Review: The Unwilling (The Children of Lilith #1)

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I met David over a year ago at Pioneer Books (which was in Orem at the time), where he gave a presentation on incorporating vampire mythology into his LDS fiction, and discussed his passion for medieval weaponry. There is just something so darn cool about a guy who sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir writing seriously dark vampire fiction. He’s an awesome guy and a great author.

I love this book. The twisted world of the vampire cult Carl (the main character) infiltrates to find his sister’s killer is openly dark and honestly horrifying. The story follows strong themes of agency, power, temptation, love, and redemption. It made for deep thinking about evils that plague our real world and how one goes about restoring hope, security, and goodness where it is seemingly bereft in the lives of truly tortured and potentially dangerous individuals.

Carl’s LDS background and convictions to stay true to his faith despite his unwilling damnation (when he becomes a vampire) was a dynamic I really enjoyed. Carl and Moira are both strong characters, battling darkness within and without on a journey full of twists and turns, both bitter and sweet. I was swept away on this dark, suspenseful adventure to save Salt Lake City from the nefarious Children of Lilith. This is a gem of LDS horror fiction. I found it both entertaining and deep.

Highly recommended reading, and I’ll be looking forward to the rest in the series!

You can find the ebook of The Unwilling on Smashwords, or the Kindle, paperback, and hardcover editions on Amazon.

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Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology and loves exploring the science of human origins.

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