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This compilation includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial. 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 chang This compilation includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial. 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.


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This compilation includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial. 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 chang This compilation includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial. 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.

30 review for In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eric Asher

    I read and wrote a short review for each episode of this fantastic serial. I have compiled them below. EPISODE 1: This is a very interesting start to the serial. The setting is creepy, the backstory is intriguing, and I am worried about what is going to happen to these characters I just met. I already bought the next installment in the serial. Frater’s prose is flowing, engaging, and begs to be read. Please excuse me while I go read more of it. EPISODE 2: I made the terrible mistake of starting to r I read and wrote a short review for each episode of this fantastic serial. I have compiled them below. EPISODE 1: This is a very interesting start to the serial. The setting is creepy, the backstory is intriguing, and I am worried about what is going to happen to these characters I just met. I already bought the next installment in the serial. Frater’s prose is flowing, engaging, and begs to be read. Please excuse me while I go read more of it. EPISODE 2: I made the terrible mistake of starting to read this serial when I really don’t have a lot of time to commit to reading this week. Episode two does not disappoint. I feel like Frater is setting the stage for something big and bad, and hopefully our favorite trio can endure. This installment includes some classic vampire lore, and things get a bit crunchy before the end. There’s not much to say without revealing key plot elements, so let’s just leave it at “You should read this.” EPISODE 3: What destiny lies in wait for Vanora? Roman's Law has unexpected side effects, and Frater uses it to both hint at Vanora's abilities and set the stage for episode four. Again, I can do nothing but recommend this serial. It is well worth your time. EPISODE 4: Oh what tangled webs … I have a serious love hate thing going on with Armando. More tiny clues about Vanora’s abilities start to appear in episode four and I am dying to see if we have some revelations in episode five. I’m beginning to get very concerned about where the story is going in regards to Armando’s, shall we say, cohorts. I am going to need therapy if anything happens to these characters. Well done, Rhiannon Frater. EPISODE 5: Speechless. Yes, I am speechless. Can I even say anything without spoilers? I think so. Let’s try. There is some great humor in this episode, and you need it to lighten the mood when things go dark. Roman’s proposed solution for dealing with Vanora’s future boyfriend is very entertaining. Armando remains one of my favorite characters. It seems his loyalties have fallen in direct conflict with each other, and I am dying to see where it goes in season two. The hints about his master are nothing short of unnerving. A little tidbit of information comes up in regards to how the vampires in this world view children. It is awesomely, awesomely, epic. You’ll be torn when the vampires dispense their justice. The sword cuts both ways. The things Vanora witnesses, experiences, and endures … I’m not even going there. Read this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    I participated in the read along for this first season so I am going to post my review/discussion for each episode here. Episode 1: 1. For the chapter prologue: What does everyone think of Armando? It’s clear that Vanora has a reaction to him. - Vanora’s reaction to Armando is one of very mixed emotions. Vanora is both thrilled and frightened of Armando, which already makes me want to read every episode right now so I can find out what is going on in present day! 2. First impressions of the Socoli’s I participated in the read along for this first season so I am going to post my review/discussion for each episode here. Episode 1: 1. For the chapter prologue: What does everyone think of Armando? It’s clear that Vanora has a reaction to him. - Vanora’s reaction to Armando is one of very mixed emotions. Vanora is both thrilled and frightened of Armando, which already makes me want to read every episode right now so I can find out what is going on in present day! 2. First impressions of the Socoli’s. What do we think of them as a family? As individuals? - I immediately love this family. Roman and Alisha care for Vanora like she is their child instead of little sister. Vanora is a typical kid in many ways, such as her love of horror movies and asking for brain frosting on her cake, but very mature in other ways — ready to take down the evil that lurks outside. Her albinism is an interesting characteristic, especially for this type of story. My first impression is that the Socoli’s are of some great importance, or some type of royalty, living in a mansion at the “Socoli Estate,” another estate that had been in Romania, and building a mausoleum for their dead. Most families don’t have those types of luxuries. 