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

 
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In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows #1)
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14+
Release Date
May 11, 1999
ISBN
0440228166
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By day, Risika sleeps in shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone.

But someone is following Risika. He has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate three hundred years ago. Three hundred years ago Risika had a family- a brother and a father who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human.
Now she was a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her.

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dark and mystery.....Aubrey who?
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Reader reviewed by fayeflame

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 couldnt control. She was also seventeen
when her brothers 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 1/2

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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.

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deep in the forests...
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Reader reviewed by linda

I can't believe this book was published when Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was just 14! "In the Forests of the Night" is full of suspense and danger. Risika seems young but she is actually a 300 year old and an extremely powerful vampire. By day Risika resides in her dark and quiet apartment, but by night she roams the streets of New York search for human prey. But now someone from Risika's past has come back to pay a visit and remind her of those distant days when she was still human. She will always have her enemy lurking behind her and threatening her because of her rebellious actions. No one is safe from the demons of her past, not even her favorite tiger whom she visits and inspires her of freedom. When her enemy does something that tips her over the edge, Risika fights back and faces her past
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Amazing
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

She once was a human called Rachel. Now she's not called Rachel and she's not human. Risika was turned into a vampire and she tells her story by jumping back and forth between the present and the past. Aubrey, her enemy is becoming bolder and she decides to fight him. Who will win?

This was a pretty good book. Her other books are better. But, this was her first. It has a very intresting format.
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An amazing book!
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Reader reviewed by Jocelyn

In The Forests Of The Night is one of my favorite books ever, and, to make it even better, it starts off with one of my favorite poems, The Tiger, by William Blake. I'd always loved the poem, so, when I picked this book up, I knew I'd love it. In The Forests In The Night is the story of a vampire, Risika, formerly Rachel. Risika, named by the one who changed her, was turned into a vampire right as her twin brother was discovering his magical powers, and then, she thinks, Aubrey killed him. Because of this, and the fact that he caused her to become a vampire (though it was not his blood she drank to change into one), she wants to kill him. She doesn't think she is strong enough, but she will see in the end.

If you read this book and like it, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has written several other books taking place in this strange world of vampires and shapeshifters and witches. None of them, though, are as good as her first book. The author was fourteen when she wrote it, which makes it even mroe amazing, that someone was able to finish a book at that age. A lot of people are much older and still struggling with it!

In The Forests Of The Night has two stories--Risika's conflict with Aubrey, and Risika's finding her identity, as both Risika and Rachel. She says at the beginning, Rachel is dead. Maybe, maybe not. She discovers who she is. She is not only Risika--a vampire, a creature with no humanity. She is not only Rachel, anymore, though. She can be both.

This is a great book--definitely pick it up sometime and see what you think!
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Tiger, tiger burning bright/In the forests of the night
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Reader reviewed by Lauren

Risika is one of the strong vampires. She does not like for her difference to be known, so she pretty much stays out of the public view. She transforms into a hawk at night when she goes off to feed, and visit the one true thing that she loves, her tiger Tora. Aubrey another strong vampire challenges her when she kills in his territory. Aubrey is feared becuase of his incredible strength, and Risika swore revenge on him fo killing her brother Alexander. In New Mayhem inside Las Noches, the fight begins. Feeling confident she attacks him with all her force, realizing that he's not as strong as everyone thinks he is. She eaisly wins once transforiming into her tiger form. Not wanting to die, Aubrey pleads for his life by offering her his blood. She accepts and soon after the sees her brother alive, and immortal like her.
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really good!!!
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Reader reviewed by Lauren

Risika was changed 300 years ago, though she has finally accepted what she has become, she can't let go of the past. She watched her brother be killed in front of her by Aubrey, and she swore revenge on him.
300 years later, having very few encounters with Aubrey, she is ready to get her revenge. In Las Noches, the bar in New Mayhem, Riskia found hte courage to challenge Aubrey. At first afraid, she though she was weaker than he was. After sensing his fear, and his lack of strength, she took him, and had him pleading for his life. After this victorious fight, her mystery stalker ahs finally revealed himself. It was Alexander, the brother she though had been killed by Aubrey 300 years ago.
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boring,boring,more bordem
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Reader reviewed by ysb1993

it was Amelias first book but still very boring. The rest of her books are wonderful i have read them all but this one was piafull. If you want to try anotherone of her books try Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator and Hawksong. Please try her otherbooks and skip this one !!!!!! Her books are great !!!!!!!!! Im obbsessesd i read Midnight Predator 8 times!!!! so read and enjoy.
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Tiger Tiger!
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Reader reviewed by Val

This novel is extremely well written not for a thirteen year old writer which Ms.Rhodes was but because it simply well written and described. This novel tells the story of vampire Rashika or Rachel, as she was known when she was human. The story revolves around Rashika coming to terms with her human past and fighting for revenge against the vampire who killed the people she loved the most Aubrey who also happens to be an older, wiser, stronger vampire than she or so she thinks.
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Published when she was 14!!!!!
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Reader reviewed by Grace

Rachel Weatere was transformed into a vampire in 1701, and became Risika. Now, she lives in Concord, Massachusetts, sleeping during the day and hunting at night. She remembers what it was like to witness her own death and be torn apart by human morals. Now, her enemy from the past, Aubrey, who she believes killed her brother, has come to torment and fight her. Will she fight back or follow her human instincts and give in?

First of all, it's so cool that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes got her book published when she was fourteen!!! In the Forests of the Night is a creative vampire story, written in a way that gave the book a dark, chilling feeling. Even though the ending is confusing, it is kind of unbelievable to me that a fourteen-year-old could write so well.
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Great first novel
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Reader reviewed by Stella

"In the Forests of the Night" is the first novel of one of my all time favorite authors, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Risika is a seemly young woman, but in truth, she is a 300 year old and extremely powerful vampire. By day Risika resides in her dark and quiet apartment, but by night she roams the streets of New York search for prey, human prey. But now someone from Risika's past has come back to pay a visit and remind her of those distant days when she was still human.

This is a powerful and clever first novel for an author who later produces some of the best novels for young adults.
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