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Reviewed by Dan M. Kalin for Readers' Favorite
The Lilium is the story of the first of Lilith and Satan's children, Naamah, who escapes being eaten after birth by hiding within Lilith's cavern prison underneath the ocean. Lilith's birthing is characterized by a large number of infants, most if not all would be immediately be eaten by their famished mother. Naamah is able to save a sister (Secunda) and brother (Primero) when God destroys Lilith's prison in response to the death of Abel and Lilith's role in it. Separated from mother Lilith, the Lilium survive by spiritual predation on mankind and are immortal unless killed. Unlike their mother, the three siblings grow closer to loving and helping humans as their endless years progress. So when more demonic monsters appear, Lilith is clearly still breeding. The three Lilium travel the world to cleanse it of their monstrous siblings as well as deal with their mother once and for all. Along the way, the Lilium, despite their origin, hope for redemption in God's eyes. Written in the first-person perspective of Naamah, Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin's story tie together many of mankind's myths into one narrative.
The Lilium is a compelling well-written redemption story told in a single volume. I personally enjoy it when authors take history or myth and create new ways to view the putative events. Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin deftly craft the story of how the Lilium weave their way through killing monsters out of legend and meeting many historical figures during their quest travels. Writing a story in first-person is difficult to do, but the authors pull it off and have created something I found very difficult to put down before the finish. What Anne Rice did for vampires, Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin do for succubi-demons.