When we left off with book two, Katie had been shunned by her family and she, the man who she saved; whom she had fell in love with and Ginger; the older Outsider woman whom she had brokered puppies with and who had been stuck on the compound when the “pandemic” or infection took hold were on their way Outside. It was the perfect cliffhanger. Not too much, not too little. The compound had been safe because it was “hallowed ground” but someone allowed “them” on. (Just who they are, or what they are? Well keep reading!) It was just the three of them, their articles of faith and a white horse (who I love especially for the symbolism) were headed out on a new adventure. Not quite the Rumspringa Katie dreamt of.
When I picked up two it started right where it left off. No info dump or back story, just bam right there. I loved how Laura dove right back in. This is not a stand-alone, in my opinion but if you haven’t read one (which you will want too after reading this) you will get back story but in snippets and reminders.
If you think this is going to be based on your regular vampire mythos. There is so much adventure and guessing based on voice of science from Alex, who is also the voice of philosophy. This is not just a literary adventure for us as readers, this is an incredibly textured and versatile story about faith. Not religion, but faith. So many times she is tested and she prevails. It is never preachy and exposes us to the ideas of faith outside her compound. The ideas of Rapture, snake handling and speaking in tongues, new age, science… plain faith.
Naming it the Darkness is metaphorical within the story. It applies to everyone’s belief within. Even her faith of the pure primal animalistic reactions of wild animals. Taking a chance the way she does adds another warrior against the dark.
Oh, and who doesn’t like using fireworks to blow up vampires? These ones were not sparkling in the beginning but by the end of what I was laughing out-loud in the cabin calling it “The Fourth of July” treatment made my day.
Do you believe in Angels? Well here we go, another metaphor! Want to know what I am talking about? Want to find out how they become true combatants against the dark? Grab a copy of Book one and two of The Hallowed Series and find out.
Only one issue – the cover. As gorgeous as it is, the wardrobe is all wrong. And her hair too. I am not taking off anything because this for me was a 9 out of 10 read. If you have not read any of Laura Bickles books I highly suggest and recommend them. Even if you are not a vampire book reader, you will love this book. I recommend this to anyone who wants an adventure into darkness that has you flying up into the wooowooo-ness of awesome sauce! (hey.. it was a good book, it needed some verbal Jazz Hands)