“Dante Rising: The Birth of a Venator” is a prequel (#0) to the Dark Brethren series by Tracey O’Hara.
This urban fantasy short story was published in Kindle format on February 13, 2015.
Antoinette Petrescu is a six year old child when she witnesses her mother’s brutal murder.
This short story is the prequel to Night’s Cold Kiss. Find out what drives Antoinette to become the elite Venator that she does
Jen’s Review of “DANTE RISING”
I read “Dante Rising” because I really enjoyed Tracey O’Hara’s first book in this series, Night’s Cold Kiss. I wanted to read every part of the series. At the time I added it to my to-read, it wasn’t available. Ms. O’Hara released it in 2015 and later sent me a review copy. (Thank you!) Although I received a free copy, my opinions are my own.
Set in rural France, when Antoinette was a child, the short story shows us the traumatic experience she had when her mother was murdered by a vampire. The story is only twelve pages long, but it gives us a good understanding of why Antoinette hates vampires so much. In my opinion, the story can be read as a standalone, but you might not appreciate it as much if you haven’t read Night’s Cold Kiss.
Because this is such a short piece, I’m not going to write a long review this time. I think the characterization, pacing, plot, and writing are all very good. I didn’t make any negative notes while I was reading the story.
Do I Recommend?
I do recommend “Dante Rising: The Birth of a Venator” if you are a fan of either urban fantasy stories with vampires or are already a fan of the Dark Brethren series. I’m glad I read this short story because I feel like I understand Antoinette’s motivation more now. I plan to read more books in the Dark Brethren series.