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 #2
Genre: Fantasy Horror
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Death has claimed a Socoli, but the family curse will not allow him to stay dead. Vanora and Alisha must battle the creature that stole their brother’s life while fearing the possible resurrection of Roman.
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.
So with last week’s episode leaving off on a rather pivotal moment in the book i was quite eager to see what had become of Roman and his family. This episode relays heavily on Roman and his point of view, so we get to see things for a very different stand point. There might be some slight spoilers for those who haven’t read the first one…but I’ve tried to keep most of it ambiguous so that you can’t tell specifically who or what I’m referring to.
I personally enjoy the fact that Frater is working from lore and adding that danger back into the creatures of the night. Its clear that Roman is working very hard to maintain his humanity but I like that it only takes a moment for it to disappear again. I love the concept of having someone’s state of mind determine how things like holy objects react to their presence, it’s a interesting little quirk. The fact that maintaining humanity is playing a big part in this reminds me a bit of Anne Rice’s Louie, who was always worried about going to far. I’m finding that I enjoying Vanora the most in this, she feels like an ‘old soul’ and while at times the high maturity of her is a bit odd I like that she isn’t a kid who’s going to scream at everything. She’s brave and not afraid to do what she needs to do in order to protect herself or her family.
I will say that I’m a bit upset I”m not enjoying these as much as everyone else, it’s a bit odd to be only person below 4 stars on something. I honestly think it has to do with a pet peeve of mine coming into play, and that’s word repetition. I notice when words or names are being repeated a lot, and my eye will literally start twitching from it. I’m still super curious about how the family is going to work through their new situation and how they’ll manage on a more permanent basis.
Read-along Discussion: Changes
How do you think Vanora’s life will be affected by all the changes around her?
Well that’s an easy question and at the same time kind of hard. I think at first everything will have to have some changes, from how she will get her meals to how she’ll have to interact with her brother and sister. I think over time things will become easier for them all as they find out what works and what doesn’t, but those initial few days/weeks would probably be drastic. The hard part is if the vampire becomes extremely prominent…because if it does then I can see her life going negative very fast.
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