Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Tale of the Vampire Bride by Rhiannon Frater

Book description:

All Lady Glynis Wright ever wanted was the freedom to live her life as she pleased. Unfortunately, her aristocratic parents want her to marry well and settle into a life of luxury. When her family becomes guests to one of the most fearsome and powerful vampires of all time, Glynis finds her fate is far more terrible than an arranged marriage. Trapped in the power of her new master, she fights for freedom, revenge against her creator, and the chance to be with the one she truly loves. Bloody, horrific, romantic and rich in gothic atmosphere, The Tale of the Vampire Bride is sure to thrill fans of the terrible, yet romantic vampires of literary past.

Don't let the cartoon-ish style cover fool you, this book is a dark, delicious treat of traditional Gothic horror that showcases everything that vampires should be~ cruel, violent, selfish, mysterious, powerful, arrogant, mesmerizing, and decadent...with just a hint of romance. 

Glynis is a woman ahead of her time, albeit slightly immature, and the trappings of Victorian society hold no appeal. She seeks romance and adventure, fancying herself in love with the famous, and controversial poet, Lord Byron. When her family travels throughout Europe seeking to make a profitable and respectable marriage arrangement she proves to be difficult and exasperating to her loving parents. Of course, everything changes when they arrive at the decrepit castle of Prince Vlad. 

The book started slowly for me, mainly because a few of the scenes seemed to be re-tellings of original Dracula passages, such as the journey to the castle and how the locals react to Vlad, and I wasn't yet sure of the direction. But even those first chapters were very well done and added a richness of detail to the story. The writing style itself is reminiscent of Bram Stoker, gradually building up to the climactic ending, with every virtual flip of the page slowly drawing you in. The plot itself is original (an excellent sequel-esque style) and I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Several elements of the story had me on the edge of my seat, especially the subplots involving the Brides (not sure if I should despise them, feel sorry them, or both) and Ignatius (no spoilers on that one- just read the book). I'd love to read a sequel!!

Visit Rhiannon's website for more book information. 

*This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty


Rain Maiden said...

Its been a long time since I read a good old fashion vampire story. Thanks for the post Anna, I will be checking out this one.

Rhiannon Frater said...

Thank you for the review! The sequel, THE TALE OF THE VENGEANCE BRIDE, is now available.