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.
This paperback includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
I am breaking this review up into five parts, since that is how many episodes In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season by Rhiannon Frater contains. I will also give each part it’s own rating out of five and then a final rating for the entire season at the end of the reviews.
Vanora is Romanian and lives in a Gothic-style mansion – what could possibly go wrong? Vampires, of course! Right from the onset of this first episode, the mood is set with great style. I felt encapsulated within the story and never wanted it to end. Rhiannon Frater’s way with words is simply lyrical as she tantalises the reader.
I also love the fact that Frater captures us with dark, mean, insatiable vampires that are far from the romantic notion we have of them today. She has taken old Romanian legends and created one bad-arsed vampire who tears apart Vanora’s world.
By the end of this episode, I found I was salivating for more – especially with the sudden and rather dramatic ending!
4 out of 5 stars
Episode two starts quickly and I am surprised to find that I am neither bogged down with backstory or finding the usual lag that occurs in most second books. I was also delighted to find that getting the sisters to believe in vampires was a quick and surprisingly believable task – nice work Frater!
So much work goes into episode two to set up for the rest of the series, yet there was no feel of this being merely a bridging book to get the reader from point A to point B. The author craftily builds up both suspense and anticipation in the reader.
At one point I was finding the use of a cross by one vampire and not by others a little unbelievable, then, towards the end of this episode, the author neatly ties up that little conundrum for me. Although there other points in this episode where I do feel it is all a bit too easy for the new vampire family.
Overall, this episode helps us understand the journey being made by the now vampire siblings. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
Not only is this the introduction of the delicious Armando, but Vanora blossoms into a character that I truly love. She’s just so sassy. The author also decides to add plot twist after plot twist. The story was getting thick enough to dish out in a bowl with some bread on the side.
And I devoured every last drop of this episode.
And licked the bowl clean too!
I am giving this episode 5 out of 5 stars.
With the shocker ending of the last episode, I jumped feet first into this book – and was a little disappointed. This part, out of all the others, felt like the bridging episode I was expecting #2 to be.
Yet, we still get to see more of Vanora and discover her delicate underside that is hidden by her surly exterior. We also get to see some of the inner mechanics of a vampire’s mind – and not all of it is nice:
“You high-brow Spanish aristocratic pig, whose genes are so inbred you’re lucky you’re genitals aren’t growing out of your forehead, how dare you attempt to put down my great family!”
Out of all the amazing dialogue, this is probably my favourite quote from the entire season.
The author manages to place more intrigue in this episode also, so the reader still feels the compulsion to carry on and find out what comes next.
I was finding it a little tiring, by this point though, to keep reading about Vanora being an albino who thinks she’s ugly. You know it’s a pet peeve of mine, and I am glad when the author starts to bleed this trait out in the next instalment.
I am giving this episode 3 out of 5 stars.
Yeah, it’s another great quote. Episode #5 is my favourite out of the whole season. I just found myself captivated by both the story and the author’s delightful prose.
The author hooks us in with the advent of cleverly woven family history that alludes to more plot developments. We also, FINALLY, get to meet the Master as well as a lot more of Armando – and that is a spectacular thing! *wink*
I found myself actually laughing out loud in some points in this episode. Once again, the character interaction is just divine and the way they speak to each other believable to the point where they feel they are in the room with you.
I am giving this episode 5 out of 5 stars (and wishing I could cheat and give it 6 out of 5 stars!)
Overall, I am giving In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season by Rhiannon Frater, 4 out of 5 stars! I just can’t WAIT for the next season of this series.
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An Extra Special Treat:
I just received the following from Rhiannon Frater:
“On Friday, 5/24, I’ll be doing two video Q & A’s via the TinyChat application on Facebook. You’ll just have to download the app and follow the link when I post it here. You’ll be directed straight into the chat room.
The first chat is scheduled with Europe in mind. 1 PM Central Time will place this chat in the early evening. You’ll have to check a time zone converter for the exact time in your country. This also can work for people who work in the evenings in North America.
The second one will be at 8 PM Central Time.
Basically, I’ll be on live webcam and you guys and gals get to ask me questions about IN DARKNESS WE MUST ABIDE or anything else you’d like to discuss about my writing career, my books, or the horror genre.”
So make sure you tune in to meet the author!