Source: Rhiannon Frater – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Rhiannon Frater
Series: In Darkness We Must Abide #1
Edition: Ebook, 38 pages
Genre: Fantasy Horror
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In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.
Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.
As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.
Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.
Each episode will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words with new installments being published every 2 to 3 weeks.
Episode 1: Death Comes Home
Roman Socoli inadvertently releases a terrible evil when he has his Romanian ancestors entombed on his estate in Houston, Texas.
I’ve never had the chance to read Frater’s other books so I jumped at the chance to do a read along with Contagious Reads for her new serial series.
I felt that the opening was pretty strong and I loved how it draws you into the mystery of Venora’s life. Most of this is a flashback and it gave me some of the details I began to crave after that initial taste. I will say that I guessed early on what was going to happen but despite that I was still hooked and devoured this in about 20 minutes. The setting is dark and has a very gothic feel to it, and since some of my favorite books come from that genre I felt very at home with it. The vampire featured in this one is chilling, manipulative, and ruthless; just the way they should be. I really liked Vanora, she’s beyond her years and yet at the same time she has a bit of childish wonder about her. While I wasn’t overwhelmed by the story itself I loved the way Frater presented it, and with the way it ends I’m definitely looking forward to more!
Read-a-long Discussion: First Impression
In the prologue we meet Armando, what is everyone’s thoughts on him?
He is definitely someone who has left a noticeable imprint on her life…an imprint with haunting eyes.
First impressions of the Socoli family:
I’m actually not sure on that. I like them because they seem close knit and I don’t see many siblings who are really close in fiction, but at the same time I don’t find myself fond of them individually. Vanora is definitely my favorite of the three. Roman is stubborn would do well to at least listen to his sister Alisha. Alisha I find to be a very curious individual but she’s a bit…jumpy.
What was the most spine chilling moment?
For me it would definitely be the scene when Vanora is struggling to wake up in her bedroom.
A vampire tries to break into the house. Would you risk leaving your safe room in order to check on loved ones, or call on the phone?
Is it bad that I have to say it depends? It does though and I guess that makes me a bad person, but there are those I’d risk everything for and others that I’d probably try to call on the phone. We’re talking supernatural beings that survive by harming humans, I would like to think I’m allowed to be picky in this case. (I’m probably still not a good person,lol).