I knew nothing about Mr. Darcy, Vampyre when I received the book besides the fact that it has a really cool cover and title, which suggests Mr. Darcy is in for some fun things. I could hardly wait to see what type of vampire Mr. Darcy would be.
August 1, 2009
320 pages, paperback
As I eagerly started the book, we find Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth on their wedding day – happy and a whole lifetime together to look forward to. During the post wedding ceremony celebrations, Elizabeth notices dark shadows cross Darcy’s face and his mood swings from elated to somber in an instant. Elizabeth wonders if maybe he is regretting the marriage as a dread falls over them. However, he reassures her he most definitely loves her and a wary Elizabeth and him depart for their honeymoon.
They stop at an Inn on the way to Paris on their wedding night. As Elizabeth writes a letter to her sister Jane, waiting for Darcy to show up in her bedroom, she falls asleep and he never comes. This becomes a daily occurrence – weeks go by and Darcy never comes to Elizabeth’s room at night. Elizabeth becomes quite frustrated and one night decides it is time for her to do the seducing. She goes to his room, but he is not there. She notices his bedroom window is open and as she goes to close it, there is a bat outside. When she returns to her bedroom, Darcy is in there, with her window open. Aha! A clue! Unfortunately for Lizzie, he gives her a peck on the cheek and leaves.
From here, the story is pretty much the same. Elizabeth is worried Darcy regrets the marriage and many times there are hints that Darcy may not be entirely human. They travel to Paris, to the Alps and then to Italy. Along the way friends slip and mention things that Darcy did hundreds of years ago or relations live in gothic styled houses and wear outdated clothing. At first it was fun to try to figure out the rules of this world and who was a vampire and who was in on the secret. After awhile I would have liked to see the plot move forward. I do have to say, Amanda Grange writes the description of the scenery beautiful and leaves out no details when describing the different places Elizabeth and Darcy stay.
We see a very brief glimpse of the villain in the second half of the book and he doesn’t make a strong appearance until very near the end. I think this book would have benefited from more suspense. Based on the title, the reader knows Darcy is a vampire, even though it is not truly confirmed until the end of the book. If the villain was introduced earlier in the story, it would have added another layer of tension that would have enhanced the story.
The ending rebounded a bit. Finally Elizabeth showed some spunk, reminiscent of her character in Pride and Prejudice. Darcy shows his true vampire side, something I would have loved to see more throughout the book. The action and pace pick up and the ending was a bit of a surprise.
Rating: 2 Stars
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