Monday, January 14, 2013

The Darkening Dream - Tour (Review & Giveaway)


The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

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.



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.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just when you think you have read all about vampires, a book like The Darkening Dream comes and shakes your world. What a fantastic piece of writing and originality, full of suspense, excitement and most important, an incredible set of characters.

Sarah, a young girl from Salem, has to deal with a whole new world where vampires, sorceress, demons, angels, good and evil are very real and dangerous. A new boy in town will drag her and her friends on a quest to destroy a millenarian vampire. If you thought you knew all about Salem, you were wrong!

The Darkening Dream is a thrilling book that will keep you at the edge with its excellent writing style and the awesome characters. Sarah and Alex are great leaders and is easy to love everything about them, their humanity, bravery, compromise and love. Their interaction is was keeps the story moving, how they help each other to find out what’s going on, how each one brings a new fact to the problem, is amazing to read about them.

This is a story with really dark moments, with chapters that will give chills by how the adrenalin, the rush, the feelings, cross the pages and comes to life. A new look for a theme that may seem so common and wasted, this book is like a wave of fresh air. Every page brings a new surprise and you won’t will able to predict nothing!

The story moves really fast but in a natural way, with the perfect background of Salem in the early years of the twenty century. A time that is portrayed perfectly as well as the costumes, the religions, the manner people were supposed to act.

The end… what a way to end a perfect book! It’s good to read once in a while an ending that is totally unexpected, a conclusion that will leave you speechless and freezed.
1 Gift Card (U$S 50), 1 signed poster, 1 signed game and 4 bookmarks.





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