The Darkening Dream has everything I love in a story: Action, adventure, and romance-along with some unexpected twists and turns that keep it fresh and exciting. The writing is solid and composed, without losing style and momentum. Gavin also manages to write young characters without infusing them with an over-abundance of adulthood; and yet he gives them just the right amount of mature wisdom to make the reader believe they could accomplish their goals.
I often am disheartened by what has become of the vampire genre. Don’t get me wrong, though I am not a Twilight fan, I am all for any book that gets young people to read. But it seems that each new vampire story is a carbon copy of the other. Andy Gavin, however, did for me what Anne Rice did so many years go. He made vampires interesting again.
As a history buff, I enjoyed the turn of the century setting, and Gavin captured the feel and vernacular perfectly. I also enjoyed the insight into the life of a Jewish household during that period. This is certainly something new in fantasy, and for me, was great fun.
I would certainly recommend this for readers both young and old. It really doesn’t matter if you like fantasy, horror, paranormal, or anything else. If you like good fiction, The Darkening Dream will not disappoint.