- Series: Dark Nation
- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Old Gold Soul (October 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976598663
- ISBN-13: 978-0976598664
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,803,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Birth of a Dark Nation (Volume 1) Paperback – October 15, 2013
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I'm not going to waste time describing the plot of the book itself because the synopsis is sufficient enough. But I will say that this novel is wonderfully written, and as a result, easy to read. There were times I simply didn't want to put the book down. I have grown attached to the three main characters, Justin, Dante, and Victor, and I don't usually grow attached to characters so easily. I adored the tenderness and playful bantering between Justin and Dante, as well as the temperamental Victor. After finishing the book, I feel kind of sad...like I had to say goodbye to new friends. There are concepts and scenes in the novel that will blow your mind, as they did mine. Be prepared to go on journeys through space and time while reading some parts of this book; you will literally BE in different places, from Africa to the new world (and horrifyingly, the voyage between the two), in different times throughout history. And in the present world, there is more than one group of "vampires", each with their own system, customs, laws, and rituals which makes this world feel that much more realistic. The Razadi will be a people you're not quite ready to let go of upon finishing the book. There is just something wonderfully juicy, mysterious, and alluring about this world.
This is a strong novel...that has been set-up for sequels, and I honestly cannot wait. This book introduced me to Rashid Darden, and I am only saddened that I had not discovered him sooner. If you're even thinking of buying this book, just do it. If you want quality, original, and imaginative speculative fiction with central Black characters, then this is a wonderful choice!
The protagonist a plumpish, 20-something, POC, computer technician working in a job he hates, who is so unlike the waifish, whiteish teens of many other stories. The world these vampires inhabit is our own, the history of the world is our own, and the detail that the author has included in fleshing out his characters is fabulous. Yes, Rashid Darden even made daylight vampires seem believeable in a way that does not include any sparkling whatsoever.
There's no icky love triangles, vampire cliches are kept to a minimum, and the length and breadth of history spanned in just this one novel is outstanding. Darden could continue to write stories set in this fictional world for the next hundred years (is he actually Razadi? Hmmm....)
It's clearly the start of a much larger body of work - but what a start.
Apart from some small problematic elements (Iota Theta Beta I'm looking at you), this was a great read and I'm looking forward to the rest of the books when they arrive.
Aside from the writing style, the story itself is just amazing, for lack of a better word. This is not just a vampire novel. I am simply amazed at how the author tells a story that feels so layered, deep, and timeless in just one book. The Razadi have a rich and complex history, and Justin's journey from being a lost soul to finding love and triumphing over near death is anything but cliché. The political and social themes and undercurrents are relevant and fodder for great discussions. There was nothing to dislike about this book! The ending piques your curiosity and leaves you anxiously awaiting the sequel. I am positive that this series will be just as amazing as the Lazarus trilogy was.