended. While she is still the same Erinn, she is also a blood-thirsty, sexpot Vampyre leaving dead bodies in her wake.
I found it interesting how the author worked around what must have been a very revealing conversation between Michael and Erinn, without actually writing it. I was glad for this fact, because it would have felt like backtracking. So, moving forward, she discovers that he is extremely possessive when it comes to her unrecalled memories of her times with him and what transpired.
Thankfully, there are new characters involved that help alleviate some of the mental weight left over from the first book. This provides a much needed time for Erinn to try and come to some reasonable conclusions regarding her new life. However, so far, she doesn’t seem to have a reasonable bone in her body as she refuses to follow Michael’s instructions, putting them both in jeopardy. She remains as rambunctious as ever, but at least some of the time she stops to consider her actions before doing what she had intended anyway.
I have to speak about the dream sequence, but it’s not possible to give anything away; you have to read it. I’ve never dwelled much on the metaphysical, but that is the only word I can think of to describe it. The reason behind the dream is up for interpretation, but it must be important because it happens twice. She crosses over into worlds unknown, to places she knows yet doesn’t, and it’s all a confusion that I could have gone without. However, I must mention that it held my attention as I tried to muddle through it to find the author’s true meaning and reason behind it.
Michael tries desperately to follow her, as she continues to run away in her own desperate attempt to flee. When he finds her, she is no longer the Erinn he knew and loved. This entity tells him that she is his twin, his wife, and guide. Initially, he doesn’t have a clue what is going on. Neither do I. Be prepared for words like “lateral realms” and “astral realms,” as they just dig a deeper hole for the reader to climb out of. That said, it was a very well done, if weird, bit of writing.
Being Vampyre means the ability to be overwhelmingly athletic, telepathically gifted, stronger than any human, and able to stare down anyone. I rather like these talents and the fact that they make her a woman that is not to be trifled with. The men in her life haven’t quite figured that out yet, but they better get on page soon or there’s going to be a great deal of regret.
This is an interesting read and flows smoothly. There’s a lot of action that kept me engrossed. I cannot begin to fathom where the author is taking us, but this book was a great follow-up and I was more than willing to stay with it.
Now the rating:
- Genre and general audience – mystery/sci-fi for mature audiences only.
- Level of sexuality – There is definitely sex, some of which is rather graphic.
- Graphic language – Not enough to make me notice.
- Did I cry? No.
- Is this part of a series? Yes. This is the second book in The Vampyre Episodes. Cannot be read as a stand-alone.
- Level of character development – The characters are a bit one-sided. Michael is a large man with the urge to kill without fear, if need be. Erinn is so in love with him that she makes unwise actions without thinking about the consequences, sometimes leading to dire situations. She is working on this issue, but not very quickly.
- Did I laugh? No.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.
This book is unpublished at the time of posting.
1 thought on “Beacon by Callaghan Grant”
I’m pleased you enjoyed “Beacon”. To clarify and, hopefully, help readers, this is a complex story arc that cycles to different depths of closures through the entire 6 book project. One closure of a temporal loop happens at book 3 — “Maker” and other closure events take place at the ends of books 4, 5 and 6 — “Traveller”, “Leviathan” and “Ender”. The project is all written but for book 6 and this is because, as the author, I realize the level of intricacy of this story makes it necessary that the sequels be available, ready to be enjoyed, one right after the other, lest important details of nuance and meaning be missed or forgotten. The reviewer, for instance, took a busy 4 to 5 week break between “Chalice” (Book 1) and “Beacon”. This caused her to lose memories of the symbols and venues in which the scene vignettes occur. The “dreams” which the reviewer mentions above are not dreams at all and Erinn isn’t fleeing Michael into strange realms. Erinn was, in fact, killed in “Beacon”. So too was her bloodsire, Paeter. The sequence of events that the reviewer imagines as “dreams” play out in a venue called “Bardo” which is an environment in between world realms which many religions of the world recognize and call by various names. It is, in other books I write, referred to simply as “the lustrous void” and, from the void, any world can be reached. Michael, for instance, follows the beacon of Erinn’s life force and finds himself in an alternate world in which he meets Erinn’s Daemon, the female the reviewer described. The reviewer is correct that the sequences are important as they have much to do with the overarching themes of the entire series which become progressively clearer from one book to the next. I hope that helps and look forward to making the entire series available soon. If you would like to reach me to enquire about beta reading or reviewing the series for me, please feel free to contact me at worldbuilder at windstream dot net. Happy journeying!