In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows Series #1)

In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows Series #1)

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Overview

Risika is a vampire in New York City being hunted much as she was in Concord, Massachusetts, 300 years ago, but things are a bit different this time. Written when the author was 13 years old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780799936
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Series: Den of Shadows Series , #1
Pages: 147
Sales rank: 1,067,477
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel when she was 13 years old. You can visit her online at www.ameliaatwaterrhodes.com. She lives in Massachusetts.

Read an Excerpt

A minute or an hour later, I woke for a moment in a dark place. There was no light and no sound, only pain and the thick, warm liquid that was being forced past my lips.

I swallowed again and again before my head cleared. The liquid was bittersweet, and as I drank I had an impression of power and . . . not life or death, but time. And strength and eternity . . .

Finally I realized what I had been drinking. I pushed away the wrist that someone was holding to my lips, but I was weak, and it was so tempting.

"Temptation." The voice was in my ears and my head, and I recognized it as Ather's.

Once again I pushed away the wrist, though my body screamed at me for doing so. Ather was insistent, but so was I. I somehow managed to turn my head away, despite the pain that shot through me with each beat of my heart. I could hear my own pulse in my ears, and it quickened until I could hardly breathe past it, but still I pushed away the blood. I believed for that second, in my immortal soul, and would not abandon it -- not willingly.

Suddenly Ather was gone. I was alone.

I could feel the blood in my veins, entering my body, soul, and mind. I could not get my breath; my head pounded and my heart raced. Then they both slowed.

I heard my own heart stop.

I felt my breath still.

My vision faded, and the blackness filled my mind.

