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8.07.2009

Review: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
Regency Romance, Jane Austen, Vampires
Trade Paperback (SOURCEBOOKS LANDMARK, 320 pages, $14.99)
ISBN# 1402236972
Sourcebooks Landmark, the leading publisher of Jane Austen-related fiction, is excited to announce a major release: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by international bestselling author Amanda Grange.
Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary, gives us something completely new—a delightfully thrilling, paranormal Pride and Prejudice sequel, full of danger, darkness and deep romantic love…
Amanda Grange's style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen's timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.

Author Site:
www.amandagrange.com


Vamp fans vs. Austen fans (4 stars)

Picking up the story up from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy, Vampyre seeks to explain in a rather fantastical way why Darcy is such a reserved and aloof character. Beginning with Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding the story quickly picks up and leads readers on a journey with Elizabeth as the new bride on her wedding tour. Instead of their planned visit to the Lake District an impromptu switch in plans takes the newlyweds to the continent to visit friends of Mr. Darcy. While visiting beautiful, fashionable France and artsy, passionate Italy are certainly not unwelcome diversions, Elizabeth begins to question her relationship with her new husband.

Subtle statements and unusual behavior bring Elizabeth to the conclusion that Darcy thinks he has made a mistake in marrying her. But the secret he is hiding from her is far greater and far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. The man she has married is much more than a gentleman of leisure, he is a vampyre. It will test their love and make them question whether they should remain man and wife.

Well written and following very well in the spirit of Austen's work, though I am a very poor judge there, Mr. Darcy, Vampire should really please fans of her work who love a sequel. That said, I do feel that this one will not appeal to vampire fans. The majority of the story his vampirism is so subtley hinted at that were it not for the title of the book one would almost expect a simple Gothic novel twist, not a vampyre plot. In a way I have to agree with a statement another reviewer of this book made... that the title giving away that he is a vampire does the reader a disservice. If it wasn't known the mystery would have been a lot of fun to unravel for a vampire story fan such as myself.

I've never read Pride and Prejudice myself and wanted to read this book from the perspective of the vampire fan instead of the Austen fan. Because of this I do feel that unless you're a reader who likes Austen or books of the same genre this one probably will not entertain you. Regency and Austen fans who can't imagine adding a dash of the paranormal may also find this one lacking. It does, however, really blend these two elements into an engrossing and epic sequel that even I found amusing and an interesting take on the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth.

Somehow I think this one will become a popular diversion among Austen fans and should not be missed if you are a Pride and Prejudice devotee. This is a terrific example of putting a new spin on a classic tale. Enjoy!

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