3. What was your most spine chilling moment? - There were quite a few spine chilling moments for me. Each interaction with the evil outside was spine chilling. The creature being in Vanora’s room, climbing off her toy chest and coming toward her bed was especially creepy to me. 4. If a vampire were trying to break into your house, would you risk leaving the safe room to check on loved ones, or use the phone like in the story? - I would probably leave the room. I am a mother and would die for my children so leaving the safety of a room to make sure my kids/family were safe would be my number one priority. 5. In the story Vanora says “It’s kind of cool that monsters are real, but I don’t like this monster.” Would you be excited/scared like Vanora is at finding out that monsters are real, or would you be scared/scared? - I am such a horror/paranormal freak that I would probably be excited/scared like Vanora is in the story. 6. Cliffhanger? Are you completely hooked? Were you mad it ended like that? - Yes, I am completely hooked. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be at first, but by the end of the episode I was definitely wanting more. Episode 2: How do you think Vanora’s life will be affected by all the changes around her? Quite frankly I think Vanora’s life is completely screwed now, but Roman and Alisha have somehow pulled themselves together and are making quick work of rebuilding their lives to resemble something along the lines of “normal.” Rose-colored glasses anyone? As captivating as this serial novel has been so far, this episode unfolded a bit too swiftly for me. It felt rushed, as if we were racing to get somewhere, to get things resolved. I can’t imagine Roman and Alisha overcoming all of their “obstacles” in such a short amount of time. I do believe there will be a long road ahead for the Socoli family. My prediction is that Vanora will be forced to make some difficult decisions in the near future to keep herself out of harms way. I'm still hooked, and anxious to find out where Frater takes us in the next episode. Episode 3: This third installment was OUTSTANDING! Rhiannon Frater really knows how to draw you right back in where you left off, and leave you salivating for more at the end, just like a weekly television series. Everything about this installment was captivating. I bit off every one of my nails in the time it took me to read it. I want to talk about how much I love what an awesome young woman Vanora is growing up to be, and about how adorable her crush is, but I am supposed to be discussing Armando. Sexy, swoon-worthy Armando with his auburn eyes and dark lashes. His story had a slight Interview with a Vampire feel to it in some ways; the story he told to the Socoli’s, even though he wasn’t being honest with them. I feel like I am getting to know his character, just as the Socoli’s feel they are becoming his friends. I can understand how easily he was able to manipulate them with his charms. I have a feeling that, although Armando has an ulterior motive, he really does care for Vanora, and that he will end up protecting her at all costs, for his own sake, not because it’s what his Master has commanded. I am so excited to read the fourth episode! I want to curl up and devour this entire series in one night (preferably tonight!). Episode 4: The Gift was so good I am at a loss for words - which it totally unlike me. I normally ramble on like an ADHD child that just ate a five pound bag of sugar, colored with red dye #40, when it comes to my reviews. And I could totally do that right now, but I don't want to give anything away. I felt sorry for Vanora through much of this episode, and now I'm not sure how I feel. I do know that what I thought was coming after episode three has been completely blown out of the water now. I'm excited, and slightly terrified, to read the final episode. Episode 5: Simply put: Episode 5 blew my freaking mind! I have read it several times already, and the shock factor hasn’t dwindled. The Vampires was the best episode of the five, and that’s saying a lot because every episode has been remarkable. Frater built me up with excitement, anticipation, and hope — that warm, fuzzy feeling that wraps itself around me whenever I read a blossoming love story — and then WHAM! I’m left with a gaping hole through the center of my security blankie and everything quickly spirals out of control. It was dark and gruesome, and I loved every moment of it. The pages of this final episode are dripping with sordid drama and intense action. The imagery is vivid and horrifying. I can’t believe how Frater ended this season!! There is so much to look forward to when season two comes out next month. I can’t wait to read the complete first season in paperback, right before moving onto even more Awesomesauce in season two.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Netanella

