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Dark Shadows 1: Angelique's Descent (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lara Parker
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"Parker's spellbinding plot and descriptive prose will please those who love a supernatural romance. She has captured the characters, the dialogue, and the spirit of the show perfectly."
"--RT Book Reviews""" "Inspired by the 1970s television show "Dark Shadows", Parker writes a layered story."


The Dark Shadows saga is begins with the full measure of eroticism, spellbinding suspense, and gripping storytelling.

The dashing heir of a New England shipping magnate, Barnabas Collins captures the heart of the exquisite, young Angelique amidst the sensual beauty of Martinique, her island home. But Angelique's brief happiness is doomed when Barnabas deserts her for another. With this one betrayal, Barnabas unleashes an evil that will torment him for all time.

For Angelique is no ordinary woman. Vowing to destroy Barnabas, a vengeful Angelique damns him to eternal life as a vampire-a companion to accompany her forever. Little does Angelique understand the depth of Barnabas's fury...

The first chapter of the irresistible Dark Shadows series. A deliciously macabre story of love and vengeance. Now a major motion picture by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1048 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 433 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0765332604
  • Verlag: Canvas (24. Mai 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007X25GG6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (47 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #133.857 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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I was intrigued by the book, because Parker was the first actress to play Angelique, the chief villainess in the "Dark Shadows" TV series. For the uninitiated, Angelique was a beautiful witch who was obsessively in love with Barnabus Collins, who she turns into a vampire and then proceeds to haunt him back and forth over two centuries and two different dimensions. Most readers will be familiar with the characters, who have become minor icons of American culture. (The folk singer Kate Campbell sings about rushing home from school every afternoon to be terrified by Barnabus.)
The novel is Parker's tale of how Angelique became a witch during her childhood in the 18th-century French Caribbean colony of Martinique. The last fifth or so of the novel retells some events from the TV series. But most of it is a character study showing us a very nuanced picture of a girl who desperately sought to preserve her freedom and humanity in the face of terrible odds. Ultimately, she sells her soul to the devil - literally - but the reader finds it hard not to have some sympathy with her. Her "Faustian" bargain is not for knowledge, but rather for love and survival.
Her story does have some echoes of "Faust." It may be hard to picture Barnabus the vampire as a Gretchen figure, but in a way he is. And the fate of Angelique's mother has a definite parallel in "Faust."
Parker paints an engaging picture of Angelique growing up in Martinique's racially-mixed, slave-owning culture Angelique is initiated in the voodoo religion, and as a pubescent girl is possessed by a voodoo love "loa" (goddess) named Erzulie.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Parker masterfully recreates the world of Dark Shadows 20. November 1998
"Dark Shadows" fans have been anticpating this book for a LONG time. It's been 26 years since the last DS novel, and Lara Parker delivers book that was worth the wait. Angelique's Descent picks up where the series left off, sort of. Barnabas is cured, Angelique is a memory, and a measure of peace is evident at Colllinwood. This all changes when Barnabas finds Angeliuque's diary. Parker skillfully weaves her story back and forth between events in the present, to the untold story of Angelique's past and the genesis of the triangle between Barnabas, Josette, and Angelique.
The book is compelling. Parker obviously researched the superstitions and customs of the slave culture of Martinique. At times one almost feels as if she is writing an historical novel; the settings and characters seem so real. More importantly, the reader can empathize with Angelique and understand her motivations. On TV, she was the witch you LOVED TO HATE. Rarely did the viewer truly sympathize with her. In her book, Parker evokes compassion for the abused child who strikes back the only way she knows how.
If the book has a flaw, it might be Parker's choice to start the series with Barnabas cured of the vampire curse. It might be hard for those unfamiliar with the show to comprehend that this story is partly about a guy who USED to be a vampire. Those who vaguely remember the show might be disappointed that Barnabas is not what they remembered him to be.
This is not an overwhelming obstacle. The meat of the book takes place in the past anyway. Fans of fantasy and gothic horror would enjoy this book regardless of whether or not they watched the show. Parker was careful to keep the plot self contained. Essentially, she is beginning the series anew. So sit back, relax and enter the world of Dark Shadows!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Must-Buy Book for DARK SHADOWS Fans 12. November 1998
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Penned by Lara Parker, who played Angelique on the original daytime soap opera, DARK SHADOWS, the novel, ANGELIQUE'S DESCENT is a must for fans of the eternally rerun series. The book is not without problems. At times, Parker's breathless prose leaves the reader wondering exactly what the author is trying to capture. The book is part research paper (all the ingredients of Caribbean voodoo are simply vomited onto the page by the author), part bodice-ripper (the sex that was very subverted in DARK SHADOWS is far too overt here to remain faithful to the story), part vampire novel (not too much vampirism), and part "local color" (regarding the use of vernacular for dialogue that at times is alternately hilarious and stereotyped). The plot is predictable, with the few twists foreshadowed so obviously by the author that it would take a truly inexperienced reader to miss them long before they come. Angelique's eyes change from sea-green to aster-blue...not exactly the same color, but I am nit-picking. The book is a quick read, albeit not totally satisfying for the DARK SHADOWS fan. What is the Collins Estate without the Old House? Why in heaven or hell's names would Barnabas Collins--the vampire Americans came to love to hate to love--burn down the mansion? Barnabas and Julia's relationship is certainly believable. Parker's handling of dialogue with regard to pre-existing characters is exceptional. Finally, the plantation where Angelique is held captive by her "father," Theodore Bouchard, also foreshadows Angelique's life at Collinwood (and conjures up images of Val Lewton's eerie film, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE). Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Voodoo und Zauberei
Das Buch ist gut geschrieben aus der Gegenwartssicht mit Rückblick auf die Vergangenheit. Die Geschichte beruht anscheinend auf einer alten TV-Serie (die ich nicht... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2012 von Merle
5.0 von 5 Sternen WOW!
Ich muss sagen, von der Buchbeschreibung her hatte ich mir das Buch anders vorgestellt - genauso wie die Protagonisten des Buches. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2012 von Tonks
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun Nostalgic Journey
Ah..the memories I have of Lara Parker and "Dark Shadows." I got hooked on it as a teenager. The four years Ms. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2000 von Michael Butts
4.0 von 5 Sternen Dark Shadows returns
I just finished this book and really enjoyed it from beginning to end. The only sore point was that a lot of detail was given to Angeligue's time in Martinique with her father,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von Phillip Schoppy
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's Awesome: Read It!
I was introduced to Dark Shadows last summer and I was hooked.I got to read Angelique's Descent and I loved it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2000 von Rachel Doty
1.0 von 5 Sternen For Dark Shadows Completists Only
Somewhere within this dull 500-page novel there is a good 250-page novel. Ms. Parker, who played Angelique on the '60s TV show "Dark Shadows", certainly has a wealth of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen I WANT MORE!
This book was just awesome. I work 3 jobs and still somehow couldn't put it down. The end made me begging for more. there will be more, right?
Am 24. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Story of Barnabus and Angelique was worth the wait.
If you love Dark Shadows or just gothic horror/romance, than "Angelique's Decent" is for you. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Februar 2000 von C. Deger
1.0 von 5 Sternen Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent
I am an avid Dark Shadows fans, ever since I was in grade school, now that I am older, and working on my second college degree, I can really enjoy Dark Shadows on the Sci-Fi... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark Shadows : Angelique's Descent
I loved this novel, I am a avid Dark Shadows, fan and I feel the novel followed through with the orginal series. A MUST READ FOR ANY FAN, or ANYBODY WHO LOVES GOTHIC NOVELS. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2000 von Bill Selman
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