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In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 275 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this and the book demon in my view while i was in jr high school..... aka middle school now. The books were outstanding.
DinFaroreNaryu78 More than 1 year ago
I picked this up in seventh grade, and after reading, I was inspired to keep up my writing. I thought if she could get published at thirteen, I could get published early too. Her characters and storyline were really beyond her age, and I couldn't get enough. This is a great start to an amazing, tour de force author and her wonderful world of vampires, witches and shape shifters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
for such a younge writer she has evolutionize all vampire books by making them come alive.
peptastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't realised the authors age (when she wrote the book) when I picked this one up. It was fine enough for a short novella but there wasn't enough of a story here. What it needed was another character to offset the predator mindset. The lead girl Rachel was well written for the type of person she was but the emotional impact would have been better with another person. I appreciated that a teenager in the 1700's wasn't unrealistically educated with the exception of her admitting she was outspoken for the time period. I also understood why she didn't develop relationships.The tiger was promising but the brother relationship was underdeveloped. I got more out of "The Silver Kiss" by Annette Curtis Klaus. The relationship with the cat made me cry. Kudos for believeable characters (with the exception of her twin brother Alexander) and vampire mythology. The emotional impact from the climax just wasn't there.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great depth and imagery for a book written by a thirteen year old. Sure there were some areas that could have been improved, but for the most part the plot and the characters were thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait for the next installment in the series.
Mumugrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First novel in her Den of Shadows Quartet, it's the story of Rachel, a young girl changed against her will into a vampire in the 17th century, and how she comes to terms with that 300 years later. This is more of a novella than an actual novel, and while I am thoroughly impressed that a 13-year-old was able to finish a work of this length, it didn't have much depth to it.The character of Rachel acted more often than not like a teenager, not someone with the hindsight and maturity of 300 years. That being said, I want to finish the other stories in Atwater-Rhodes quartet and look forward to reading more later work from her as she gains a little more experience and perspective.
BridgetMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would have liked to have gone even deeper into Risika's world...but thankfully, that comes later in the related books. I was a little thrown by the ending with Risika's past showing up, but. She was thirteen when she wrote it. Impressive.
DrakeofDoom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this one, entire reason I started reading this author.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would serve as a pretty good introduction to vampire books. It's simple, easy to read, and is enjoyable. I can see why Atwater-Rhodes was referred to as the teen Anne Rice.
cvlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very hungry 300 year old vampire stalks the streets of New York looking for her prey. It is easy to find a lost person wandering, not aware of what is about to happen. Risika knows very well she should not be in this part of town, yet she refuses to be afraid of Aubrey, one of the strongest vampires existing. She has fought with him before and still has the memories of her brother¿s death and the scar on her collarbone to prove it. But Risika has not seen Aubrey in hundreds of years and she knows too well, a vampire never admits when she is afraid. She also knows Aubrey will just send a messenger to warn her about hunting in his territory, or will he? I would recommend this title to younger high school students interested in vampires and fantasy.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the year 1701, Rachel Weatere was seventeen and living a fairly normal life. Normal in all ways except for the fact her beloved twin brother had magical powers he couldn¿t control. She was also seventeen when her brother¿s confrontation with the vampires Ather and Aubrey escalated and they turned their combined gaze to her. Forcibly made a vampire and believing her brother dead, Risika was the name she was given and Risika was who she became...rating 3 1/2i thought this book looked interesting and read the little summary about it, then when i read on the back that it had been written by a thirteen-year-old, i became even more curious (being a teenager myself.). i read it pretty fast(in a day); it was good. was it amazing? not really. but it was impressive that she wrote it at such a young age. I always love strong heroines. I loved how she developed and became someone fierce and not looking back. I was so happy She went up against Aubrey(who i love b/c he was kinda hot, but still hated at the same time) she depended him. But when the brother came back i was like "what all this time you pretended to be die". without him gone Risika would have never been the person she is.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Risika is a 300 year old vampire. Rachel, born in 1684, became a vampire against her will (was renamed Risika) and still struggles with her human morality. However, as much as she wants to hang on to her humanity, she is a vampire - an especially strong one, with a grudge against Aubrey, the vampire who she believes murdered her twin brother. The showdown between Risika and Aubrey is a bit disappointing, as was the twist at the end (I saw it coming). However, considering that this book was written by a 13 year old, it is a solid first effort. Readers who are intrigued by vampires, but intimidated by the size of Stephenie Meyer's tomes will find this a quick, easy, and entertaining read.
df1a_AmandaW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book was flawless. It stars a troubled young vampire named Risika, trying to prove to her ultimate rival, Aubrey, that she is no longer his prey. The characters were complex, and the imagery was one of a kind. I felt as if I were in Risika's place at times. This is a mind boggling tale of love, tragedy, and strength. As well as coming to terms with your past. I recommend it for any vampire lover. ^_^
ccahill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not find this book to be as well-written as many make it out to be; one can tell the author is young and trying (too) hard to write like a seasoned author. The plot was under-developed, and the entire book seemed to jump from one event to the next without regard to flow, or at times, even logic (e.g. the last few pages - WTF?). I found many of the passages to be random musings of the author, included without any significance to the story. The concept of alternating between the past and present was interesting, but grew tiresome. Overall, the book was a good attempt by a young author, but needed a lot more work before being published.
stephiewonder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really, a very disappointing novel as these things go-- you can tell the author is thirteen (Gifted, but thirteen). The scenes were abrupt, and the style was underdeveloped. It really shouldn't have been published, and, likely had it come from an older author, it wouldn't have been. In comparison to her other works, this is Atwater-Rhodes' worst.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good fantasy starring a 300 year old vampire seeking revenge. 13 year old author.
cmckee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is is possible to be a compassionate, understanding vampire? Such is the thrust of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' story of Rachel/Risika, a young girl of the 1700's forced to live her life as a vampire. Risika recalls and narrates the details of her past family life and the strange and violent way she was forced into vampirism. She also describes in seering detail her regretful need "to feed" and survive as a vampire. She struggles against other more eager and powerful vampires such as Aubrey and finds solace in both her memories of the past and her sole friend, Tora, a beautiful Bengal tiger. The strength of the story for middle school is the fact that the author was only thirteen when she wrote the novel, surely an inspiration to junior high students. The weakness of the story is the contrived ending and loss of some threads of the plot as the two-setting story progresses. The symbolism of the tiger and its relationship to Risika would allow for the teaching of William Blake's poem "The Tiger" and discussion of symbols in general.
MelissaRussia_BHI More than 1 year ago
If I hadn't found this book when I was wasting time in my high school library, I wouldn't be the bookworm I am today. Not to mention Amelia Atwater-Rhodes books are what helped me through a tough time in my life and brought me into a world of Vampires, Fantasy and books. Bottom line her books are amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read
Sharpay More than 1 year ago
This book is very engaging since it goes back and fourth between the past and the present.
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