In Darkness We Must Abide Season 2 by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: December 16th 2013
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal
In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.
Vanora is haunted by the night her faith in those she loved was shattered. After fleeing Houston, she takes refuge in Austin and creates a normal life with her roommate Rhonda. Despite her newfound happiness, Vanora is tormented by dreams and visions of an enigmatic and dangerous albino vampire.
When her world starts to fall apart and Armando comes back into her life to warn her that her brother is in danger, Vanora realizes that she can’t escape her destiny. Evil threatens her family, and she must venture into the darkness to save everyone she cares about.
As she seeks to uncover the truth about the terrifying albino vampire and her purpose in his schemes, Vanora starts to realize that the man she loves most may be her greatest enemy. Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.
This book includes all five episodes of the second season of the serial.
In Darkness We Must Abide
A Modern Horror with a Gothic Romance
By Rhiannon Frater
In Darkness We Must Abide is a very unique experience for me as a horror writer. Not
only is it a continuing serial with three planned seasons, but it’s also a story driven by
the relationship between my two leads, Armando and Vanora.
Growing up, I loved gothic romance. Jane Eyre continues to be my all-time favorite
novel. I used to gobble up Victoria Holt novels like candy. I loved the complications of a
gothic romance. The characters were flawed, but somehow had dynamic chemistry. The
endings were not always happy, but the couples were always fascinating to read about.
It’s that type of romance I’ve infused into my serial.
Armando and Vanora are not perfect people. Armando is a 400-year-old vampire
with many, many secrets. The Spanish vampire is often torn between his service to
his mysterious, dangerous vampire Master and the feelings he has for Vanora and her
family. Vanora is an albino, and the world is not always kind to her. Orphaned at a
young age, she’s been raised by older siblings. To make matters even more complicated,
Vanora has inherited her mother’s sixth sense and when she first meets Armando
she senses danger. Despite all their difficulties, both characters’ actions are heavily
influenced by their feelings for each other, in both good and bad ways.
When our story begins, Vanora is ten years old when her life changes forever, when
her brother brings home their ancestors from Romania to be interred at their estate in
Houston, Texas. When Roman has one of the old coffins unchanged, he unleashes an
evil that threatens not only his life, but that of his two half-sisters, Alisha and Vanora.
A few years later, a mysterious stranger, Armando, enters her life and Vanora develops a
mad crush on the charismatic Spanish vampire. All is not what it seems with Armando,
and he is a keeper of many secrets that can potentially adversely affect her life. Through
the first four episodes we witness Vanora growing up and becoming a strong young
woman. By the end of episode four, The Gift, Armando has taken note as well, which
leads to the dramatic and heartbreaking events in episode 5, The Vampires.
Because Armando doesn’t fully enter the story until episode 3, The Arrival of Armando
DeLeon, I was had to find an inventive way to let the reader know about his impending
arrival. I already knew from past beta readers that he is a huge draw to the story. That
is how the prologues were born. Each episode starts in the “present” time period, where
an adult Vanora is interacting with Armando, then flashes backwards in time. Each
prologue hints at terrible events happening in the present time period and hints that
something passionate once happened between Armando and Vanora, though they appear estranged.
At the beginning of Season 2, we get to see the aftermath of the events in the season one
finale. Vanora fled Houston to Austin and believes she’s escaped the darkness, but over
the course of Episode 6 and 7 it becomes increasingly apparent that she has a legacy that
was hidden from her and can’t escape. Magic becomes a more pronounced element in
her development, and, of course, Armando is never very far away even if she can’t see
him. At the beginning of Episode 8 the readers get to see events in the previous prologue
from Armando’s point of view, which was a lot of fun to write. Season 2 finally brings the
two timelines together in Episode 8, but in a very heartbreaking way. What happens in
Episode 8 has a massive fallout in the final two episodes of the second season.
Armando and Vanora continue to be at the core of the story as they face the ultimate evil
that’s coming to destroy their lives. As always, the dynamic between the two characters
is very intense and their relationship evolves in a way that I believe will make many of
the fans happy. Armando is a complicated guy and though people love him, they don’t
always trust him. In the second season we get to see into the core of the vampire and his
true thoughts and motivations.
Season two is also filled with elements of horror, adventure, drama, and gothic romance.
There may even be a sexy scene or two. The events in this season definitely build on the
first and set the stage for a very exciting, dramatic, and intense Season 3.
Of course, whether or not Vanora and Armando get a happy ending has yet to be seen,
but they’re both very determined characters that will fight until the very end.
About The Author :
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels.
Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).
She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
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