Review – Into the Temple of Shadows (In Darkness We Must Abide, #11) by Rhiannon Frater

Beautiful lonely girl  in long dress

Is anyone out there obsessed with a television show?  Each week, you wait for the next episode on pins and needles.  There may have been a cliffhanger last week or maybe we were left with tears or smiles and want to see what is next.

Reading a serialized novel is a similar experience.  We wait for the next episode to find out what is happening to our favorite characters.  This format won’t work for everyone but I happen to love it.  The anticipation of the unknown.  And, knowing that more is to come if I am just patient.

Episode 11 of In Darkness We Must Abide continues Vanora’s story.  She is fighting what appears to be her destiny.  There were some revelations about her power and the path she may need to take to change her fate.  In this episode she is forced into an uncomfortable and unexpected alliance.  Those of you that are familiar with the series will enjoy her interactions with her new ‘friend’.

In past episodes, Vanora’s relationship with Armando has been an integral part of the plot.  They are now separated and Vanora is standing on her own without him right there to be her protector.  This makes her a more realistic and, honestly, likable character.  She’s always been strong but now she can really flex her muscles.  For the first time, I can see a future for Vanora without him.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I want this to happen but now I know she can make it on her own.  I like that.

5/5 stars.  Thank you to the author for providing a copy as part of the read-a-long.

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