    The first five episodes in Rhiannon Frater's serialized novel of the modern-day vampire family. I picked this up on a whim, as I thought I've "been there, done that" with most vampire stories. But. You know. Rhiannon. Frater. So, I began to read about Roman and Alisha and Vanora, three young siblings left orphans after the death of their parents. Three siblings who become trapped in the old family curse of darkness and prophecy. Each episode seemed to build in characterization and depth and comp The first five episodes in Rhiannon Frater's serialized novel of the modern-day vampire family. I picked this up on a whim, as I thought I've "been there, done that" with most vampire stories. But. You know. Rhiannon. Frater. So, I began to read about Roman and Alisha and Vanora, three young siblings left orphans after the death of their parents. Three siblings who become trapped in the old family curse of darkness and prophecy. Each episode seemed to build in characterization and depth and complexity until the last episode simply exploded in an orgiastic frenzy of sex and death and blood. Gotta say, the last one hit it out of the ball park, to use a very American expression. Loved this. Need more. Nuff said.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Tsoumbakos

    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. Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1) 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 s 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. Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1) 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 Death in the Shadows (In Darkness We Must Abide #2) 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. The Arrival of Armando DeLeon (In Darkness We Must Abide, #3) Oh yeah baby – HELLO Armando! So hot (even when he’s dead cold), so sexy, so vampire – I SO love him! 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. The Gift (In Darkness We Must Abide, #4) 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. The Vampires (In Darkness We Must Abide, #5) “Vanora, we are monsters with human faces and human hearts. The worst sort of hell, don’t you think?” 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Originally posted on my blog: book-scents.com I haven't really read any serials before so this was kind of a new experience for me, reading these episodes. At the beginning of each episode is a snippet of a scene that is happening after the events in these five episodes. The scene unfolds with each episode and ties them together. As this was told in episodes, I'm going to format my review as reactions to each episode. This will be spoiler free, so my discussions may become less as the episodes pr Originally posted on my blog: book-scents.com I haven't really read any serials before so this was kind of a new experience for me, reading these episodes. At the beginning of each episode is a snippet of a scene that is happening after the events in these five episodes. The scene unfolds with each episode and ties them together. As this was told in episodes, I'm going to format my review as reactions to each episode. This will be spoiler free, so my discussions may become less as the episodes progress in order to keep it that way. =) Episode 1: Death Comes Home In this first episode we're introduced to a little girl, Vanora who is an albino and lives with her two loving siblings: her sister Alisha and brother Roman. Their family is Romanian and the story opens with the arrival of some dead ancestors that they are burying in their mausoleum, one of which has a chained coffin (uh oh). I started reading this right before bed and let me just tell you, it creeped me out. It has a very Bram Stoker's Dracula feel to it. (I absolutely loved Bram Stoker's Dracula!) The descriptions were so well written! I loved the scary/creepy atmosphere. The main characters are well put together and Rhiannon really starts developing them. Roman is the protective, older half brother and Alisha and Vanora seem to each possess some aspect of their deceased mother's "ability". Intriguing already, right? While this episode did have me peering anxiously at the scary tree outside my window that night, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Episode 2: Death in the Shadows I really liked this one! I feel like Rhiannon captures the fear and essence of vampires really well. Set with this Gothic feel, she writes them as scary, powerful, complicated creatures. I like this more "classic" vampire approach -- it gives it that horror factor I guess you can say. Anyway, in this episode, the story progresses as the Soccoli family is changed and I thought it was great how Rhiannon walked you through all the FEELINGS that went on. The Soccolis are a very tight knit family. Some very well written crazy emotions and inner battles going on and I felt like I was there. At this point, I'm pretty invested. Episode 3: The Arrival of Armando DeLeon Oh hey there Armando. Enter swoony, dangerous, mysterious vampire. Soo, since this guy is Spanish, it'd make sense if I pictured him in my head as well, Spanish, but no. I somehow keep popping up with an image of David Boreanaz as Angel here. Well, hey they've both got swoony, dangerous and mysterious in common! Anyway. This new vampire enters the picture and there's something going on that he's not telling. Is he good? Is he bad? Can we trust him? Who is this "Master"?? Lots of questions pop up in this one and it really keeps you reading. In the meantime, Vanora is growing up and we see hints of this "ability" that she has. Even more to add to the curiosity. But the important thing here is Armando. I STILL don't know for sure where he really stands but umm, I like him. You will too. Episode 4: The Gift So the pace in this one kind of slowed and especially toward the middle and end of this episode, I started really wanting the story to speed up. It kind of felt like a set up type episode. This is my one complaint of this serial because it just kind of lost my attention a bit here. Episode 5: The Vampires But hey! Good thing I kept reading because this last episode was so good! Here, the pace picks up, there's lots of action, character developments going on all over and my eyes were glued to my Kindle. I can't really say much because you should read it and experience it for yourself and I don't want to spoil anything. But, I have to say, the way Rhiannon has let these characters grow over the course of years is great. The relationships seem very real, their thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions are all things that I feel like I would do or experience. I like this paranormal aspect of this sixth sense or power or whatever it is that Vanora has. Definitely intriguing. Overall, very enjoyable serial and after the ending of season 1, I can't wait for the next!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lanye

