Absence of Faith is a contemporary story based in San Antonio Texas. It is dense with the darkness that lies behind the veil of human thought, and woven with typical uncanny magic, as only stories involving the vampire world can be.
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Absence of Faith's undead characters, Prince Ramses, Zapporoah (his twin sister), Erantxa, and Adonis Duarte are us utterly alive as they could possibly be. They are fiercely ambitious, loyal, sensative, and loving. Their story is one of mesmerizing beauty, of danger, and flight, of love and loss, of suspence and resolution, and one of extroadinary power of the senses.
Betrayed by those he loves most, Ramses, Prince of the
undead finds himself embroiled in a deadly struggle for power. During the bloody civil war that ensues he is captured by his enemies and held for ransom, the price...his crown.
Ramses and his remaining loyalist soon realize that in order to survive they must put their faith, trust, and even their very lives in the hands of a mortal. For she may be the only one who can same them.
The protester, who had been the first to speak to them, was now cringing against a wall. He had witnessed Zapporoah's disposal of three of his closest friends and did not want to become her fourth victim. Anger blazed in Zapporoah's eyes as she advanced towards him. He begged for his life as he felt her fingernails ripping through his flesh and into his chest. He was still alive and in severe pain as her right hand wrapped around his seemingly but not truly lifeless heart.
Looking into his terrified eyes, she asked, "what are you feeling?"
"I-I feel excrutiating pain, and I am a-afraid,....
Zapporoah smiled as she ripped his heart from his chest. While his body fell to the ground, she showed it to him, hoping that he remained alive long enough to see it take it's last beat.