Sunday, June 2, 2013

Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide #1) by Rhiannon Frater (Review)

Paranormal, Horror, Fantasy
Publication.Date  March 2013 (ebook)
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services
WebsiteRhiannon Frater 

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My review copy:Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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.

With his presence still sizzling on her skin and his hazel eyes still haunting her thoughts, Vanora pondered the words that Armando had spoken in his silky Spanish accent.
“Roman, are you ever afraid?” Roman shook his head. “Should I be?” “Maybe we all should be,” Alisha responded before closing the door behind her as she left.
“I’m afraid,” Vanora whispered, pulling the covers up around her waist. She dug into the bag of chips and stuffed several into her mouth. “Are you?” “I’d be an idiot not to be.
Staring at her intently, his expression hungry and full of desire, she felt his mind touch hers. I shall be your Master and you shall be my Bride.. 

     Reviewer Note: I debated about whether or not to write a review on the entirely of the first season, but then I decided to do one episode at a time. If Frater wanted to make one whole book of this, she could have, but she released one episode at a time, so I’ll do the same with her reviews. Each review will come out a week apart to give you a chance to read the episode before my next review comes out. So far episode one is about 50 pages and episode two is about 60, so it should be easy for you to keep up  :)

      Holy Cow. I blew through episode one. For such a short episode, it was beyond amazing. (Can I actually give it 6/5 instead of 5/5?)

     The episode starts off with Vanora having some internal debate. She was told to go home by Armando - whomever that is - but is wondering if she’s “strong enough to go home and save the ones she loved.”

     Jump back 10 years to 2001. Roman, Alisha, and Vanora Sicoli are siblings living in their parents’ estate, whom died years ago. We only see a small amount of interaction between the three but we know that they have a very close and a very cute relationship. I connected with them immediately and I’m really pulling for them.

     Roman, the eldest by 10 years, has a deep respect for his Romanian heritage, instilled by his parents, and travels back to Romania to bring his ancestors bodies home as the Romanian government has confiscated his families old estate.

     I’m on Alisha’s side with this - it’s creepy and I don’t like it. Alisha has what she calls a Second Sight and is very uneasy about their ancestors being brought to their home, especially since one of the graves was covered in chains and Roman had them removed.

     Bad move. (This isn’t a spoiler, if something bad didn’t happen, well, there’d be no novel/series, would there?) Removing these chains lets out something evil that beings to stalk the siblings.

     I probably should not have read this at night. And I don’t mean all of season one, I’m talking just episode one. Frater creates this creepy feeling, that it takes some authors entire novels to accomplish, in just 50 pages. Less than that actually because I spent 2/3 of Death Comes Home on edge.

     If you are a fan of vampires, gothic novels, and horror stories, this is definitely a series you need to start and you need to start it now.

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