The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden. Book review

The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden. Simon & Schuster ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim Mcleod

The Gathering Dark is the fourth part of Christopher Golden’s Vampire Saga. Set ten years after the events of, Of Masques and Martyrs, we find Peter Octavian, having relinquished his vampirism, facing the biggest challenge to date. With the Book of Shadows destroyed, the boundaries between our world and that of the shadows are weakened allowing demons to walk freely on our plane of existence. It’s up to the once former Shadow, who alone possesses the knowledge to fight the demons, along with an earth witch, a vampire and a priest, to fight the oncoming apocalypse. 

The Vampire Saga as a whole is one of the best urban fantasy series out there.  Golden has created a world that while familiar to fans of the genre is still fresh and highly entertaining. He gives a new spin on vampires, and their origins. This is a well written, fast paced and enjoyable read. Fans of Buffy might find some parallels to that series here ‘ not surprising considering Golden cut his teeth writing the tie ins.  While this is a good book that stands alone, I would highly recommend going back and reading the other three in the series, mainly because you will be missing out on a great saga.

The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden. Simon & Schuster ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim Mcleod

The Gathering Dark is the fourth part of Christopher Golden’s Vampire Saga. Set ten years after the events of, Of Masques and Martyrs, we find Peter Octavian, having relinquished his vampirism, facing the biggest challenge to date. With the Book of Shadows destroyed, the boundaries between our world and that of the shadows are weakened allowing demons to walk freely on our plane of existence. It’s up to the once former Shadow, who alone possesses the knowledge to fight the demons, along with an earth witch, a vampire and a priest, to fight the oncoming apocalypse. 

The Vampire Saga as a whole is one of the best urban fantasy series out there.  Golden has created a world that while familiar to fans of the genre is still fresh and highly entertaining. He gives a new spin on vampires, and their origins. This is a well written, fast paced and enjoyable read. Fans of Buffy might find some parallels to that series here ‘ not surprising considering Golden cut his teeth writing the tie ins.  While this is a good book that stands alone, I would highly recommend going back and reading the other three in the series, mainly because you will be missing out on a great saga.