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Chloe Hammond is one of UK’s newest vampire authors. Her first novel is Darkly Dreaming- the volume 1 of the Darkly Trilogy. It is not typical of it’s genre, and it’s receiving lot’s of positive feedback as a literary vampire adventure. Chloe paraphrases Toni Morrisette, and says ‘ There was a book I wanted to read, a book for those of us who grew up on a diet of Anne Rice and Poppy Z Brite. I couldn’t find it, so I wrote it. A vampire novel for grown ups.’ One reader has reviewed it as ‘a surprisingly human vampire novel.’ Another as ‘Very Wow’.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chloe Hammond is Aquarius, very Aquarius. Born in Liverpool in 1975, she grew up in West Wales, but now lives in Barry in South Wales, with her husband and rescue cats and dogs. She always wanted to write, but life got in the way. Last year she was diagnosed with extreme anxiety and depression, which caused nightmares and sleepless nights. In her typically contrary way she used this to her advantage and the nightmares became this novel, and the sleeplessness nights were when she found time to write it.
She has a lovely sea view from her desk, which she gazes at to still her mind so her characters can burst forth and have their say. This is her first novel, but Rae and Layla are demanding book two and three in the trilogy are written as soon as possible, they have adventures to live.
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Until she hit forty, Rae always escaped her troubles by dreaming. Now she’s left her husband and run away to France to recover, with her best friend, Layla. They expect the sun-filled days of their youth, instead they stumble into a nightmare.
Infected by rebellious vampires, Rae struggles with repugnance towards what she’s become, but desires enigmatic Pride leader, Guillaume. Against her will, she is drawn into the Pride’s power struggles.
Will she succumb to the exhilaration of the hunt?
In this dreamless existence, will the intoxication of the liquid dreams found in fresh blood prove irresistible?
Can she gain Guillaume's confidence and love?
Or will the whole Pride be destroyed by the vampire High Council?
I started reading Darkly Dreaming one evening with the full intention of reading the first chapter and then continuing in the morning... Several hours later I finally was able to put it down, having devoured the whole novel in its entirety, in one sitting. And the feeling I just couldn't shake that I was desperate to read more about the brave, yet misunderstood heroine Rae. Darkly Dreaming is a deceptively devious debut from Chloe Hammond. The story lures in the unsuspecting reader with familiar fare - middle class, middle aged woman reinvents herself and goes on a French jolly with her mates. But then the story takes a shocking and macabre twist that takes the reader away from the tedious comfort of similar tales, as Rae and her best friend, Layla embark on a nightmare that dives them both head-first into the fantasy horror genre with relish. It's about time vampires weren't all tormented souls and slightly annoying youths, full of their typical and over-documented teen angst (I mean, get a grip, and grow up). The vamps in Darkly Dreaming are graceful, beautifully creepy, horny, powerful, savage and at times, downright evil. But they are also startlingly human, with their own problems, pettinesses, power struggles and insecurities. While Hammond isn't afraid to explore darker aspects of this horror story, - and at times the adult themes are graphic - she balances this with a good level of humour and one liners that you just wish you'd come up with yourself. If you read the Twilight saga and wanted to give Bella Swan a damn good slap, this book is for you. If Sookie Stackhouse was ever so slightly too in love with herself for your liking, Darkling Dreaming will not disappoint. Aimed at an older audience, the 90s nostalgia is spot on, as are Hammond's observations of a woman drowning in her own seemingly perfect life, yet relying on her day dreams to maintain her facade of sanity. To be robbed of her ability to dream following her transformation into a vampire, is a horrific realisation for Rae - almost as repugnant to her as her newly formed lust for human blood. I'm hoping that this is not the last we'll hear from our heroine nor this novelist; but something tells me we'll be hearing the names Rae Reeves and Chloe Hammond for some time to come. Read this book, you will love it.
This is an exciting new twist on the usual vampire novel. The closest I can describe it to is True Blood meets Underworld, dark and seductive but still with a good dose of 'humanity'. It asks the reader, what happens when your desire for escapism is forced into a dark world from which there is no escape? Is eternal life worth giving up the ability to dream? The well rounded characters pull the story quickly along, on a path that explores the intricacies and loyalties of friendships and lovers. The lead character Rea is a plausible clash of dreamy directionless and level headed action. Her best friend Layla, is a lovable mix of bubbliness and fierce loyalty. Together they embark on the adventure of several life times, in this eloquent and distinctive fantasy.