June 3, 2013

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

Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1)
Title: Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide #1)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Published: March 6, 2013
Pages: 38
Genre: New Adult Modern Gothic Horror
My Rating: 5 / 5 

~ Synopsis ~
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.

~ My Thoughts ~ 
Vampires haven't been done this right since Anne Rice. Ethereal, dark, foreboding... I couldn't get enough! With this beginning to the series, I know great things are yet to come. The characters are fantastic and vivid, and their story is spellbinding and had me shivering. Before In Darkness We Must Abide, I hadn't yet read any of Rhiannon Frater's novels but had planned on it. Needless to say, I'll be devouring every piece of her writing from now on! 

Similar to shouting out help I feel while watching a horror movie, I wanted to jump in there with the Socolis several times and advise the characters not to look out the window, not to open the door, or not to go downstairs for fear of what might be there lurking in the shadows. I must admit there were a couple of moments when I wanted to hide under the covers! This isn't to say these aren't intelligent characters, however, because they very much are. 

I really appreciate the unconventional family structure - the two older siblings raising their younger sister. And that's just a small part of what makes this family so interesting and anything but the typical family. I mean, how cool is it that they have Romanian ancestors? Unfortunately for them, that's exactly what unleashes the nightmare they must face.  

~I received a copy of this episode in exchange for an honest review~

~ Purchase the Book Including All 5 Episodes of the First Season ~ 

~ About the Author ~

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a. pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.  
You can find her online at:
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail dot com


  1. I like the idea of getting the story in novelette/novella form. But, uh, hmm, if this book scared you, Miss I love scary movies, what hope do I have? Great review!

    1. Oh crap! I didn't mean to scare you or anyone off! I can honestly say that you won't be scared by this book. I mean, yeah, there were a couple creepy moments, but nothing will scar you, I promise. I really think you should read it!! I wouldn't steer ya wrong, lol. :D

    2. Okay, I trust you. I put the whole series on my TBR shelf and snagged the first installment for free on Amazon. You know I like them vampire stories!

    3. Yay! I can't wait til you get a chance to read it! :D

  2. Romanian ancestors? This sounds very interesting... Glad to see you had fun reading this episode. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know, right?? I'd love to have Romanian ancestors! Very mysterious. I'll have my review of the second episode up very soon. I'm working on it right now. Thanks so much for stopping by! :D

  3. This sounds like SUCH a cool book! Just the type of githic theme i've been looking for :) http://www.shesinlovewithbooks.blogspot.com

    1. Awesome! When you get a chance to read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. :D

  4. I'm reading a couple of serials right now and really like it. The small doses spaced not too far apart make it fun.
    I didn't read your review as I now have this and don't want to spoil it. I'll be back after I've finished reading!

    1. What serials are you reading? I like the small doses, too, and I don't blame ya - I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you. I do try my best to leave out any spoilers just fyi. ;) I'm excited to see what you think about it after reading it. :D I've read all five episodes of season one and will be posting my review of the second episode very soon. :)


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