Divine Hunter is the final installment in The Vampire's Mage Series. It takes the tally to four full-length books and a fifth title which is a prequel story. However, for those still fully endeared to this universe, as am I, and for whom the cessation is too soon there's a second series with two full-length published books and a companion short story found in anthology called Magic & Mistletoe. I'm not aware at this stage if any next installment is planned to be the last in it's case. It's called Demons of Fire and Night and it has a very individual flavour. I suspect that in the absence of advice regarding location that it's unique enough for you to only guess at the few clues I've personally picked up on thus far. Perhaps you have better observation skills and will pickup on the clues better, you could see it as an interesting little game if you're inclined. Irrespective, it's still a good way to get your fix should you want to encounter more from this environment.
Rosalind becomes bereft of her support network for a period of time as she's forced to submit to Drew's plans for her. It's a voluntary sacrifice in order to save lives not limited to only friends she holds dear to her, including in some fashion even an insane succubus Rosalind wracked would consider more an enemy. Drew had retrieved Erish in the downtime between books three and four so that more demons and abominations could be newly created to expand the ranks of his and the Brotherhood's army. Imprisoned and treated vindictively, Rosalind will spend many future nightmare-filled nights reliving events that take place. It comes at a time when she doesn't need anymore memories to contribute to sleepless nights. Her worst being recollections dragged up as grief-stricken reliving of her twin's final moments. As you know, Drew had dosed her with enchanted iron in a ploy to force her to ram the Hawthorn stake into Miranda's heart. He'd ended up doing it himself when his tactic was averted by Cleo, her soul providing Rosalind with at least some benefits to offset the costs. The scene is still too fresh, so it also appears throughout her days as well.
Another confrontation with Drew will not be long in coming, it's blatantly obvious that only either of their deaths will put a stop to the conflict between them. Whilst Rosalind could likely move on to live her life without an unstoppable need to kill him, he shows no such ability to put a stop to his burning need to exact repentance, and perhaps even her death for the perceived betrayal he considers her to have committed. Readers would know that at the least he considers her a demon-whore. He's so heavily involved with the Brotherhood that their desire to watch her burn is undoubtedly inseparable from his own. Only with the benefit of hindsight will she ask herself the paramount question: can a god can be killed, or the more likely possibility, can they be corralled permanently if death isn't an option. As it stands, the damage she has been able to inflict has been healed in timeframes spanning from seconds to a short number of minutes.
Without the answer to this riddle none of what she's trained to do seems to matter. The dilemma in obtaining this knowledge is all the more difficult considering she has access only to two demigods and neither they nor their godly parents are ever going to be likely to give the answer to how they can be killed. It's blatantly obvious from how little about his past that he's prepared to share that Caine doesn't trust her enough to divulge said information. Her destiny, accepted by her or intended by others being redundant, is reaching the pivotal stages where events will lead to an intersection of either becoming a heroine and saviour, or being among those who failed to stop plans that led to armageddon. She'll therefore become either famous or infamous, whether she wants it or not.
With the death of Miranda still so salient she's never been more motivated to embrace her abilities, old and new. As Caine points out frequently, though, she's being reckless regarding how her life will never recover from her actions when the fallout clears. Gods-magic continues to exact costs from her. Sacrifices already made regarding her sanity are only a month old and they're being felt. The voices of the Gods frequent her mind, increasing in loudness with prolonged or frequent usage, and shaping her desires being a secondary sign. The costs are high, but there's an absolute need. Unless they can come up with a workable alternative to meet their needs, or to some extent even just another plan, she doesn't perceive that a choice exists.
Conditions may have already deteriorated to the point where the war has already been lost, a very real fear of Rosalind's. The Brotherhood and Drew must be erased from existence given the irreparable damage to the environment of Earth and the human gene pool already made. Not to mention the number of demonic entities recreated and new abominations never before seen. The power of the seven Gods is seductive for her, but she thankfully hasn't indulged heavily in Blodrial's ambrosia which is among the many contributors to Drew's insanity. Blodrial's influence is the one that gives greatest immunity to magic wielded by others on her team, though. Not being a demigod like Caine or his younger brother Malphas involves a hefty cost. Mortals were never meant to wield such power.
It's indicative, however, that Rosalind isn't confident that she'll live through the war. It's impacting heavily her willingness to go past the point of sensible risks into reckless actions. The desires of the Gods who have dominion over the type of power being channeled force their own desires upon the channeler. It keeps her from heeding good advice in the manner for which it's given, warping certain sentiment into statements by the speaker about their perceived inadequacies regarding her ability. It's a similar trend seen whenever mortals have begun using the power of Gods-magic, and a trend in her family past and present; namely her parents and Drew. She is sufficiently embittered that she often fails to take suggestions how they're intended. In fairness the secrets Caine keeps from her exacerbate problems. Some skeletons have lived in the darkness so long that they have lost the ability to be taken out of the closet.
