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Beyond Dusk: Anne (House of Crimson and Clover)
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"Her (Cradit's) talent for creating atmosphere rivals Daphne du Maurier. This is modern Gothic with fierce smarts. Can't say it enough. I loved this book."- Christopher Rice, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Heavens Rise
"It takes a great writer like Cradit to weave the threads of so many characters into an enjoyable story. I have no doubt that the name Cradit will one day be associated with the echelon of gothic fiction writers, namely Radcliffe, Blackwood, and Rice."- Becket, Bestselling Author and Assistant to Anne Rice
About the Author
Sarah M. Cradit is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover. You can learn more about Sarah, and her series, at sarahmcradit.com
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After St. Charles at Dusk, I really didn't like her much. This story gave me a reason to rethink my instant dislike of her character. And of course I love Nicolas even more. I can't say too much more without giving anything away. That's the trouble with shorts. The other trouble is usually being left with too many questions. They were all answered, and you get a whole taste of her story without being left hanging.
I still want more but only because Anne has become a real person with a story I want to know. ;)
I would like to first state that I have not read any of the authors other books but was curious about her work because I had heard a lot of positive buzz. This is not something that I would normally pick up without a strong recommendation from someone who knows me but I am so very glad I came across this. The novella is an easy read that switches between points of views in different section much like you would find in A Song of Ice and Fire. The two principle characters are Nicolas and Anne and both feel very unique and different from each other. Nicolas feels like the rich playboy who likes to have fun at other people's expense and Anne feels like the country maid she is. The dialogue is fast paced and fits with each character. There is great depth in the story being told and you do not in any way need to read the previous books. This is one of my favorite types of storytelling, revealing whole volumes of information in just a few words and the author really did a remarkable job. She also introduced me to one of my new favorite words, arborkinetic! I have a feeling Anne will one day show people what Arbor Day is really all about. The nice thing about this story is that it starts well, goes through the paces and left me with a satisfying conclusion and left me wanting more.
If you like a more subdued urban fantasy story, with incredible writing and great characters you really can't go wrong with this.
This novella is on the Green Embers' Recommended List.
//And as an update I liked this so much I went back and purchased me a copy from Amazon! :D
In this novelette, Cradit did what Anne Rice did with Lestat. The vampire was not the hero of Interview With the Vampire; but he has been the hero of subsequent books. Cradit has done the same. Her character Anne is brought to life beautifully, and depicted as being a powerful and meaningful character.
One of the most charming elements of this story is a trick Stephen King did in Firestarter. In the same way King's inventiveness coined the word "pyrokinesis" (literally translated as *fire motion / fire mover*), Cradit brilliantly coined her own word for Anne's amazing ability: "Arborkinetic" (tree / grass mover). Cradit's wonderful character Anne has a remarkable influence over flora and fauna. It's absolutely brilliant!
A wonderful facet about Cradit's writing is its fluidity and organization. Her prose never allows the suspension of disbelief to be broken. And her narrative voice shows the readers how much Cradit loves her characters.
BEYOND DUSK makes me wonder what's next in store for Anne in future books for the House of Crimson and Clover series.
Highly recommended reading!
It's a good stand alone book. It's not a cliffhanger, but leaves you wanting so much more of these great characters. Sarah M. Cradit is an amazing writer. She can weave a story of paranormal fantasy that will have you believing every word of it.
Flourish is a book you won't want to miss, I would recommend it to anyone. I read one book in the House of Crimson and Clover series and I couldn't get enough. I want more and you will too!