Alongside the young woman they saved from an attack, a vampire-hunting duo faces off against a gang of bloodsuckers in debut author Macomson’s evangelical tale for young adults.
Drinking blood bestowed by the master of a vampire coven and embracing evil over God: these are the decisions that lead to vampirism, according to vampire hunter Will. For five years, Will has slayed the fanged creatures alongside the brooding Eric, a rogue vampire who forsook his coven to protect humanity. Their latest rescuee is Carol Westdale, a college student who crosses paths with a hungry vampire after crashing her car into a ditch. Though Carol’s is a classic case of wrong place, wrong time, the coven now believes she’s part of Will and Eric’s team. After several more showdowns with the coven, the trio escapes to a church called Our Lady of Refuge, where Carol—skeptical of supernatural forces like vampires and God—learns that “there is such a thing as evil in this world, and there is a God, and He is good.” Will goes on to explain that he is a servant of the Way, meaning he is a marked follower of Jesus Christ that no vampire can harm. Because Carol is not a believer, she will die if she falls into the hands of the coven, which plans on using her to trap Eric and execute him for choosing humans over his own kind. Those stakes fuel the rest of this first entry in Macomson’s trilogy, whose biblical references intend to “share the Gospel with young adults in a relevant and interesting way.” Macomson gathers the right ingredients for a compelling vampire yarn, but the religious goals ultimately get in the way of an interesting story, in large part because his characters are either entirely good or entirely evil. As a result, none act like actual, flawed humans; instead, they’re devices that help the narrative prove its point.
With its overly simplistic approach to good vs. evil, this vampire saga thus far lacks drama and bite.