Hoffnungslose Ziele III

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*** WARNING: SPOILER ALERT TO THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ I & II ***

Hoffnungslose Ziele III: Sympathy for the Fallen is a fantasy novel and direct sequel to Hoffnungslose Ziele II: Anna’s Crusade, and the final installment in the Hoffnungslose Ziele series. The story begins in the year 1866, in the middle of events that took place in Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes, but it does not stay there. Rather, while centering around the present, 2018, Hoffnungslose Ziele III takes the reader on a journey across time and various realms, exploring in much greater detail than the first two novels the back stories of the more fantastic beings found in the series.

In 1867, in the first book of the series, Metia killed the partisan Devil and liberated an imprisoned soul from Hell, something that was supposed to be impossible. In 1891, she did something even more outrageous: she killed the four arch-demons who ruled as Princes of Hell in the Devil’s place, unraveled the dark barrier surrounding Hell, and reformed the underworld in a more pagan image, opening the path to redemption even to the damned and ending eternal punishment. She also more or less rid the earth of demons, leaving humanity free from supernatural influences.

Near the end of the second book, Anna’s Crusade, the reader was introduced to the demigoddess Metia’s daughter, Julia. After coming of age during World War I and witnessing the death of her older brother, Julia, the reincarnation of Fate, has waited not so patiently for her brother to reincarnate. Once she finds him, a mortal man who remembers nothing of his previous incarnation, she cannot resist the temptation to meddle in his life!

Julia, flanked by Anna and Metia’s daughters Amy and Luna, born in modern times (the 1970s), conspires to cure their reincarnated brother of his debilitating chronic illness, and jog his past life memories in the process. The results of Julia’s meddling, and the events it sets in motion, are beyond even the Goddess of Fate’s ability to predict. In 2018, as a direct result of Julia’s meddling, Metia’s reincarnated son finds himself lost on a journey across time, a journey that reveals the motives of numerous villains in the previous mythology for doing the things they did. It also leads him directly into the path of the fallen angels, and forces him, and all of Metia’s children, to confront the horrors of Hell anew. It also calls into question everyone’s belief that the “partisans,” or angels and demons, are either purely good or purely evil, and that those who have fallen are truly beyond redemption.

Anna and Metia’s children are not just conflicted over whether they can trust any of the fallen, though: a new threat is revealed, a plan hatched by some of the fallen themselves to unravel the home of the angels and corrupt all of Creation. Faced with an impossibly strong enemy, Anna’s and Metia’s family of pagan gods/goddesses must work together, and even team up with a fallen angel they may or may not be able to trust, to escape from Hell and prevent the end of the world. If you were surprised by the plot twists in the first two books, buckle up–you’re in for a wild ride!

Here is a brief sample of how the story begins.

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ANNA DIANA

Name: Anna Diana (born Anna Maria Veller)

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. Mother of Amy Maria Strehl and Luna, both demigoddesses.

Additional Info: One of the Old Gods, known by various names throughout human history such as Artemis, Diana, and Medeina, but most commonly called simply The Huntress. She was killed ~ 13,500 years ago and reincarnated as a peasant farm girl in the (fictitious) rural village of Weizen, in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom of Prussia (modern-day Kaliningrad Oblast), along with her friend, Aphrodite/Venus, who was reincarnated as Christine Elisabeth Gauger. Shorn of their past life memories, the pair were targeted by unsavory elements of the Invisible World that recognized them for who they once were.

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 Diana. Mother of Metia. Grandmother of Mīlan, Julia, and Luna.

Additional Info: One of the Old Gods, known by various names throughout human history such as Aphrodite, Venus, and The Morning Star. She was killed ~ 13,500 years ago and reincarnated 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 regained her divinity.

METIA

Name: Metia

Height: 5’7” (170 cm)

Hair color: Dirty-blonde

Eye color: Grey

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, Julia, and Luna.

Additional Info: Mother of the Old Gods, known by various names throughout human history including Gaia and Žemyna. Responsible for protecting the Earth and Creation. She was killed ~ 13,500 years ago and reincarnated as the demi-goddess daughter of Christine Gauger.

KEVIN_1

Name: Kevin Yamashita Reinholz

Height: 5’9” (177 cm)

Hair color: Dark Brown

Eye color: Dark Brown

Blood type: B (Rh Positive)

Birth date: 31 March 1981.

