Sunday, June 16, 2013

Death In The Shadows (In Darkness We Must Abide #2) by Rhiannon Frater (Review)

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

Death In The Shadows on Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Episode 2

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.

Episode 1: Death Comes Home (Available now)
Roman Socoli inadvertently releases a terrible evil when he has his Romanian ancestors entombed on his estate in Houston, Texas.

Tears glittering in her eyes, her thoughts drifted to her family and the terrible fate that had befallen them.
The shadows no longer hid secrets.
A quaint, middle-class neighborhood that surrounded the estate emerged and his hunger surged. He had to get away from these people too. He could no longer trust himself. Every fiber of his being yearned for the life-giving warmth of blood.
He expected to feel remorse, but as he had fed and the hunger had faded, he had felt nothing more than satisfaction.
In the mausoleum, the vampires slept. Both dreamed of their plans for their approaching night. One dreamed of blood and victory, the other dreamed of murder and revenge.

       This vampire is not messing around. No, sir. He is badass. No glittering in the sun, no dashing 100-watt smile. Pure and uninhibited evil. He wants to collect the Socoli children and he wants to collect them bad.

     With Alisha and Vanora dealing with the death of their brother, and the knowledge that the vampire killed him, things are getting a little more hectic. At the same time, these sisters are really bonding together to protect one another.

     Death in the Shadows also allows more depth into their characters. I can already tell that Vanora, despite her young age, is going to be a force to be reckoned with. She’s a feisty spitfire and I’m very curious to find out what’s going to happen in the next three serials.

     One of my favorite parts of this series, is that it goes back to the roots of vampirism. Think Dracula. It’s scary and suspenseful and has the feel of a classic gothic horror novel. You are also very connected with the characters. Their attempt at survival against odds they never could have imagined facing.

     This episode ends more hopeful for the Socoli family, though there were a few scenes that just broke my heart, and I’m really pulling for this family, but at the same time I get a feeling that it’s not going to end as well as these characters imagine/hope it will.

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