If the Blade and Kill Bill movies had a baby, the result would be the Dark Molly series. Written by C.S. Anderson of Alucard Press, “The End of the Beginning” is the start of an ass-kicking trilogy.
An off-shoot of the Black Irish series, Dark Molly stars in her own adventures this time around. After being tortured, violated, and turned by vampires and dark adepts, white adept Andrea Doyle is their “failed experiment” of a magic-wielding vampire. From her anguish, Andrea’s alter ego Dark Molly takes over her senses. Ravenous for revenge, Dark Molly seeks to destroy those who hurt her.
At only 138 pages with large, easy-to-read font, The end of the Beginning is an exciting, quick read that gets to the bloody brilliant action without hesitation. While the action is as intense and violent as any vampire-action story’s should be, the character of Dark Molly was the winning feature of the book for me. She is such a cool and badass character who will stop at nothing to brutally murder her enemies. Her spunky, fierce attitude is perfectly embodied in the strong, first-person voice the story is told from. Especially with the cliffhanger the book leaves off on, I’m super excited to see what Dark Molly will do next!
That being said, I plan to go back and read the Black Irish series before moving on to Dark Molly #2. I’ll be honest, I gravitated to Dark Molly first because of the cute goth chick on the cover. While I still enjoyed and understood the story without reading the first series, I feel like I didn’t get as completely immersed as I could have if I already knew the world, characters, magic laws, etc, previously established. From reading the back of Dark Molly #1, it sounds like I haven’t missed out on much of Dark Molly’s personal story, but especially with old characters popping up near the end, I feel it’d probably be best if I read Black Irish first to get the full experience.
Thanks for reading my review! Stay spooky~