Oct 9, 2013

Mini Review--Raising the Darkness by Chris Marie Green

Raising the Darkness, A Dawn Madison Novella, reboots the Vampire Babylon series with an entirely new occult adventure featuring paranormal mayhem and action beyond the realm of bloodsuckers! This is the first stand-alone novella, reissued from the retired 2012 anthology Undead for a Day.

Former vamp hunter Dawn Madison and her team of monster hunters and psychics haven’t been the same since they retired from the life. She’s tired and drained from injuries sustained during the team’s last stand against the dragon, but when the clock strikes twelve on Samhain, everything changes. It seems that someone has sent raised-from-the-dark revenants after her, and they’re out for blood—as well as Dawn’s life...

So it's been years since I read the last Vampire Babylon novels. Real long time, getting back into Chris Marie Green's world took a bit of doing, but I recalled enough to get the gist of things. Raising the Darkness is a novella that takes place after everything went down in London.

Dawn and her friends are happily retired...or Dawn is somewhat happy. Or not really. She still carries the dragon within her, she's still marked by having defeated the Master vampire the first go around, but she's doing as well as one can be after all the shitick.

But then a group who worship the dragon decide that they want to bring him back. Out of Dawn and what better night to do that than Samhain? Using revenants to track Dawn down zombie style, it becomes quite the problem for Dawn who just wants to live her life as normally as possible. But she has to drag her friends out of their happy retirement and bring them back into the hell they thought they left behind.

Raising the Darkness was quite the fast paced read! It all happens in a matter of hours all on the night of Samhain. It was fun and enjoyable story that I was happy to read. I enjoyed the Vampire Babylon world, despite not having clear memories of it! Dawn is quite the heroine and a lot of freaky stuff happens and happy endings aren't always guaranteed!

I highly recommend reading the Vampire Babylon series! One of the earlier Urban Fantasy reads that made my list. But they are best read in order, so that means reading the first "Hollywood" Vampire Babylon books 1-3, then the "London" Vampire Babylon books 4-6. And then reading this novella in particular or you'll be in for lots of spoilers!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars


  1. Sounds like an interesting one for sure. I like her face tattoo as well. Not too many chicks in the book world has them.... and I don't know why I'm facinated with it, lol. Any who, thanks for the review. If I ever get an actual ereader I'll be sure to get it. :)

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