Book Two of the Best-Selling Novel, The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld
Not all vampires are created equal...
Koa is a half-blood vampire with not only the ability to fly, but survive in the sun's light. She will do anything to protect her mother, and break her curse. The demon, Bund, wants more than her mother's life. He wants something from Koa, a power that she doesn't even know she has, and will rip through as many humans as he can to get her to surrender.
Agent Koa Ryeo-won, and her boss, Halston, formed a crew of supernatural agents to stop Bund. But is a prophet, a temptress, a War-Breeder, a half-blood with an enchanted sword, and a few angels enough to stop what Bund has planned?
In the midst of a war between the humans of the mortal world, and the creatures of the Netherworld, Koa discovers the truth of her past. She finds herself torn between two men, and in the center of everything. Faced with all of her returned memories, Koa also finds herself more powerful than ever. Being a half-blood is hard enough, but what exactly is Koa's other half?
The truth can save...or destroy everything.
Will the Netherworld Division stand behind Koa once they learn her secret?
Chapter 1 of K.N. Lee's young adult fantasy, Academia of the Beast!
5 out of 5 stars
The Best Sequel Novel I've Ever Read--Period
"When I finished reading K.N. Lee's "The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld," I remember the anticipation which began to build from that moment for the story I knew was coming.
Well, "Dark Prophet: Book Two of the Chronicles of Koa" certainly did not disappoint. Koa and Halston are back, better than ever. It sets a precedent for me to finish reading fictional works the very same day I start them, but that's EXACTLY what happened this afternoon. An original, detailed plot--unique characters a reader finds themselves investing in readily--true hang-on-for-dear-life action--this book has it ALL. Lee writes in such a way she engages her audience from the opening sentence. I'm thrilled to say I've seen it happen twice now.
At this point, allow me to make something crystal clear: I'm not the type of reader who simply decides to review written material with the coveted 5-Star Rating just because others have before me. That's just not "how I roll". But, as I mentioned above, I'd already seen Lee's talent with her first Koa publication; Dark Prophet validates my anticipation. Five stars? By all rights, there SHOULD be a 5-Star PLUS designation specifically for K.N. Lee.
There's already a legion of fans out there who share my opinion. Join us, and get this book, folks. It's that simple."
-Michael Holman, the author of Resolve and Retribution
All of the livestock had been slaughtered. Cows and sheep lay scattered around the grounds as if someone had simply run through the fields, cutting them down with an axe. The flies buzzed around the bodies with glee. What a feast had been laid out for the vultures and scavengers.
The poor family had been murdered, bled dry, and pinned to stakes in the ground for all to see. Two young women around the ages of twenty and twenty-five, a boy of about ten, and the mother, father, and grandmother. All dead, all with their eyes ripped out and mouths sewn shut.
It seemed that no matter where they went, that death and destruction had already made an appearance. Raven felt as if she was going to be sick. She’d seen so much in her long life that she should have been prepared for this.
The smell of burnt flesh lingered in the air making Raven gag. She looked up at Alice with tears in her eyes.
“More children?” Her heart beat in her chest like a tiny drum.
She yawned. Raven was weary from running around with Alice from crime scene to crime scene. There was no rest for the pair. They were tracking a demon, and would not stop until they found him.
Alice nodded. Her face was serious, angry, and pale. “That bastard,” she growled. “I will pound his ugly face with my fist and chop his skinny body into tiny pieces.”
The firemen were frozen as Alice and Raven looked over the damage. An old house had been burned down. It was apparent that the fire had started in the basement and destroyed everything.
But with Alice’s gadgets she had surmised that there had been fourteen young bodies. She could actually view the scene with absolute clarity. Raven imagined what would happen if the humans had their hands on such technology, just how many crimes would be solved. With the device in Alice’s hand, she pulled up the scene, and they watched Bund hang the girls by their heels.
They watched him taunt and tease them, feed from them, and then, they watched Greggan enter the room and set it on fire. The only thing that was missing, was the sound. They had no idea what was said between Greggan and Bund, but it was clear that the demon was not happy with Greggan’s actions.
Raven stood on a stone step and watched Alice look over the ashes and remains of the old farmhouse. A buzzing sound drew her attention. Alice raised a brow and looked down at her watch. She pressed a button and shot to her feet when Halston’s image pulled up before her.
Raven ran over to get a better look. She was too afraid to hope or feel joy yet. She needed to hear what he had to say. Halston was fine, but where was her daughter?
“Well,” Alice began. She folded her arms. “Took you long enough, Mr. Boss Man.”
Halston looked around at the burnt logs and piles of rubbish and ash. “What happened here? Any luck with tracking Bund’s whereabouts?”
