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In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season

(In Darkness We Must Abide Episodic Serial #1-5)

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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 bein
Published May 24th 2013 (first published May 18th 2013)
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Eric Asher
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read and wrote a short review for each episode of this fantastic serial. I have compiled them below.

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.

I made the terrible mistake of starting to r
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves vampires -- this is true gothic horror at its finest!
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
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
Rachel Tsoumbakos
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gothic, horror, paranormal
Originally posted on my blog:

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
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
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.
It's Me - Yvette
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Seyma Shabbir
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for Frater fans the world over! Gory, sensual, tear inducing, horror bliss! <3 ...more
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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.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tcf-2018
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
Alexia Purdy
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Cindy (eclecticfirefly)
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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!
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.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Sofia The Great
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, vamps
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.
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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of 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).

She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).

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Other books in the series

In Darkness We Must Abide Episodic Serial (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1)
  • Death in the Shadows (In Darkness We Must Abide, #2)
  • The Arrival of Armando DeLeon (In Darkness We Must Abide, #3)
  • The Gift (In Darkness We Must Abide, #4)
  • The Vampires (In Darkness We Must Abide, #5)
  • Dire Warnings (In Darkness We Must Abide, #6)
  • Destruction (In Darkness We Must Abide, #7)
  • The Fallen King (In Darkness We Must Abide, #8)
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