Now I have mini-reviews for the first two episodes in Rhiannon Frater's In Darkness We Must Abide serial...
Episode One: Death Comes Home
|So much fun! I loved the creepy gothic feel that managed to be both modern and deliciously old-fashioned, with references to the novel Dracula, classic horror films, and more. Even though the episode is short, it gives us insight into two dangerous situations occurring on different timelines, and I'm so eager to see what happens! I feel like the lush, dark, gothic storytelling lends itself particularly well to the serial format. This is my first introduction to Rhiannon Frater's writing after hearing so many great things about her, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I'll be seeking out more of her work!|
Episode Two: Death in the Shadows
Death in the Shadows continues the deliciously dark, modern gothic tale begun in Death Comes Home. In this episode, the danger multiplies and the stakes rise... I really grew to like Alisha more in this episode, and I love that Rhiannon Frater has created such strong female characters in Alisha and Vanora. I also love the way the author weaves in aspects of traditional vampire lore and stories--this tale feels very grounded in the gothic tradition of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, while also having a modern edge to it. One new development that really intrigued me in this episode was the idea that vampires feel emotions more intensely than humans. I'm curious to see how Frater develops that throughout the series.
I'm not sure if the serial form has traditionally been used for horror fiction, but it works really well for this story. Can't wait to read more!