“While you were off playing around in the Netherworld, rescuing damsels and breaking princes out of prison, Greggan and Bund haven’t wasted time with making the humans fearful to leave their homes. It is a real shit show out here, Halston. Greggan made an announcement on the BBC that he is making a change to this world. He told the humans to stay in their homes until the “transition” is over. He says that he wants to take the VRS from a secret agency to a global scale. No human will have a say, and that they will all be at the mercy of vampires.”
“What a fool.” Halston didn’t look surprised. “Meet me at the old church as soon as you can get here. I’ll wait for you two.”
Alice raised a brow. “Oh, will you? I’m honored.”
“Viktor wants me to report to him at headquarters. I need you to look after the others while I’m gone.”
“Like a babysitter?”
“Where is Koa? Is she all right?” Raven cut in.
Halston nodded. His face softened when he looked down at Raven, as did his voice. “She’s fine, Raven. She will be here at the church when you two arrive.”
“We’re on our way,” Alice said.
Halston gave a nod. “Take care, you two.”
Alice nodded. “We will. You do the same.”
Halston’s image faded as he cut the connection and left Alice and Raven in silence.
Alice rolled up her sleeves and took a deep breath. “We’d better get a move on then.”
Spoons came sniffing along, in the form of a jackal. He stepped in the center of what used to be the basement and dug his nose in the ash.
“Not even a piece of meat left for me,” he growled, disappointed.
Alice rolled her eyes. “Stop complaining. I let you eat that body back at the library crime scene. Shouldn’t you be full for a couple of days?”
Spoons looked up at her, with the same ice blue eyes that he had in his true form. It looked strange on a jackal. “I’m always hungry.”
“Well, tough luck.”
Raven put a paw on Alice’s leg. “Can we head to the church now? I need to see Koa. Please.”
Alice smiled and picked Raven up. She nuzzled her neck. “Of course. We’ll go there now.” She looked over to Spoons. “Do you still have his scent?”
Spoons nodded. “I do. Where the two of you’s goin?”
“We are headed to the safe house to meet with Halston, you keep tracking Bund until I meet up with you again.”
“Right, leave me to do all da work. Jus like ya angels. Lazy bastards.”
Alice let out a long breath and shook her head. She ran up the stone stairs with Raven in her arms and into the cool afternoon. A group of onlookers had appeared, confused by the frozen firemen and the damage to their neighbors’ farm.
One of the teens stood before the stake to which one of the farmer’s daughter had been nailed. His face was white as a sheet of paper and his breaths came fast. He was on the verge of an anxiety attack. A few moments longer and the kid would surely start screaming his head off.
Alice cursed under her breath and sat Raven down on the grass. “Go on, hun, stand back.”
Raven did as she was told. She knew what Alice was about to do. She’d only seen the angel do it a couple of times, when their cover was almost blown by a few nosy humans. Freezing cops and police officers was a simple task for Alice, but when other humans came into the mix and actually saw what she’d done, it took more than a little freezing of their muscles and minds.
Alice stepped before the two older women that stood at the gate, a smile on her pretty little face. The women looked at her with fear, and stepped back.
“Hey ladies, what a lovely day it is, isn’t it?” Alice lifted a hand and the teen boy was lifted from the ground. She tilted her neck and he yelped as she sent him flying across the field and dropped him beside his family. She dusted her hands and looked them over.
“So, is it just the three of you then?”
“Y…yeah.” The women held onto one another and the boy scrambled to his feet to join them in their frightened huddle.
Alice nodded. Her smile remained friendly, and soothing, but it was too late, the humans had already seen too much. “Good. Now,” she ran her hands through her short pink hair and clicked her teeth. “Let’s say we play a little game.”
Raven’s eyes widened as she stood far away and watched Alice levitate off the ground. The woman started to scream but Alice muted their voices somehow. Then, she started to glow.
Rings of light encircled her body, crisscrossing and shooting up and down from her feet to the top of her head. The women and the boy watched her with stunned awe. They knew it then, that she was an angel, and their faces softened into looks of wonder.
Raven was unsure of what they saw, but their faces went from contorted horror to looks of joy and relief. Alice’s angelic glow softened against the humans faces and bathed them in feelings of happiness and serenity that would have a completely opposite reaction to any form of nephilim. It was why Alice told Raven to step away.
Raven lowered her head as she watched. She was a nephilim, a supernatural spawn of the fallen angels. Not vampire, or Syth, Jem, or anything she’d ever seen or read about; Raven was a new breed. Even so, Alice’s angelic glow would have killed her.
Raven was reduced to tears as she thought of how the beauty of what Alice did to the humans would have burned her from the inside out and sent her into episodes of agony until she was nothing but ash.
It was then that Raven felt her first wave of doubt. The angels were there to clean up the mess they began centuries ago. They were to either eliminate or find a way to separate the nephilim from the humans. There was no changing that both she, and Koa, were nephilim.
Neither was exempt from the wrath of God and his agents.