I loved this book! It kept me awake the night I finished because I couldn’t stop thinking about Glynis, the main character, and how this part of her story ended. As a woman, I appreciated her strength but she did try my patience a few times. In the end I decided that it was okay for her to be a little petulant (stomping her foot and pouting when she didn’t get her way). It actually made her more charming. She may have been too harsh otherwise. I don’t want to give away too much because I am recommending that anyone who enjoys vampire, dark gothic horror or just GOOD books should read this.
Glynis is travelling with her family so that they can find her a husband. Keep in mind that she doesn’t want a husband but her family is anxious to get her married. They love her and I think they want the best for her. But, given the time period, this urge to get your teenage daughter married was the norm. When they come to Vlad Tepes’ / Count Dracula’s / Prince Vlad’s home, things don’t quite go as planned (to say the least). This isn’t Twilight, people. Don’t expect Vlad to be a sparkly, piano-playing, tree-climbing introvert. He is BAD and things get ROUGH! Did I mention that this is DARK gothic horror? Let’s just say that I, along with Glynis, hated Vlad with a passion during most of this book. There is a love interest for Glynis, Ignatius. But I have to admit that, as a character only, he wasn’t as interesting as Vlad.
When I finished the book, I debated the rating with myself. It isn’t perfect (my e-book has several typos which would usually drive me nuts). But, the strength of the story more than overshadowed those slight issues so this is definitely a 5-star read for me. The scenes where Vlad shows himself, the violent life that he has lived and his true feelings were written in such a way that while you could never forgive him, you could at least have some understanding. This is rare for me and it takes a very talented author. Rhiannon Frater rocks. Read her books!