Ok, maybe brilliant is going a tad overboard, and maybe I’m a tad bit biased since “Pride and Prejudice” is my favorite book, but to take two things I love (P&P and Vampires) and shove them into one makes me just happy as a clam.
“Mr. Darcy, Vampyre” begins where P&P ended, and to a much dazed and confused Lizzy, it’s not exactly the type of hunky dory lovey dovey beginning of a marriage that she had planned.
For starters, their honeymoon plans are immediately changed from happy romp at the beach to intercontinental travel. Then… there are the odd, tortured looks that keep flashing across Darcy’s face.
There are pirates who decided in the last 30 seconds NOT to take over their ship, there are creepy wolves, even creepier castles, a set of very flamboyant Italians (who keep slipping up and revealing things that they shouldn’t) there is a rash of very disturbing dreams, and one very unsatisfied bride.
The writing was, for the most part, fluent with the earlier language of “Austen” (it starts to falter a little at the end, but the action picks up at the same time and so it’s a little harder to notice.) There are a few parts where “Amanda Grange” started to get excessively detailed, especially in their initial arrival to Italy, but again, it’s not intolerable.
I have read several P&P spin-offs (“Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman Series…etc) and to date this is probably my favorite. How often do we get to experience a clashing of the times, a fluid meshing of classic and fantasy? Not often I tell you, so when it’s good it’s great, and when it’s great it’s worth the read. (hint hint)
Enjoy my fellow Austenites this one is for you, and just remember, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, unless of course that tunnel leads to the middle of a dark forest, then you’re just screwed.
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