Title: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre
Author: Amanda Grange
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
In this sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Miss Elizabeth Bennett has just married the love of her life, Fitzwilliam Darcy. After their wedding, they embark on a trip around the European continent, visiting Darcy’s various homes and lodges. However, Darcy is becoming more and more distant as the days progress, and Elizabeth begins to wonder whether he regrets their marriage. Little does she know that there is more going on than meets the eye.
When my book club chose Mr. Darcy, Vampyre as one of our October reads, I was secretly excited. I was intrigued by the prospect of this book, yet I don’t think I ever would have read it on my own. I wasn’t sure what to think of it when I first opened the pages, but I was surprised to find it was very readable and kept my attention well.
I have heard complaints about the way that Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is written – specifically, that Elizabeth does not know that Darcy is a vampire until 3/4 of the way through this novel. However, the reader is obviously aware of that very important fact from the second they look at the title and cover of the book. This makes it somewhat slow and ambiguous, as the reader waits for Elizabeth to make her discovery so that the action can begin. While I understand these complaints, I enjoyed the novel despite them, perhaps because I knew that Elizabeth was in the dark for most of this book and was not waiting for her to figure out what was going on.
I enjoyed the contemplative pace of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. It was never tedious for me and kept my attention well. However, the ending of the novel jumped the shark a bit. Ironically, it was after Elizabeth made the discovery of Darcy’s true nature that I had trouble with the book. It went off on a random tangent and took itself way too seriously.
Additionally, there was too much packed into the last quarter of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Grange really should have spread it out more, making Elizabeth realize Darcy’s true nature earlier in the novel. Perhaps that would have made the ending a little less strange.
I enjoyed Mr. Darcy, Vampyre for what it was – a fun book that isn’t meant to be taken seriously. If you want a quick, enjoyable read and don’t mind the desecration of Pride and Prejudice, this is a good one to pick up.