In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater. This is a read along!

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Title: In Darkness We Must Abide Episode One “Death Comes Home”
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Published: March 7, 2013
Source: Author provided ARC
Cover: Corey Hollins
Typography: Ashley Dawn (aka the Bookish Brunette)
Blurb: 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.
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Lori’s Thoughts:
Episode 1 opens with a flash to the protagonist, Vanora’s, future. She receives a message from the very alluring, Armando, that she must return home.
We are then dropped back in time ten years. Vanora is still a small girl of ten. Vanora is not a normal girl. Her uniqueness comes in her looks, she’s albino. Her family, her parents have both died and she is being raised by her brother and sister. Finally, she is unique in that she seems to have a certain gift (of the supernatural sort). Her family, especially her older brother Roman, is very proud of their heritage. When Roman finds out that their former family estate in Romania is in ruins he decided to move is dead ancestors to his home in Texas. Only, not all of the ancestors are dead. The darkness that Roman unknowingly releases will turn Vanora’s unique world upside down.

Let me put this frankly. I am a HUGE Rhiannon Frater fan. You might call me a super fan. Well, if you are being kind. If you are being unkind I believe the term is “fangirl”. I’ll take either, because they are both true.
There is this thing about Rhiannon’s work, going into it you should know that she never leaves well enough alone. Oh no, no, no, no. You think everything is perfect, but really she/her character’s are just biding their time to unleash chaos into their worlds. It’s a gleeful and dark kind of chaos. People die in Rhiannon Frater books and most of them Don’t. Stay. Dead. She also writes very real humans.
In Darkness We Must Abide is no different, only she unleashes her chaos from the get go. There is not comfortable settling here. The world she built is a dark modern gothic. The vampire that comes from Romania is a dark and evil thing. Vanora is a chillingly beautiful child. She is wise beyond her years because of her differences and tragic life. She’s also a bit morbid and hilarious. At one point after her great grandfather vampire tried to eat her she says, “It’s kind of cool that monsters are real, but I don’t like this monster.” I think she is one ten year old I wouldn’t mind hanging out with.
Overall, the beginning of this series has set the right tone for what is sure to be another EPIC Frater work!! I cannot wait to sink my teeth into more of it.

Read Along Discussion. First Impressions:

In the prologue we meet Armando, what is everyone’s thoughts on him
-Armando. Sigh. From the very beginning we can tell that he means something to Vanora. “With his presence still sizzling on her skin and his hazel eyes still haunting her thoughts….” Yeah, someone who is just a pal doesn’t leave a lingering sizzle. There is definitely something there.
First impressions of the Socoli family:
-I love their family dynamic. They are all siblings but because of the age difference between Vanora and her older brother (Roman) and sister (Alisha) the lines are blurred and they come across as parental figures. Vanora is my favorite out of the three siblings. Roman is bullheaded. Alisha is great, also headstorng, independent and she has a her own flair.
What was the most spine chilling moment
-To me it was this line muttered by Roman when Alisha is talking to him about the (formally) chained coffin they had just moved in. “The dead are dead.” Usually when someone says something like that in a horror book they regret it later.
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?
-I wish I could say with 100% conviction that I would risk leaving the safe room. But more than likely if it wasn’t my niece, nephews or daughter in the other rooms, I would probably just use the phone.


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