Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Title: Vampire Darcy’s Desire
Author: Regina Jeffers
Publishers: Ulysses Press
Rating: 4 Crowns
Tormented by a 200-year-old curse and his fate as a half-human/half-vampire dhampir, Mr. Darcy vows to live forever alone rather than inflict the horrors of life as a vampire on an innocent wife. But when he comes to Netherfield Park, he meets the captivating Elizabeth Bennet.
As a man, Darcy yearns for Elizabeth, but as a vampire, he is also driven to possess her. Uncontrollably drawn to each other, they are forced to confront a "pride and prejudice" never before imagined--while wrestling with the seductive power of forbidden love. Meanwhile, dark forces are at work all around them. Most ominous is the threat from George Wickham, the purveyor of the curse, a demon who vows to destroy each generation of Darcys.
Written in authentic Austen style and faithful to its Regency-era setting,
Vampire Darcy's Desire retells the greatest love story of all time in a hauntingly imaginative fashion.
(from the author’s website)
This will be either exceedingly good or very bad.
I have often noticed that when Pride & Prejudice turns paranormal it either shines or falls flat, there is no middle with deal with this type of spin-off. The author must construct a storyline that is paranormal yet believable while maintaining the elements Jane Austen infused into the character as well as the novel.
In Vampire Darcy’s Desire, author Regina Jeffers ups the ante even more by basing the core of the plotline on the traditional Scottish ballad “Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender”. I was half expecting to fling this novel against the wall, although I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well this novel was composed.
I rather enjoyed this novel and found that the elements fused together quite nicely without feeling forced or impossible to believe. Although if the novel were to stand with just the paranormal spin-off quality, without the addition of the ballad I am not sure that I would have enjoyed it as much. For me, it was the incorporation of the ballad that sold it.
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Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 1:02 PM