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The Darkening Dream Paperback – January 14, 2012
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Having received an email from Andy to review his novel, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires aren`t generally on my reading list, but how many spoiled apples did I have to go through before I finally gave up? With each word he typed though, I became more and more curious. He revealed the fact that he was co-creator of Naughty Dog, and when I finally saw the cover for the novel I just couldn't turn it down at all. How could this man, this creator of games such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, create a novel about vampires to hold my attention. Not to mention he added Egyptian gods to the mix. A weird mix but yet I set off on the journey.
The Darkening Dream treats us to a dark story about a girl named Sarah who stumbles into some trouble because of these visions she's having. With the help of Alex, a Greek Immigrant and her twin friends, Anne and Sam, she sets off on this terrifying adventure against an elderly vampire, a demon-loving Puritan warlock, Egyptian gods, all in the name of saving the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. While the plot-line might seem a bit of random and something on the path of comedy, it is the complete opposite.Read more ›
There are two things that may bother some readers (three if you dislike horror). One is that religions play a huge impact in both the story and in the characters' daily lives. This is the first book I've read in a few years that has a Jewish main character, so I did appreciate the fine details in how being Jewish separates Sarah from the other characters. The second thing is that the characters in this book do come off as sexist at times. But considering this book is written before Women's Suffrage, where females have less rights and freedoms than males, this is completely normal for the time period.
I do not read too much historical fiction. In fact, the only time I do it is when it is tied tightly to the horror genre. I can tell that the author put a lot of energy into making this book historically and religiously accurate. At times, this does make the scenes "wordy". Plus both Alex and Sarah are well versed in Greek history, among other things, so there are quite a few facts mentioned throughout the story. As all of the information is relevant and the horror happens often, it never does feel like a "info dump", which I appreciate.Read more ›
Having said that, Andy Gavin does an admirable job of mixing magic and mythology, presenting us with a world that is fascinating to explore. Rather than placing religion and the supernatural at odds with one another, he brings them together, adding an interesting new edge to not just his vampire, but the overall tale. Some readers may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of mythology included here, with various cultures and themes represented, but it added to the overall story.
The characters themselves were a bit too religious for my tastes on the one hand, and a bit too progressive in their attitudes on the other hand, but their core beliefs were entirely in keeping with the time period, so I can't fault Gavin for that.
For a while, I wondered whether I had inadvertently stepped into a YA piece of dark fantasy, but then the horror - and the dark sexuality - reared its gratuitous head. I was actually a bit shocked at what the author put his characters through, and if I'd been able to make a connection, then I think he may have creeped me out. Sarah is the one character in whom I took any sort of significant interest, and that was largely after the fact, with her twist decision at the end of the tale a high-point for me.
One minor complaint in terms of the narrative is that some scenes were just too short, making me wonder why Gavin bothered with the POV change at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of better written vampire novels I've had the pleasure of reading and I'm blown away it didn't have more 5 star reviews. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Insatiable Bookworm
I thought this book was very interesting. Andy Gavin added elements to the "typical" vampire story that I've never come across. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tabitha S Morgan
I liked the book. In a way, it was like an action comics - Action, Action, Action. Being an Israeli Jew, I especially liked the Jewish twist, Beit-Hamikdash and so on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Nahir
"Don't underestimate the allure of darkness, even the purest hearts are drawn to it."
----Klaus, The Vampire Diaries TV series
Andy Gavin, an American... Read more
An engaging story, good for a quick enjoyable read, but very frustrating ending leaves you hanging. The title. Read morePublished 5 months ago by r.e.
ugh, I really can't believe anyone thought that this was good writing. It was formulaic, the dialogue was stilted, and the overall storytelling was just awkward. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Valerie
This is a very interesting take on horror lore with vampires and Egyptian deities plotting to take over the world. The book is quite different to many vampire horror books. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Victor
I gave this book 5 stars because Andy Gavin's writing is perfection! He knows how to lay out the story to pull the reader along, interested and full of wonder. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kay Z.