    I'm a picky reader. Nearly every time I go into a bookstore I leave empty handed. I need to be sucked into the story. I need something different from every other novel on the shelf. Rhiannon Frater has done that with this serial. I have known of Rhiannon Frater since she first started self-publishing. I kept tabs on her work, but frequently dismissed them because of time constraints and life in general. However, when In Darkness We Must Abide came to be I found myself curious. I didn't immediate I'm a picky reader. Nearly every time I go into a bookstore I leave empty handed. I need to be sucked into the story. I need something different from every other novel on the shelf. Rhiannon Frater has done that with this serial. I have known of Rhiannon Frater since she first started self-publishing. I kept tabs on her work, but frequently dismissed them because of time constraints and life in general. However, when In Darkness We Must Abide came to be I found myself curious. I didn't immediately look into the serial because of reasons mentioned above, but I kept seeing talk of the serial on social media and downloaded the first episode. I wanted something to read and it was free. I gave it a shot and I am so glad that I did. A story hasn't grabbed me in the way that In Darkness We Must Abide has in a great while. Though the first episode seemed to crawl for me, by the time I got to the end there was no doubt in my mind that I would be purchasing the next episode. I needed to know what happened to this girl! What of her family? I was on the edge of my seat. I downloaded the next episode, and after it I bought all of them at once. I knew that I would have to continue this story. I couldn't avoid it. It had seduced me, pulled me into its world and I didn't want to come back out. The characters are interesting, at some points predictable and at other times they surprise you. The amount of mystery draws the reader in. The dynamics between characters are interesting rather than generic, which has become so much more common in literature. The way the serial is written, that little teaser of what the future holds in each episode keeps you coming back for more. I felt for the characters, I was able to see them as real people and relate to them. I wanted to follow Vanora's story until the end, and every time I finished an episode I dove hungrily into the next. I read episodes 1-9 in three days. At the end of episode nine I didn't know how I could possibly wait on the next installment. Rhiannon Frater may not have the "polish" that some formally published authors do, but this story is nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I felt that certain aspects were over the top, though I know that when the story is complete I will understand why all of these things were necessary for the story to develop. This has already been supported by evidence in the episodes currently available. This author does not give her characters meaningless traits or actions. I was in awe of how she crafted this world. I'm not particularly stuck on the "supernatural" genre. It's not the only thing I read. That being said, this serial caught me in a way that few books of any genre ever have. I grow tired of reading the same story in a different binding. This story is not that. I'm a picky reader. To finish a story, I have to be enthralled. Rhiannon Frater accomplished this in 26 pages. I applaud you, Rhiannon. You have something that many authors don't: the ability to create a world entirely different from the one we see every day that is believable, entrancing, and fiercely seducing. I hope you continue to do so. My only regret is that this story will come to an end, and I fear that I will believe it to be too short. I love to read a long series, and even after three books, seven books or more I always feel like I need more of that world. I know that when this serial comes to an end I will be sad that there is no more story to tell, but I know I will read it over and over again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paddy

