Title:The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion
Author: LJ Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 520 (combined)
Year: 2007 (books originally published separately in 1991)
Spoiler Warning: I can’t really discuss these books without assuming you’ve read at least the ones that came before it. Actually, you better be prepared for spoilers galore. But you can read my post on the first two books here.
The Fury is the story of Elena’s new life as a vampire. At first, Elena has a hard time adjusting but soon she is back to her old self and ready to solve the newest mystery in Fells Church: what is this other Power that keeps turning up? With a visit from an old acquaintance, some help from Damon (who’s not quite as evil as we all thought), and some good old-fashioned team work, the characters face-off against this Power.
Dark Reunion is the story of what happens after Elena’s death. Stephan is gone, the rest of them are trying to move on. But something Evil shows up once again in Fells Church (at least we get an explanation why evil is drawn there) and it is up to the old gang to take it on.
The Fury was a good conclusion to the first two books. We all knew Elena would eventually end up a vampire and now we get to see that play out. We learn some more about what really happened in the past and we get a very dramatic ending.
As I understand it, The Fury was supposed to be the final book in the Vampire Diaries trilogy but Smith was persuaded into writing a fourth book (and now two new trilogies are being written). I was rather curious how Dark Reunion would compare since it wouldn’t be told from Elena’s perspective. Instead, Bonnie narrates it with a little narration by the other characters. But I actually think Dark Reunion might be my favorite of the four books. I was actually very interested in what this new Evil was and how they were going to get out of this one. Or maybe it’s that I don’t really like book-Elena that much anyway.
All in all, I still don’t love these books. They’re fine. They’re so quick to get through that I don’t mind spending time on them. But after being soiled by the awesomeness of the television series, these just can’t compare. I wonder what I would have thought if I’d read them first or if I’d read them as a teenager. I think I may have enjoyed them more. Instead, I just find myself making comparisons. I am curious as to how the show will incorporate some of these story lines though and I like having a bit of a heads up. I’m sure I will keep reading the rest of the books.
Recommended for something quick and easy. But if you must choose, just watch the show.
And on that note, here is a promo for Season 2 which premieres on September 9. Can’t wait!