Relationships: Descendant of Mīlan and the mortal Emilie Reinholz. Watched (and contacted by) Metia, as well as Julia, who believes him to be the reincarnation of her brother Mīlan.

Additional Info: Fully mortal man, in spite of descent from Metia. Afflicted by a debilitating chronic illness. Believed to be the reincarnation of Mīlan, who was killed by Peckols near the end of Hoffnungslose Ziele II: Anna’s Crusade. However, he has no memories of this or any other purported past life. Contacted first by Metia, then by Anna Diana, and dutifully recorded their adventures in Hoffnungslose Ziele: A Dark Journey of Lost Causes, and Hoffnungslose Ziele II: Anna’s Crusade.

JULIA DIANA GAUGER_rgb

Name: Julia Diana Gauger

Height: 5’7” (170 cm)

Hair color: Brown

Eye color: Grey

Blood type: Unknown (part god)

Birth date: 11 October 1892

Relationships: Daughter of Metia and Julius Caesar. Sister of Mīlan and Luna. Obsessed with her older brother and, due to her ability to glimpse future events, believes she has found his reincarnation in modern times.

Additional Info: One of the Old Gods, known by various names throughout human history including Tyche, Fortuna, Laima, or simply Fate. She was killed ~ 13,500 years ago and reincarnated as the demi-goddess daughter of Metia. Although she has visions of the future, Julia is known to keep them to herself, as the future is not yet written and “possibilities” can easily confuse or mislead.

AMY MARIA STREHL

Name: Amy Maria Strehl

Height: 5’6” (168 cm)

Hair color: Brown

Eye color: Blue

Blood type: Unknown (part god)

Birth date: 4 May 1977

Relationships: Daughter of Anna Diana and Gustav August Strehl. Twin half-sister (fraternal) of Luna, and half-sister of Mīlan.

Additional Info: Reincarnation of a mortal, human soul, but due to her gestation inside the womb of a demi-goddess (Anna Diana), and having a reincarnated goddess (Luna) as a twin, Amy is born a demi-goddess. Normally calm and collected, she is a brilliant medical doctor in the United States of America, where she researches and attempts to cure rare and little understood diseases, but is also known to “cheat” on occasion and use her magic to heal trauma patients.

LUNA_ret

Name: Luna

Height: 5’7” (170 cm)

Hair color: Dirty-blonde

Eye color: Blue

Blood type: Unknown (part god)

Birth date: 4 May 1977

Relationships: Daughter of Anna Diana and Metia (conceived through the use of magic). Twin half-sister (fraternal) of Amy, and half-sister of Mīlan and Julia.

Additional Info: One of the Old Gods, known by various names throughout human history including Selene and Luna. She was killed during the war between the Old Gods and the “partisans,” and reincarnated as the demi-goddess daughter of Metia and Anna Diana after Metia magically implanted her own seed in Anna Diana’s womb while helping the latter to conceive Amy. Luna is outgoing and flamboyant, but also a brilliant physicist who seeks to explain magical phenomena in scientific terms.

CELESTE_ret

Name: Celeste

Height: 5’9” (177 cm)

Hair color: Black

Eye color: Lavender

Blood type: Unknown (fallen angel)

Birth date: Born outside of time in the realm of the Angels, approximately 500 million years old by human reckoning.

Relationships: Servant of Naamah, a higher-ranking demon, as well as the Devil. She also has a historical connection with Metia’s family, but she is reluctant to speak of it.

Additional Info: A fallen angel, or demon, Celeste once dwelt in the timeless realm of the Angels, connected to Paradise, but was seduced by the Devil’s lies and chose to fall, becoming a servant (and inmate) of Hell.

NAAMAH_Ret

Name: Naamah

Height: 5’11” (180 cm)

Hair color: Blonde

Eye color: Ice blue

Blood type: Unknown (fallen angel)

Birth date: Born outside of time in the realm of the Angels, approximately 500 million years old by human reckoning.

Relationships: Mother of Asmodeus, a Prince of Hell and one of four arch-demons second only in power and authority to the Devil.

Additional Info: Formerly the Angel of Prostitution, Naamah specializes in seduction and lust, and like her son, Asmodeus, has insatiable appetites. As the mother of one of the arch-demons, Naamah enjoys considerable privilege in Hell, but she is ambitious and always looking to increase her standing.

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/.