    I really don't think that she's written a stinker, every book I've read of hers I have enjoyed from cover to cover and this certainly is no exception. I am glad however that I bought the book as a complete whole season because it allowed the flow of the story to continue without interruption. I then bought episode 6 and am waiting for episode 7 to come out and fine it irritating to say the least! Back to this complete season, just brilliant and so gutted when it finished. If you like the genre yo I really don't think that she's written a stinker, every book I've read of hers I have enjoyed from cover to cover and this certainly is no exception. I am glad however that I bought the book as a complete whole season because it allowed the flow of the story to continue without interruption. I then bought episode 6 and am waiting for episode 7 to come out and fine it irritating to say the least! Back to this complete season, just brilliant and so gutted when it finished. If you like the genre you'll love this, but personally I'd only buy the seasons as they come out complete to get the best out of the story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lorre

    I absolutely loved it!!! I suspected I would love it cause everything I've read from Rhianon Frater is just amazing. This first season of In Darkness We Must Abide is fab.u.lous! I adored Vanora after a few pages and can't wait to see what happens to her and her siblings in the 2nd and 3rd season. I absolutely loved it!!! I suspected I would love it cause everything I've read from Rhianon Frater is just amazing. This first season of In Darkness We Must Abide is fab.u.lous! I adored Vanora after a few pages and can't wait to see what happens to her and her siblings in the 2nd and 3rd season.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    One of the best serials I have ever read, Rhiannon Frater keeps me on the edge of my seat with this modern gothic tale of Vanora. It has a more obvious romantic thread then any of other Frater works, but it works, and Armando is an amazing leading man.

  10. 4 out of 5

    It's Me - Yvette

    First, for the record, I'm glad I have Goodreads friends or I never would have known about this gem. Enjoyed this more than I expected. Off to a good start. I will definitely read more from this author. First, for the record, I'm glad I have Goodreads friends or I never would have known about this gem. Enjoyed this more than I expected. Off to a good start. I will definitely read more from this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Seyma Shabbir

    Great story of Vanora (an albino girl) who is raised by her half brother and sister and how her family becomes intertwined with vampires. I loved the character development and storyline. Although there is a forbidden love, it is dark and true to the nature of vampires. Loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This is a must-read for Frater fans the world over! Gory, sensual, tear inducing, horror bliss! <3

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jackie's Bookbytes

    Reading this book contributed to the FraterfestRAT Challenge It was Halloween 2007 that broke the last straw for Vanora Socoli. Alisha and Roman were bitten with the vampire curse but would never hurt their sister, still, Vanora felt she had to leave her vampire family after what she saw. Vanora was young but very naïve and had unrealistic expectations regarding the true nature of vampirism, but so did Roman although they fed off of animal blood and were doing a pretty good job of it until...well. Reading this book contributed to the FraterfestRAT Challenge It was Halloween 2007 that broke the last straw for Vanora Socoli. Alisha and Roman were bitten with the vampire curse but would never hurt their sister, still, Vanora felt she had to leave her vampire family after what she saw. Vanora was young but very naïve and had unrealistic expectations regarding the true nature of vampirism, but so did Roman although they fed off of animal blood and were doing a pretty good job of it until...well. There was some other terrible evil brewing in the background to which a very handsome and mysterious Armando was involved. dun duh dun dun

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Let me start by saying I love how this book has been compiled into the first five episodes. Any one who is a fan of vamps should give this a try

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angel Durbin

    Captivated Captivating story, the pages kept flowing right until the end where I was captured for more adventure and more vampire

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amber K

    Vampire In The Night b Rhiannon Frater This was a captivating and intriguing read. Great audio narration as well. I found Armando one of those characters that you are torn between loving and hating!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Purdy

