Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

Elizabeth Bennet could not be happier. Having finally married Mr. Darcy the two have set off on their honeymoon tour. A last minute change in plans has the two travelling to the continent, from Paris to Venice and parts in between.

As they travel and as Elizabeth meets more and more of Darcy’s family and friends, she begins to wonder. Things are not as they seem and secrets abound. The biggest one being centered around Darcy himself.

I will admit, dear readers, that I was rather disappointed by Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. While the title and small blurb on the back seemed interesting enough, the actual book itself was a bit of a let down.

Now I will freely admit it has been some time since I’ve read the original Pride and Prejudice, however I do not recall Elizabeth Bennet being quite so foolish. If I remember correctly she wasn’t nearly as vapid as she was written here. She was an intelligent and headstrong young woman in the original story, something that is sadly missing in this supposed sequel.

Mr. Darcy himself seems almost a farce of the original character as well. Brooding and moody, he takes it to almost an extreme – all in the name of wanting to protect Elizabeth. If he had wanted to keep her safe as badly as he claimed, one wonders why he married her in the first place.

Though there were a good deal of problems with Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, one thing Ms. Grange did well was with the locations. Her ability to describe the cities Elizabeth and Darcy visited easily brought the places to mind. Reading the passages where she described the different locales, I could easily picture the places in my head. This almost makes up for the numerous other issues in the book.

As much as it pains me, I cannot give Mr. Darcy, Vampyre a good review. Even if it weren’t a sequel to a much beloved classic, there are too many issues with character and storytelling to make it a decent read. This is one book that I sadly must advise my dear readers to skip.

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