While Dark Shadows fans may overlook all flaws, this book is less well-developed than it's predecessor. The previous novel about Angelique featured good period and atmosphere, where this novel is a complete derivative of the TV show. Other readers interested in witchcraft may enjoy this, but it was a letdown from the first book.
This book, like Angelique's Descent, is in two parts: Colinwood in1971 (after the series finished) and a few months after the events in the first book with flashbacks to the Salem witch trials in1692. The 1971 storyline takes up about three-quarters of the book. Former vampire Barnabas Collins develops an obsession with Antoinette, who has recently purchased and restored the old Collins house and strongly resembles his former lover/nemesis Angelique. Barnabas is now a dealer in rare carpets, which I thought was a somewhat peculiar job for the character but I suppose he had to earn a living somehow. There is also a vampire in Collinsport, whose identity is quite a shock when revealed at the end of the book.This part of the book is OK but the plot is rather contrived and the characterization doesn't really fit with what had been established in the series. 16 year old David Collins is the only really sympathetic character. The weaker part of the book is set in Salem in 1692 and concerns Angelique's previous incarnation as a Miranda Du Val. The premise for this part of the book was set up in the 1840 storyline of the series but the book really adds nothing substantial. The warlock Judah Zachary is weakly drawn, the powerful character of the series, who wrought havoc over 300 years and caused the destruction of Collinwood, becomes a schoolmaster with a few dodgy books and a coven of hysterical women. The rest of the plot is pretty much taken from 'The Crucible', only with real witchcraft. Lara Parker has a very poetic writing style but the plot and characterization aren't up to the standard of the first book.
I read Angelique's Descent which I enjoyed & then moved onto this book, expecting to enjoy it as much as I had the previous book, however the story line was quite thin & it did not have quite the same emotional impact as Angelique's descent.