    This serial novel follows the Socoli Family as they descend into the dark world of vampires and a long, deadly family history that has come full circle to haunt the three siblings Roman, Alisha and Vanora in their Texas home. The descriptive writing and excellent set up had me on edge throughout the first season. This serial novel has a way to addict the reader like literary crack. The suspense, violence and horror are written in such a manner, you must come back for more, much like an episode of This serial novel follows the Socoli Family as they descend into the dark world of vampires and a long, deadly family history that has come full circle to haunt the three siblings Roman, Alisha and Vanora in their Texas home. The descriptive writing and excellent set up had me on edge throughout the first season. This serial novel has a way to addict the reader like literary crack. The suspense, violence and horror are written in such a manner, you must come back for more, much like an episode of a favorite TV show you desperately wait for each week. I personally have not read serial novels a lot before, but I find this format very intriguing and fun to read. It’s like taking nice size bites of a yummy dessert. Full of dark undertones, mystery, violence and a good amount of gore which intensifies as the story goes on. It’s the perfect gothic setting for a tale with more traditional vampire storytelling which includes the old folklore of the species. I loved that. It’s dark, raw and reminiscent of old horror movies. Vanora, our main character who is human, is the focus of the story. Her family may be made up of mostly vampires, but she brings a very human factor to it all as time goes on she becomes the center of a bigger picture that we get but a glimpse of in this season. If you like chilling, vampire reads presented in an ongoing series with extra dark undertones, this is it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy (eclecticfirefly)

    I have to say it. Rhiannon is one of my favorite authors! The vampires in this book are NOT sparkly. They can be humorous, petty, vicious, and loving. Not an easy task for an author, but Rhiannon pulls it off without seeming to work at it. Kudos! The prose is lyrical. The violence is not understated. The love and affection shown between the family members is real, not sappy. It's hard to go into specifics without giving away some key points of this story. So, I'll end with this. READ THIS BOOK!!! Yo I have to say it. Rhiannon is one of my favorite authors! The vampires in this book are NOT sparkly. They can be humorous, petty, vicious, and loving. Not an easy task for an author, but Rhiannon pulls it off without seeming to work at it. Kudos! The prose is lyrical. The violence is not understated. The love and affection shown between the family members is real, not sappy. It's hard to go into specifics without giving away some key points of this story. So, I'll end with this. READ THIS BOOK!!! You won't be disappointed! You will be enthralled. Seriously.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JoJo

    3.5 to 4 stars It took me some time to get into this one. But once I did I was hooked. I think at first I thought the characters needed more depth to them but as the story progresses you really get to know the characters and they become very well developed. I really like how the story unraveled. I am intrigued to find out what happens next. If you love a good vampire forbidden love sort of story you will enjoy this one!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    I struggled a little with this one. I liked it a lot, but there was some repetition of things and some of the dialogue was a little forced. Also, it jumps in time and we are left clamoring for the next set of episodes because what the heck is going on?! Some blood and violence and a love scene. Looking forward to finishing the story!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Newsome

    You must read this... Really! I don't know why I waited so long. it has everything a good vampire story should have. I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say READ IT! Venora and Armando as well as everyone else are such great characters. You must read this... Really! I don't know why I waited so long. it has everything a good vampire story should have. I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say READ IT! Venora and Armando as well as everyone else are such great characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vee

    Awesome I hesitated at first but then I was totally mesmerized by this spin on vampire tales! All the characters touched me and all I can say is I'll be buying the next in series Awesome I hesitated at first but then I was totally mesmerized by this spin on vampire tales! All the characters touched me and all I can say is I'll be buying the next in series

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sofia The Great

    This was a slow read for me. There wasn't much to hook me and I feel it was missing some action. Overall, I did like the story. This was a slow read for me. There wasn't much to hook me and I feel it was missing some action. Overall, I did like the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    AH

    12/16/15 - Kindle free download.

  25. 4 out of 5

    John

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sally Burr

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Hauenstein

  29. 5 out of 5

    Goodrev

  30. 4 out of 5

    Мъри Николова

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