Hoffnungslose Ziele II

*** WARNING:  SPOILER ALERT TO THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK ***

Coming 31 July 2018 to an eBook store near you!

Hoffnungslose Ziele II: Anna’s Crusade is a fantasy novel and direct sequel to Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes. The story begins in the year 1891, 23 years after the end of the main story in Hoffnungslose Ziele. Anna and Gustav, both immortal vampires at this point, have married, and are residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, having emigrated to the United States of America at the end of Hoffnungslose Ziele.

Anna’s seemingly happy life is turned upside down by a visit from who else but Metia, the demigoddess who helped everyone survive the events of Hoffnungslose Ziele (after endangering them in the first place). Far from the mysterious and cocky Baltic demigoddess who was introduced in the first novel, the Metia who faces Anna is contrite, nervous, and a bit jealous. She confesses that she has a grown son, and that Gustav is the father.

This shocking revelation, along with evidence of a rogue vampire engaging in a Wisconsin murder spree, prompt Anna to leave her comfortable life behind and go off on a journey to face the legacy of the dark time she suffered under Jacobus, her vampiric abductor, captor, and master in 1866. Fighting her own jealously and insecurity, Anna starts a “crusade” to find Jacobus’ other victims and save them from damnation as Gustav and Metia saved her a lifetime ago. Along the way, she discovers a great deal about herself, and questions much of what she had once believed.

Meanwhile, a vampire from the ancient world with immense power and an army of demons has gathered every evil thing to him, and started a hunt for Mīlan and his descendants. Anna’s personal crusade and Metia’s fates thus become intimately intertwined as they face this common enemy and seek to protect who and what they love most in this world.

Here is a brief sample of how the story begins.

ANNA MARIA STREHL 1890

Name: Anna Maria Strehl

Height: 5’5” (165 cm)

Hair color: Chocolate-brown

Eye color: Blue

Blood type: A (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 24 August 1848

Relationships: Best friends with Christine Gauger, aka “Alina.” Married to Gustav Strehl.

Additional Info: Peasant farm girl from the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). She has numerous siblings, but was closest to her older brother August and her younger brother Hans.  In 1866, she was abducted, and made immortal by, a wicked vampire by the name of Jacobus.  By 1891, she and Gustav have amassed a comfortable amount of wealth and live like well-to-do investors in the United States of America, but hiding their vampiric natures poses its occasional challenges.

CHRISTINE SEMI GODDNESS

Name: Alina (formerly Christine Gauger)

Height: 5’6” (167.5 cm)

Hair color: Platinum-blonde

Eye color: Green

Blood type: AB (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 3 March 1848

Relationships: Best friends with Anna Strehl. Mother of Metia.

Additional Info: Began life as a peasant farm girl from the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). During a summer solstice ritual she attended with her great aunt, a Baltic pagan witch, in 1866, she became impregnated with the child of a god, and subsequently became a demigoddess herself.

GUSTAV A. STREHL_VAMP 1890

Name: Gustav August Strehl

Height: 5’9” (177 cm)

Hair color: Ash-blonde

Eye color: Grey

Blood type: B (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 14 March 1845

Relationships: Best friends with Karl Rhode. Husband of Anna Strehl (nee Veller). Father of Mīlan, although he doesn’t know it until 1891.

Additional Info: Peasant farm boy from
the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast). His quest to save Anna from the Vampire Jacobus in 1866 led to his becoming a vampire himself.  By 1891, he and Anna have amassed a comfortable amount of wealth and live like well-to-do investors in the United States of America, but hiding their vampiric natures poses its occasional challenges.

METIA

Name: Metia

Height: 5’7” (170 cm)

Hair color: Dirty-blonde

Eye color: Grey (when in her Transfigured Form)

Blood type: Unknown (part god)

Birth date: Born outside of time in the realm of the Old Gods, but due to her conception in the human world, “born”/able to enter human history on or after 23 June 1866. Metia enters human history on 24 June 1866 at the age of 18 human years, giving her a “constructive” birth date of 23 June 1848.

Relationships: Daughter of Peckols (Old Prussian God of Death) and Christine Gauger when the latter was still a mortal.  Mother of Mīlan, who she inadvertently conceived with Gustav.

Additional Info: Demi-goddess with powers originally relating to death, and possessing a deathly, corpse-like visage.  However, after learning to transfigure in 1867, she gains a less frightening appearance and powers relating to life and fertility. Due to her dual-nature of human and god, she is able to reveal herself simultaneously in both the Visible (material) World and the Invisible (spiritual) World, and directly influence human events.

MÍLAN_rgb

Name: Mīlan

Height: 5’9” (177 cm)

Hair color: Blonde

Eye color: Grey

Blood type: B (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 13 October 1867, but born outside of time in the realm of the Old Gods, where he spent the first 10 years of his life.  As a result, he has a “constructive” birth date of 13 October 1857.

Relationships: Son of Gustav Strehl and Metia. In love with Emilie Reinholz, the wife of Albert Reinholz.  Mīlan and Emilie share an illegitimate son, Wilhelm, who unlike his father is fully mortal.

Additional Info: Unlike his mother, Mīlan is a mortal man.  However, he is visible simultaneously in both the Visible (material) World and the Invisible (spiritual) World, and imbued with magical abilities primarily relating to fire.  Unlike other mortal users of magic, he does not require the aid of a familiar spirit to work his magic.

All text and images are Copyright © 2018 Kevin Reinholz. The beautiful “Hoffnungslose Ziele” cover art and character portraits you see on this page were created by José del Nido, http://josedelnido.com/.

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