Monday, 15 February 2021

The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

 


Something is waiting for its time to rise.


Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the sleepy English village of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic childhood. But one night a hidden, ancient darkness shatters their dream and changes their lives forever.

Years later, Gabriel searches for answers about his mysterious past. His life unravels as he discovers that the people he loves and trusts harbour sinister secrets of their own. As the line blurs between shadow and light; and he becomes the prize in a deadly nocturnal game, Gabriel must confront the unrelenting, malevolent force that destroyed his family all those years ago.
His choice: place his trust in a master vampire, or give himself to the malignant darkness.
Is there a lesser of two evils—and how do you choose?

I really loved this book! I'd recently read a short story by Beverley Lee from the Diabolica Britannica anthology released last year and was eager to read more of her work.

The story delves straight into horror, you can feel the foreboding building up in what first appears to be a very domestic and idyllic situation. The story then fast forwards 15 years to focus on Gabriel Davenport who is living at "The Manor" under the care of a wealthy gentleman who has devoted his life to the study of the occult. 

He has many questions about his past, but can find no one willing to answer them, until trouble starts once more..

This story moves at a such a fast pace and is a perfect blend of fantasy and horror. I really raced through this novel and can't wait to get started with book 2. Clove, when he appears has such a big impact. I really felt like I could picture him in my head. 

What makes this story stand out is the characterisation. Every character is unique and compelling each dealing with their own demons. Each character is forced to make difficult decisions if they are to survive the darkest night of their lives. 



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