Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.
1913, Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Engelmann's life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
With the help of Alex, a Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex's elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah's own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah's continuing visions reveal?
No less than Gabriel's Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.
Now this is a vampire novel! The vampires are doing the horrible evil things that you would expect vampires to do. They maim, kill, and torture their victims and generally commit acts of pure evil.
The book flows perfectly between character point of views, it's a great blend of historical fiction, mythology and paranormal. The twists and turns within this epic story kept me reading well past my bedtime and I now need lots of coffee! This is a fantastic mixture of vampires, religion (magic), and evil of course all combined together for a wild ride. Mr. Gavin provides a wonderful menu of vampires, demons, archangels, Egyptian gods, and warlocks.
If you love dark tales full of horror, lore and mystery all then The Darkening Dream is the book for you. This book will satisfy any fan of the vampire genre and then some! I hope that there is a sequel in the works and that the wait is not too long.
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels including The Darkening Dream, a dark historical fantasy that puts the bite back in vampires.
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