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The Longer the Fall: The Vampires of New England Series
     

The Longer the Fall: The Vampires of New England Series

by Inanna Arthen
 

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It's 1952, a time of upheavals and social tension as America rockets through the years between world war and domestic revolution. Diana Chilton, raised within a secretive magical organization, the Order of the Silver Light, has reached a crossroads in her life. Over 30, her marriage ended, burned out on political activism and frustrated by the restrictions of the male

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It's 1952, a time of upheavals and social tension as America rockets through the years between world war and domestic revolution. Diana Chilton, raised within a secretive magical organization, the Order of the Silver Light, has reached a crossroads in her life. Over 30, her marriage ended, burned out on political activism and frustrated by the restrictions of the male-dominated Order, she leaves Boston for a tiny town in Maine. There she tracks down Thomas Morgan, a member of the Order who she believes may be immortal. She hopes he can help her find, or create, a more dynamic and worldly organization that will use magic to catalyze social and political change.
Thomas Morgan is indeed immortal, but Diana never expected that he would also be a vampire, transformed by the faery folk two centuries earlier when he made a rash bargain to cure a disfiguring illness. Now he enlists Diana to assist him in his struggle against the power that he feels enslaves and controls him. Together, Thomas and Diana dedicate themselves to the most ambitious and dangerous magical working either of them has ever attempted. Their plan spans two years and draws several other people into its vortex.
Both Thomas and Diana have hidden motives behind their decision, and neither of them is fully aware of who else knows about their plan and is subtly influencing it. Their refusal to be fully honest with themselves and each other leads to a disaster beyond their worst nightmares. They are forced to confront the deadly consequences of their fully developed spell turning against them and those who helped them. Ultimately, they learn that the only way to get what they each wanted is to accept the very things they wished most desperately to avoid.

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Publishers Weekly
The second book from By Light Unseen publisher Arthen in her Vampires of New England series (after 2008's Mortal Touch) offers a pleasant mix of vampire tropes and a convincing rural New England setting. Diana Chilton, a recently divorced member of the Order of the Silver Light, meets the mysteriously long-lived Thomas Morgan and learns that he's a vampire, cursed by the Fae when he desperately begged them to cure his cancer. Diana agrees to work with Thomas on a long-term spell to rid him of his thirst for blood, but things go horribly (and somewhat predictably) awry. Arthen has a novella's worth of story, and the middle of the book feels padded with sex scenes and spell preparations. Once the spell is complete, though, the pacing picks up, and the story comes to a satisfying conclusion. (June)
Library Journal
The year is 1952, and Diana Hilton, a recent divorcée and longtime member of a secret magical group, the Order of the Silver Light, leaves Boston for a small town in Maine, where she hopes to find answers for her frustration with her Order's restriction on the advancement of women. In the presence of Thomas Morgan, called the Hermit of Pepperell Hills by the townspeople, she discovers something unexpected. Morgan, though still a member of the Order, not only is a vampire but also is cursed by the faery folk and wants Diana's assistance in a magical "working" that might prove to have disastrous consequences. VERDICT Second in a series of connected stories about modern vampires and their covert society, this dark fantasy by the author of Mortal Touch features memorable characters and a plot sure to attract fans of vampire fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979302893
Publisher:
By Light Unseen Media
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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