Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is one of the sequels to Pride & Prejudice that are so popular right now that picks up where Pride & Prejudice ends and I thought it was great. Pride & Prejudice is my favorite Austen novel and I love reading vampire stories so for me this was the perfect mix.
The story starts with Elizabeth and Jane Bennet preparing for their double wedding. Both are excited to begin their lives with the loves of their lives. Afterwards Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have a change in plans. Mr. Darcy has decided to take Elizabeth to Paris for their wedding tour. She’s surprised but excited as well since she’s never been out of England. From the beginning though there seems to be trouble in paradise. Mr. Darcy is acting very peculiar and very distant. Lizzy is becoming quite distressed that he does not seem to want to visit her room at night and she has still not really become his wife. More troubling is that anyone, even Lizzy, can see that he is madly in love with her.
Along the way Lizzy is meeting all of Mr. Darcy’s relatives along with a Count who lives in an old rambling castle in the middle of nowhere in the Alps. It is here that she notices more than a few strange things happening. There is a lot of gossip and her maid keeps telling her strange stories that she’s heard passed around the household help. Lizzy herself is finding it strange there too. More than once she finds herself falling into a dreamlike state and seeming to live another life in some other place. What is going on? Elizabeth is quite sure that Mr. Darcy is keeping something from her but he just keeps telling her that there are things she doesn’t know and he can’t tell her the truth.
Finally Lizzy learns the truth about Mr. Darcy and from here they are on the run for their lives. They have to find a temple and maybe a way out of this nightmare for both Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, quite possibly a way for them to live their lives as normal. I was on the edge of my seat a few times here. I loved that even though Lizzy learns the horrible truth about Mr. Darcy – that he’s a vampire – it doesn’t lessen her love for him. She’s willing to do anything it will take for them to have the life they dream of having.
If you’re looking to read a good sequel to Pride & Prejudice and you have a fondness for the paranormal, then I suggest you give this one a try. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is maybe a little more drama surrounding Mr. Darcy being a vampire. This novel could very well have taken a different turn at the end and I would have liked to have seen that as well although I can’t really elaborate on that as I don’t want to give the ending away.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I read it in a couple of days and it kept my attention throughout. My thanks to Sourcebooks for my copy of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Be sure to check out Amanda Grange’s website here and her blog devoted to Mr. Darcy, Vampyre here. In addition you can pick up this book here in the US and here in Canada.
I’m also excited that this is a book I can use towards my Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie’s Written Word. Please be sure to pop back tomorrow as I had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda Grange and I’ll have that interview right here for everyone.