Read Along: In Darkness We Must Abide, Episode One

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Death Comes Home
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: In Darkness We Must Abide (Serial)

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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 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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“First Impressions”

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.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Lori

    I love your answers!!! Thanks so much for being a part of the read along! I can’t wait for episode two!!

  • I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! I agree with the scene in Vanora’s room being the most spine chilling moment. I’m going to start episode 2 soon.

    • I will definitely have to head over and check out your thoughts on IDWMA too! I’m going to start episode 2 soon also.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!