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Birth of a Dark Nation (Volume 1) Paperback – October 15, 2013
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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.
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!
This book takes it a step farther. Gay, Black vampires that were brought to the Americas during the Middle Passage! *mind blown* And honestly, it sounds cheesy. It really does. But the story works so well. Justin, Dante, Victor - are all amazing characters. And the book is written in a way that you really can't put it down.
I am sad that I have to wait so long for volume 2 but I really appreciate and thank Rashid for volume 1. It was one of the best books I have read in a while.