Novella Review of The Dead, The Damned…

The Dead, The Damned, and The Forgottenby jocelynn drake
Series:Dark Days .6
on September 2009
Genres:Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback

“The Dead, The Damned, and The Forgotten” is a prequel novella to the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake. It appeared in the Unboundanthology, published in 2009. I chose to read this because I wanted to start this series. I figured it would be best to start at the beginning. Unfortunately, for someone like myself who hasn’t read the series, it is a little confusing. If you don’t know what a nightwalker is or a fledgling is, you might be lost at first like I was. The author also uses the term vampire, so it’s unclear if a vampire is something different from a nightwalker. Later, it seems like both terms mean the same thing.

I enjoyed the plot of the story with the murder investigation. I thought it wrapped up neatly at the end, while still setting up the next story, presumably book one in this series.

For what needed to be told, I thought “The Dead, The Damned, and The Forgotten” was the perfect length. Unlike a lot of novellas, it didn’t need to be any longer. The plot was resolved sufficiently.

I plan to read more stories in the Unbound anthology, when I get to the part of the series for the author. The other stories in it are by Kim Harrison, Vicki Pettersson, and Jeaniene Frost. You can read my review of Jeaniene Frost’s “Reckoning” here. The Kim Harrison story is #7.5 in the Hollows series, so I haven’t made it that far in re-reading to review it. The Vicki Pettersson story is #4.5 in the Signs of the Zodiac series. I am nowhere near being able to review that one either. I have only read the first two, and I haven’t even reviewed them on the blog, and I’ll need to re-read them. Eventually, I’ll get this entire anthology reviewed, but it doesn’t look like it will be soon.

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