Monday, October 4, 2010
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.
From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.
Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.
The symphonious writing flowed through every page of Dracula In Love. The pull of the words were luring and enrapturing. If you love the "real" vampire's you will receive ample amounts. I am a Twilight lover, nevertheless I still love where it has all began. I feel real vampire's have more to them than sparkles.
The way Mina's character transpired right off the pages was a wonder. I could see the way Feminism played a role, But I don't feel it was overwhelming. I felt the absurdity of how women were viewed and treated. We were nothing more then an ornament fragile and easily broken. The reality of the writing left you unveiled.
So much has taken place in Dracula In Love, action, love, hate, greed. It's rare a book has so much jammed into it. The only thing I wish would have been in the book was for Mina to punch her husband and Dracula. Ok, I know that just came out of no where I just feel neither deserved her.
This is a shelfer. If you don't have it on your shelf you're missing out!
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