Jan 31 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Going Under (February 5, 2013)

Lauren Dane
Going Under
Berkley / February 5, 2013 
/ $7.99 print & digital

In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create a some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups federation—and ruthless PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm, her friends and she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark, new reality. If there’s anything left for her there, she’s going to fight for it. But Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.

Now, together, with magick on their side, they’re on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense, and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing.

If everything in your world changed overnight, would you react with fear—or attempt to embrace the change? Lauren Dane left us reeling after the events of Chaos Burning—although the Magister and his dark plans were defeated, he has left all of the Others—witches, werewolves, and vampires alike—recovering  in the aftermath. The Others have lost so many: friends, siblings, parents, spouses, children. This should be the time to mourn their losses, but there is no time for grieving.

In Going Under, the humans of the world now know that they are not alone, that Others exist, that their boss is a witch, that their best friend is shifter, and that odd guy next door really is a vampire…and no one knows exactly how to react. The fear is growing and it is being fed by the likes of groups like PURITY and Humans First.

“We too understand your fear of the unknown. Of finding out overnight that not only were there werewolves, who you’ve known about for several years, but witches and vampires too. And yet, you can also look to see we have not harmed you. When you didn’t know about us, we did not perform satanic rituals in your yards. We did not steal your children. We lived our lives just as you lived yours.”

Others wanted to keep their presence secret. The persecution of their ancestors taught them that not everyone is accepting of those who are different. If you are old as a vampire, it wouldn’t seem so long ago that witches were still being drowned, and burned at the stake. But the hate groups are watching and listing names and addresses of those who are Other. In this modern age of television and interest, the Others need to try a new approach to fight the fear. Public Relations expert Molly Ryan has been outed by PURITY as a witch, and she has been forced out of her firm, a firm she started, and now she is offering her years of experience to the witches in Clan Owen.

“I was born here, in this country. My mother and father were born here. My grandparents were born here. My boss Meriel Owen’s family has not only been here in the country for generations, but they helped build this entire region. We are not creatures. We are not monsters. We don’t call demons and we don’t worship Satan. What we are, are citizens of the United States.”

Others are in real jeopardy of losing their citizenship and their civil liberties. As Molly tries to advocate for peace between the humans and the Others, the attacks on Others are increasing. Riots are breaking out, but only Others are arrested. Although the newly formed Counsel of Others is allowing Molly to speak for all of them to bring about the return of a peaceful co-existence, they will not sit quietly and allow the humans to try and destroy them.

“My friends, we will not stand idly by as groups of bigots in this nation tear it apart by stripping us of our rights. They are, most assuredly, the rights and responsibilities we were born with. We were Americans before the Magister and we are Americans now. They expect silence and compliance? They’ll have our voice, and the strength of our will. We helped build this nation and we will not tolerate the dismantling of it by heartless vandals.”

When bills are proposed to Congress preaching encampments, GPS tracking and sterilization, the Others have had enough, and Molly stands between her people and the humans, with a hard battle to fight.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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1. Kareni
I'm currently enjoying this book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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