Monday, September 24, 2012

Contest and review: Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

Wanna win a copy of Incarnation? This gorgeous book can be yours, and all you need to do is leave a comment about your favorite steampunk elements...are bustles and ballgowns part of your dresscode, or do you just fancy a pair of brassy goggles? Me, I love all the architecture lining foggy streets illuminated by dim gaslamps, and mixing in vampires makes it a surefire hit! Contest details at the end of the post. Good Luck!


In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . 

If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme. 

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.


I've always said that writing reviews for books that I genuinely enjoy are the most difficult, and Incarnation is no exception. For me, it started with this sassy cover because right away I can "see" Lucy, brassy and bold, hip cocked with that bring it on attitude, with those sharp black nails looking a bit dangerous. Love it!

My attention doesn't falter once I begin reading either. The writing style is very well paced and you almost approach the world of vampires as Lucy would, with each experience revealing more about this darker London.

~The London fog carried the sharp bite of sulfur from the coal dust that shrouded the city. Spectral fingers drifted along the Strand, winding around the hackneys and private carriages waiting for the theatres to let out. The yellow glow of the new sodium lights reflected in the black puddles left by a storm that had passed over a few hours before. It had brought not the freshening scents of the countryside, as Dickens remarked, but  the foul, stale, wretched addition to the gutters that was a London rain.~opening Chapter 1

This amazing attention to detail breathes life into the buildings and locations of Victorian London, allowing the reader to vicariously feel the stonework, and walk the tunnels and back alleys. I appreciated that the vampires were not romantic, viewing mortals as food and fodder, yet they were still very seductive, most understanding that certain rules must be followed. These vampires are all vicious beauty. Even Lucy. She actually reminded me of Mina from the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, reluctant to take a life but realizing the necessity in doing so. She is strong and capable, with these fragmented memories of her human life and family, so she isn't completely heartless. i felt that she showed progression as the story went on and I admired her choices. I'm adding Incarnation to my Top 10 for the year!

More information:

Simon&Schuster website



Contest details:

*This contest is open to U.S. residents only 
*Winner will be drawn next week
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Shadow said...

This sounds very good! I cant wait to read this! ;)

bn100 said...

Very nice review. Sounds like a good book.


TwiVampChick said...

I absolutely adore the ballgowns and the little hats the women wore, and the men were just...GAHHH! There are no words. I think that's where everyone got the idea that Victorian vampire were sexy and not so much the "Nosferatu" version. Corsets probably sucked though, but I suppose if you don't have to breathe-at all-then it would not be a big deal. ;)


SandyG265 said...

My favorite steam punk element is the gadgets

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Barbara E. said...

My favorite steampunk elements are the fantastic clothing and the steam powered inventions, especially air ships. There's nothing like a wonderful alternative history adventure with paranormal elements thrown in to make an outstanding read.

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