Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin (link to author giveaway too)

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin

**I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon Product Description:
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.

My thoughts:
Sinister, ancient evil.  Faith, love, desire and sheer force of will.  These are just some of the things you will find when you open Andy Gavin's Darkening Dream.  Keep turning the pages and you will find this dark, mysterious, twisted tale is filled with fantastic characters.  These characters are a grab bag: God, gods, demons, vampires, humans, ghosts, angels.  Each of them created with personality that pulls you further into the fast paced rollercoaster ride that twists and turns faster and faster as you get closer to the end.

This book delivers a cleverly woven mix of religions, religious beliefs, magic, vampire folklore, and history.  There is a depth to this story that I wasn't expecting when I first started reading it. 

The story is gripping and terrifying. The language is vivid and descriptive, bringing to life a gruesome picture of a world in peril.  If you are a fan of the Stoker style vampire - this one is for you.
Thanks for stopping by The Wormhole.
Happy Reading.
(P.S. Andy is having a giveaway - click HERE!)

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