Derke is a blessed man and a prophet. But in the course of one day, everything he loves is stripped from him: his wife, his family, and his faith. Sunk in his own loss and grief, he turns to the only one who seems to have all the answers—a dark-robed sorceress who introduces him to black magic. Even as Derke loses more of his humanity and descends into evil, not everyone has given up on him, especially not his old friend Father Phaeus and his new friend Syantere.
From a tranquil village in Aviterr, to deep inside Undeadwood, to a bright and shining elven city, Derke seeks meaning in the midst of loss. All the while, the world’s oldest vampire desires to awaken a monstrous race that will remake the world in his own image. To ensure the world has a future, the three must overcome their pasts.
“A new style of artistic writing and symbolism.”
“Rebirths is unapologetically Christian and unapologetically fantasy, and the combination works. Imagine if C. S. Lewis had followed up his Narnia series by creating the Elder Scrolls world, or if worshippers of the God of the Bible inhabited the D&D or Warhammer universes.”
“The battle between good and evil is wonderfully portrayed–perhaps even enhanced by the bizarre creatures and circumstances in it.”
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CIR: What would you compare this book to?
LUKE: Though I’ve never played it, one reviewer told me that he found the book to be “as if CS Lewis had written the Elder Scrolls.” Lewis is one of my favorite authors, so it doesn’t surprise me that he came through in the writing. Though, honestly, I was feeling more Chestertonian when writing. Father Phaeus is even directly inspired by a Chesterton character.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of Rebirths?
LUKE: I hope that every reader can see that no matter how far they fall, even how far they run, the Father yearns for them to return. And, just as importantly, once the Father calls, he does not uncall. Making a mistake doesn’t mean that you can never fulfill the purpose for which you were put on this earth.
CIR: Christian Horror is a whole new idea for me. What makes your story so unique besides the genre itself?
LUKE: Rebirths doesn’t shy away from the hard questions of life. It doesn’t candy coat the answers either. Derke, Father Phaeus, and Syantere all make mistakes, but each of them can change. Change isn’t easy. Sometimes that means giving up everything and starting over. Rebirths also lets two authors whom I enjoy debate their worldview via proxies. Father Phaeus speaks for Catholic philosopher Gilbert Keith Chesterton while Lord Sanuto’s philosophy comes straight from the writings of HP Lovecraft who was a nihilist.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
LUKE: Rebirths goes dark in the middle. When Derke sinks to his lowest point, the tone of the book reflects that. I had one reader refuse to read part 3 because part 2 was so dark. That’s a shame because part 2 ends with Derke’s redemption and part 3 picks up from there. Derke is a necromancer for a good part of the book. The spells he deals with are not for the fainthearted. And there are monsters within.
CIR: Is there more coming?
LUKE: Yes. The sequel doesn’t have a title yet, but I am working on the stories. It will be another collection of linked stories featuring Derek, Father Phaeus, and Syantere. There’s a new character who will be joining them, but I’ll leave it at that. Not all the loose ends were tied up in Rebirths.
Learn more about Frank B. Luke and his writing at frankluke.com