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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Darkness on the Horizon by Christopher Renna is a paranormal thriller that surrounds its main character, Morgan Fischer. Living alone with a drunk, abusive father after his mother's death, attending high school where he is the subject of relentless bullying, and fending off starvation with theft (or generic foods), Morgan is more than ready to leave Colby behind. His thought when he enters his senior year? “Only ten months left in Colby.” There are two people who make his life bearable; Ava and Jonathan, a brother and sister around his parent's age who, coincidentally, have purchased a home the Fischer family once owned and have given him the feeling of family he longs for. As mutual trust and understanding grow between the three, Ava and Jonathan share the truth of their existence with him. Their existence as Immortals. Their existence as vampires. When a string of murders comes to light and the shadow of evil is cast over himself and the two people he cares for, Morgan is forced into a situation and a new way of living that he never knew possible.
Darkness on the Horizon is a dark and gritty debut that Christopher Renna delivers with all the panache of a seasoned author. It's violent, graphic, and most definitely not the swoon-inducing tween-type drama that litters a now saturated field of vampire fiction. There is a realism to the dialogue that I enjoyed right off the bat, with Morgan having thoughts and conversations that are as natural as his new neighbors are unnatural. The plot quickens at a rapid pace but I hate stories that are stuffed with unnecessary fillers, so for me it was perfect. There is a great deal of action and—I mentioned it's violent, right? Oh yes. It's violent. My cup of blood runneth over...and it's brilliant. This is the vampire story that I've wanted to read for a long time. I'm looking forward to seeing what Renna sinks his teeth into and gives us next.