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The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel Paperback – December 10, 2011
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My first book with bite! Took me fourteen months to write when I was sixteen years old and since then has seen countless revisions and polishings. Has also seen rave reviews (not published here).
The next in the series, The Immortal's Guide is due Halloween 2012! Look out for it!
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Welcome to the Dark World, a World filled with the most terrifying of Dark Creatures.... But certain Creatures are about to find that there is more to the dark than blood and bite.... The dark holds secrets...and the greatest of all are about to be revealed.
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Ever since the first chapter, I knew something was drawing me in into this world that was created. When something specific happened in the first chapter, I had a thought trying to comprehend what was going on and Xavier ended up having the exact same thought. I knew there was something about this book. I knew something was going on in this world and I had to step into it to find out what it was. The gates to the Dark World opened up and I walked through.... hoping to come out alive.
This book reads Vampires, but it is not only vampires. There are a ton of dark creatures that are explored and gave the story a unique feeling and originality. The vampires were the main group in the story, but different creatures always came in at different point of times.
I loved everything in this book, and this was the first time I read a dark fantasy. I didn't know what to expect for it, but this book gave me everything. A surprising world, twists, characters, and just surprises.
What I loved the most was that each character and had something important to give to the character. No matter how good or evil they were, something significant was added to the story because of them. Two strong personalities colliding with each other was so interesting to read. One of the main personalities colliding here is Eleanor, a smart woman who knows a little to much. Let me tell you that was a force in the story, and a force to mess with. It's a battle, it's a war.
When everything you thought was true ended up being a possible lie, you don't know what to expect and this is really taking being advantaged of to play you around without knowing what could happen. It left with suspense at every scene.
It was a great story, and everyone should be able to enjoy this. I read something different for once, and ended up enjoying it.
Before picking up the book, I interviewed Parris and was told that Christian was intended to be a reader favorite and boy, that was true. Never before would I think I related to a vampire, but Christian was dynamic and sincere – truly an example of Parris’ storytelling and character-building skills. I found myself wishing that we had stood in his shoes for a little longer, though I think that is precisely what has me anxious to read the next installment, aside from finding out just why Alexandria Stone is so vital.
I’ll admit I was skeptical at first when Dracula was introduced. How could Parris inject such an iconic character into her own story and not have it overshadowed? But around the middle of the novel I found that he was one of my favorites and had slipped in so seamlessly with the vampires around him.
My biggest critique (which is not even that big) is possibly the language use in some places and its use of setting the groundwork for the story. Parris has used elegant and flowery language to tell the story of the Delacroix brothers, and in a few places it hiccups. To name a few examples: the adjective “bloody” is used by a character in many instances to describe something – leading to the phrase “bloody blood”; or minor phrases that made me question the setting, such as when Christian is questioned by a person referred to as an “officer” for a page and then is changed to “constable”. Am I being too picky? Perhaps, but I do not believe this should deter any future readers.
The highlight of this installment for me was perhaps Eleanor Black. Parris has created a villain beautifully terrifying that has even the great Xavier Delacroix shaking in his boots. Was it wrong to be rooting for her?
All things considered: I recommend this book for fans of fantasy, vampires of the non-sparkling variety, and all things dark and creepy.
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