My passion for reading often leads me into weird and wonderful realms and, as such, I often find books that transcend typical genres. These hybrids tend to be either very unique or written so well that originality can be put on the back-burner. REVELATION: CREATURES RULE THE NIGHT is one of these cross-breeds that contains both attributes: it is rife with originality and written well. The result is a fast-paced thriller that will take you on a ride you won’t soon forget.
If you are not familiar with REVELATION: CREATURES RULE THE NIGHT, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Damnation Books:
The hunted, that is what Jonathan Armand has become. Generations of Armand’s had died before him, many by the same creature that taunts him from within the darkness now. It is his curse for carrying the name, but it is the blood of his ancestors coursing through his veins that make him the strongest of all those before him. He is the last Armand, a veteran of war by his teenage years, a man plagued by death. For so long he has dreamed of nothing more then a simple and peaceful existence, one free of the horrors and nightmares of his past; but now as he stands to lead a new army filled with familiar faces he realizes what destiny has in store for him. Hunted or hunter, one death will change it all.
I will admit that the title is a bit cryptic, but the above synopsis simply cannot do justice to the epic story that unfolds within the book’s pages. This is a truly unique piece of fiction that is difficult to classify. It is part military science-fiction, part fantasy, and even part horror. But regardless of what category you use to classify it, the book is a true winner and a very fun read.
REVELATION: CREATURES RULE THE NIGHT is the first in a series, although the author told me there will be a couple of side-books that will accent the series as well. Thus, folks like me that love the world he has created will revel in the fact that we get to return to it several times after this first book concludes.
As mentioned, the book is written well and flows nicely; the characters are well thought-out and the world that Connors creates is believable, albeit not as strange as one would expect for 200 years in the future. This is by no means a negative…in fact, it’s almost refreshing to see a future where not much has changed except some big-time leaps in technology.
My sole complaint about the book is that it feels like things take a bit of an abrupt turn about three-fourths of the way through it, and I had to go back and re-read a couple of pages to make sure I wasn’t lost. This transitioning could be intentional and I just didn’t pick up on it or something…I don’t know. But it is a very minor adjustment, and it didn’t throw me off for very long at all.
REVELATION: CREATURES RULE THE NIGHT is a definite win for me and I suggest you check it out. It’s multi-genre storyline is a real treat, especially for readers like me who enjoy all those that are involved. I’m excited to see where the series goes next and will review the next book as soon as I can finish it. But until then, give this one a look for sure.