This takes the story of Dracula to new levels!
When I first started reading this book I was a bit disappointed because it seemed to me that it was a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula but a lot too close to the original to be much of a retelling. I was actually quite bored at the beginning even though it has been many years since I read Bram Stoker. However the more I read, the better this book got.
Many of the players are the same. There is Vlad and his brother Radu who were sons of the King of Romania. They were given to the cruel King of Turkey as children along with many other children of Romania in exchange for the promise that Turkey would not invade. Vlad was returned to Romania when he reached adulthood but Radu had become a favorite of the King and was never returned.
Vlad becomes king, meets and marries the love of his life, Elizabeth who becomes pregnant. Vladimir goes to War with Turkey because he refuses to send any more of Romania’s children to the King of Turkey. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you have read Dracula or even seen the movie, you know that Elizabeth dies and Vlad becomes Dracula. This all happened circa 1450.
This book follow a similar path as Stoker’s in that Dracula finds himself in London around the 1800’s where he comes across Mina, who’s is the spitting image of his love Elizabeth, along with her friend Lucy. Mina is engaged to Jonathan Harker. Vlad also meets Lucy’s father and a Dr. Van Helsing who are looking to form a society that will hunt supernatural creatures of the night.
One of the glaring differences in this retelling is that while in London, Dracula hangs out at the Hellfire club with the likes of Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. This retelling is also told from Vlad’s viewpoint and it is quite steamy. Though you have to realize it is Dracula, he is the father of all vampires and the worst of them all. He is your ultimate bad boy with a killer instinct.
The book gets better as it goes, it strays further from Stokers original story. I always like it when a story is told all or in part from the male protagonists point of view. It is especially good when it is a steamy storyline. His love for Elizabeth is something to behold. How it doesn’t lessen at all throughout the years.
That is something I can’t even imagine.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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