Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents - Book three in this multiple award-winning epic story of mankind's origins and the creation of the Four Horsemen. Join Nikki, a graduate student working on a field expedition that turns her life upside-down, as she learns of and experiences our undiscovered and hidden history filled with terrible tyrannies, deadly dinosaurs, brutal beasts, ancient gods, and heroic hearts as the origins of our End Times is revealed, answering the question, "What if all of our myths and legends are true?"
Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in this Epic Saga)
AWARDS and HONORS for Rise of Serpents
* Winner, Fantasy: Epic/High Fantasy, American Book Fest 2019 American Fiction Awards
* Winner, Science Fiction: Cyberpunk, American Book Fest 2019 American Fiction Awards
* Winner, Science Fiction: Parallel Universe/Alternative History, American Book Fest 2019 American Fiction Awards
* Finalist, Visionary, American Book Fest 2019 American Fiction Awards
* Winner, Science Fantasy, NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Summer 2019
* Winner (Silver), Christian Fantasy/SciFi, 2019 Readers Favorite Annual Award
* Winner, Fantasy, 2019 New York City Big Book Awards
* Winner, Epic Fantasy, 2019 New York City Big Book Awards
* Finalist, Fantasy, 2019 Best Book Awards
* Finalist, Science Fiction, 2019 Best Book Awards
* Finalist, Visionary, 2019 Best Book Awards
* Finalist, Fantasy, 2019-2020 Reader Views Literary Awards
* Honorable Mention, Fantasy, 2019-2020 Reader Views Literary Awards
* Winner, Epic Fantasy, 2020 Independent Press Award
* Winner, Science Fiction, 2020 Independent Press Award
Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Sword & Sorcery, Myth & Legend, Young Adult, Christian Fantasy...and maybe more truth than is expected.
Seeking refuge from the relentless hunt, we evade the gathering forces of mankind and their guiding masters . . . the Serpents of Old . . . the Watchers of humanity. Knowledge and advancements fashioned for humanity’s betterment now turned foul by lord and servant alike, subjugating all to the ever-present examination of the surveilling state. Mankind’s self-subjugation rendering themselves as slaves to the unseen few, who only allow freedoms to people paying homage to their institutions of cunning tyrannies. Subtle guidance by the ancient scales now coil tightly about their corrupted human tools to deliver the world to them in arrogant defiance of Creation. It is in this confrontation, I vision the origins of the Old Serpents . . . in our first civilization, seeing their Lights twisted and fouled by selfish wants and the corruptible doings of their divinities. Their ancient bane . . . the Horsemen, I see rise, then as now, who, through deeds self-driven and compelled leave in their wake, punishing destructions as they seek to halt corruptions both mortal and afar. I sense I play a part in the approaching Apocalypse, through my aid to these Horsemen of Prophecy . . . and something more. As I stand at the precipice to the end of the Fourth World Age of humanity looking out at the coming tempest, I, Nikki, now do as our ancients did in tablets of clay and stone, chronicling humanity’s undiscovered past in these steel-bound epics to share with you before the sounding of the trumpets
Plot: Book three of Vonsik’s epic fantasy series offers a captivating premise fueled by riveting questions concerning the very origins of human life. The use of world mythologies and legends provides fertile ground for the speculative work, which rarely slumps under the weight of its ambitions.
Prose/Style: Polished, immersive, and highly detailed prose propels this novel.
Originality: Vonsik's worldbuilding is formidable and fully convincing. While the work pulls from familiar mythologies and pantheons, their integration under a single vision is undeniably compelling.
Character Development: Vonsik succeeds in creating a fully immersive universe that he conveys through near cinematic worldbuilding. The protagonist is a much-needed sympathetic lead in a narrative that is somewhat more concerned with developing its core concept, fantastical setting, and many mythical players, than tending to individual characters’ psychological growth.
Date Submitted: June 17, 2020
Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents by B.A. Vonsik is the third book in the epic Primeval Origins series. Paleo-archaeology student Nikki is on a field trip, playing a primary role in trying to save the human race. The four horsemen are approaching, bringing the apocalypse ever nearer and Nikki is in a race against time. To defeat them, she has to go back to when they were created. Nikki has one power that nobody expected her to have – the key to unlocking the knowledge of the past. And it is there that the answer lies, the answer to salvation. Nikki faces the ancient and deadly terrors of legend and is more than prepared to do whatever it takes to succeed but can she escape the clutches of death in time?
Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents by B A Vonsik was an intriguing story that made me wish I had read the rest of the series. Despite having no prior knowledge of the characters or the story, I found it quite easy to grasp the story and there was enough information to bring me up to speed. This is a fascinating tale, really well-written and with some cool characters. There is plenty of action here, loads of adventure and enough nail-biting suspense that kept me well and truly hooked on the story. The story moved at a steady pace, with the tension building up, and it ended with a bang. Be prepared to meet some fantastic and fantastical creatures along the way - a truly unique and inspiring story. If you love stories about legends, myths, and mythical creatures, you are guaranteed to love this but I would recommend reading the entire series.
Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents is a work of action-packed science fiction penned by author B. A. Vonsik, and is the third book in the Primeval Origins Saga. Continuing the exploration of the concept of hidden history, wherein all the myths and legends of humanity once had real origins and actually existed, we once again encounter Nikki, the paleo-archaeology graduate, on her journey to discover the creation of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In this instalment, the exploration turns to the deadly and dangerous snakes of ancient legends: the watchers of humanity who see the corruption and tyranny that is slowly choking the modern world.
Primeval Origins is a conceptually fascinating series which is certain to draw in readers who are interested in the world of mythology and its potential origins in ancient times. On top of this dramatic draw, author B. A. Vonsik writes with an epic atmosphere, calling up old echoing voices with their speeches, proverbs, and warnings as Nikki discovers the frightening reality of the Old Serpents. I found the plot as twisty and dangerous as the snakes themselves, with a well-balanced pace of thoughtful discovery and intense moments of adventure. What results is a superb story told with a cinematic eye for scope and detail, and a leading heroine ready to open her mind to all the possibilities that history has to offer. Overall, Primeval Origins: Rise of the Serpents comes very highly recommended for fantasy, science fiction and mythology fans of all ages.
Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents by B.A. Vonsik is the story of Nikki, a paleo-archeologist graduate student who is now playing a vital role in the survival of the human race. The apocalypse is approaching fast, the Horsemen are bringing it and it seems as if Nikki has a part to play in order to save her people. On the surface, she does not have the power or the tools that can help her become what humanity wants her to be. But she has one thing that no one was expecting; she has the knowledge of the past that has the potential to save them all. She is ready to do whatever it takes, but will she ever get the chance?Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents by B.A. Vonsik is the conclusion to the Primeval Origins Saga Series. I have an undying love for mythology and epic fantasies, so you can imagine how much I loved this one. I was initially a little hesitant at reading this novel as I have not read the previous novels in the series, but I had zero issues with catching up and becoming invested in the story. This novel was all about retracing your roots and learning from the past generations. The ominous atmosphere, the thrilling pace, and the exceptional characters kept my attention until the very end. I enjoyed Nikki and her determination. She knew her responsibility and understood what she had to do. The action, the adventure and the sheer brilliance of the narrative was enough for me to read the story in a single go and love every single second of it. A riveting conclusion!
Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents is the third book in the Primeval Origins series from author B A Vonsik, which asks the burning question “what if all our legends and myths about man’s creation are true?” Rise of Serpents takes us from the near future, the 2030s, when man is not only experimenting with genetic enhancement but is also openly embracing the idea of cybernetics, also known as transhumanism, back to the origins of humanity when gods and ancients strode the world with their power and domination over all living things. Two men, Rogaan, the half-Tellen, searching for his father who is held captive and Aren, the Evendiir, are thrown together as allies on a mission that perhaps neither of them fully understands nor grasps the enormity of the foes they will face. Both of them are stronger than they realize and they will need to be as they come face to face with some of the most powerful beings and creatures of these ancient times. They must face and defeat those that seek what they possess, including the most feared of them all, the one who calls himself The Vassal. The legendary Shunned, Luntanus Alum, is holding Rogaan’s father prisoner and it will take all of the pair’s Agni magic to find a way forward.
This story is definitely one for the reader who seeks true epic fantasy. Author B A Vonsik has created a world in which all of our most fantastical nightmares and legends about the past and the origins of humanity have come true. Evil gods and powerful, magical rulers hold sway over a cowering populace. Simply put, this is the eternal battle of good vs evil played out on an epic stage across epochs. I haven’t read the first two volumes and, in many ways, I wish I had as I felt a little lost at times as the characters, familiar to readers already no doubt, emerged and took their place in the narrative. The author has a superb and engaging style which keeps the reader riveted and turning the pages. The fight scenes (and there are plenty of them) were incredibly descriptive and realistic. One could almost hear and feel the magical power in the air. I particularly enjoyed the relationship and angst between Rogaan, his “former” friend Pax, and Pax’s sister Suhd. More than the epic fantasy, for me, this was one of the main cores of the story, along with the developing friendship between Rogaan and Aren. If epic fantasy is your thing, then I have little doubt this book will sustain you and give you plenty to think about.