Even if her intentions moving forward aren't seen by her as her destiny, they are nonetheless congruent with plans made by others which were intended to be her destiny. Memories now arising and all of the things that could've been but never can, drown her thoughts and feelings in a pool so deep that a bottom may not even exist. Successful breaches of Lilinor's defences begin playing on everyone's mind regarding how susceptible to attack they are, and how vulnerable the vampire army is in the absence of a daywalker spell. With Miranda's murder the triumvirate is missing a third crucial vessel for the second souls necessary to cast the respective spell. This continues to cause significant conflict in the cohesion of the groups seeking refuge and places another strain on their capacity to win the war. With breaches from without and those within who act in ways that further their enemies' goals, Lilinor becomes like the too deep dead brush that requires only a spark to become a bushfire.
The unnatural realisations made by Drew's insane belief in his destiny of being the next godly creator is an eye-opener. It makes for a rather detailed visage of his created kingdom to say the least. They work well in provoking your imagination in a splendour often only possible through fantasy. Reading and imagining the scenes played out in visual imagery combined with the notion of Angelic as it's used herein, gives me the impression of Neo and his abilities to alter the code of the Matrix. Imagine, if you will, that the casters are looking on their environment as though it were like looking at a tv screen. There's destruction and things that have happened, people injured and damage to the environment and structures, just as a few examples present in the view you have.
Then consider that with the power and command of the Angelic language and the magic it creates, that having said abilities now allows you to watch the black and green screens of the rolling code creating whatever environment Neo's friends were watching in Morpheus's ship: all the monitors setup in the control room with the Matrix programming rolling down the screen. To alter the reality as creators using Angelic it's like they speak the necessary words - or the Matrix code as it's used in this analogy, of the spell that fixes what is needed. Neo can only see the code at the start, then like the other shipmates he starts seeing what the code means to recipients. The magic herein, as suggested by the analogy, is like the ability to speak Angelic so that it lets Neo punch in new code on the keyboard to remake the images being looked upon.
It probably wasn't portrayed well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well it's true when it comes to concepts you picture in your head and then try to explain in words. The point is however that in several hundred to a thousand books I've never had such an analogy of the magic come to mind, and it's been years since I watched any of The Matrix movies. Thus I'm attempting to give credit in that Christine and Nick have written about the magic in ways that not only give images, it also gave me a visual impression of the system used. Although the paramount question might be more so if that's in any way similar to how it was used or created. One of the great features of their books, though, is that they precipitate so many visual images when I'm reading away.
I've loved Rosalind pretty much from day one, when she was a naive iron ring wearing enemy to all who were just as much her people as the ones she fought for. The books have covered her so well that you could likely sit down and notarise bits and pieces about her as they arise, and you'd end up with something akin to her memoirs. Every character in retrospect has had pivotal contributions, giving this series a wide and well developed cast. In their own roles they are just as easily imagined. I have loved the lore in this series, that's part of why I got such a tangible image of how it could be conceptualised. The breadth of magical capacities is very wide. I especially like the way knowledge of Angelic has been used. It paints an interesting construct of gods as creators, and why a heavenly, or divine war might've taken place. It's a good alternative to it being solely about copulation and the creation of seraphim and nephilim, which is the staple of not just fantasy lore, but also religious accounts.
There's just so many things to enjoy that I suspect I've probably done a better accounting if you were to look across all my reviews by checking just the last few paragraphs. This is where I write all my opinion based reflection, as opposed to the opening which serves as an introduction to the book. It could be said that it's like an extended blurb. If you're interested, I've included review links on the other books in this series. The links below are to all current books not including three for The Momento Mori Witch Trilogy, because I'm yet to have the pleasure of reading them. There is a prequel short story which is a free unpublished novella available to newsletter subscribers (called Shadow Mage). A simple Google search will bring up a hit for C.N. Crawford on Goodreads, which is where I've posted it due to the book not being available via Amazon. Another missing review is for Fallen Fae, which is another free download. It is associated with the newest series, so it's perhaps not important for the purposes herein (details available on the C.N. Crawford website).
Vampire's Mage #1 - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/R14C75C80MM714/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Vampire's Mage #2 - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/R2XV1G0ZP0STF4/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Vampire's Mage #3 - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/R38DJ3ZDBYN2WV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Demons of Fire & Night #1 - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/RGEWIEOGJNEFC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Demons of Fire & Night #2 - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/R1QAANIFGOUH15/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Magic & Mistletoe Anthology - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/R30NVHYH2NQTY1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
FBI Dark Fae #1 - https://www.amazon.com.au/review/RKS78CMBSH3IF/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
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