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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
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Apr 21, 12

bookshelves: classic, literature-fiction, romance, supernatural, horror, action-adventure, owned-books, mashup
Read in September, 2011

What if Mr. Darcy held a terrible secret, one he refused to share with his bride? With that hint, the reader is let in on the secret from the beginning. We are made to read helplessly as Elizabeth Darcy née Bennet is led on a path of horror while she slowly comes to the truth about her new husband.

The tension is built up carefully in shifts as Elizabeth careens from bright, sunlit splendors to darkened, shadowy corners of the Old World. The glories and tawdriness of Europe are detailed in a way that makes the scenes and characters of the 19th century come alive. Like Elizabeth, the reader is allowed to forget the growing feelings of unease only temporarily before being submerged again in a growing atmosphere of terror.

Unlike traditional vampire novels, we are not hit with splashes of gore or the supernatural flashings of fangs or splashes of gore on every other page. Instead the author takes us on a tour of Europe, subtly pointing out the vampyre’s true curse—to see the gay world it once knew crumble and die.

There is plot and character development here, a true story, rather than just a rehashing of Jane Austen on which to hang bloodied robes like an overused coatrack. This is a fine re-working of Austen’s characters without being trite or boring. Far wittier than a one-note mash-up, more compelling than any sequel of happily-ever-after, far more adult than the “Twilight” series, “Mr. Darcy, Vampyre” manages to bring new blood into Austen and the old-fashioned Gothic horror novel. (Check out the sly tongue-in-cheek reference that Ms. Grange makes in the dedication.)

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