Anno Dracula started off very promising. The mixture of Victorian England, real events and famous characters from history along with real-life people was enough of a draw for me to pick it up.
It looked as though the author was going to take Jack the Ripper’s crimes and give them a paranormal twist, which I did find interesting. However, the story was very slow and didn’t pick up any pace. Each chapter was more like a ‘spot the literary character’ or famous face. The author has kindly added a guide at the back identifying the characters, but it became tedious. I found myself constantly flicking to the back of the book every time a new character was mentioned , this ended up taking me out of the story more often than not and I found it hard to keep up with the story.
There was no way for me to fully engage with any of the characters and though there was some interesting backstory to Dracula, it wasn’t enough to keep me reading. Even now I could not tell you anything about the lead characters except for what is already printed on the front cover. (The front cover of the book I read stated it to be in the style of a carnival side show, with the names of the characters and a brief description of what they were.)
I knew I was in trouble when I struggled to pick up the book in order to read any more. By 150 pages I called it a day and put it aside.
This isn’t the first time I have read a book which attempts to imitate the writing style of the Victorian or Georgian writers, but it was too wordy for me. For a book that does manage to imitate these styles well, I would recommend Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. The first book in this series is Soulless.
A good premise that seemed to get bogged down with the details and trying to throw in as many famous faces, both fictional and real, into the mix.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Anno Dracula
- The Bloody Red Baron
- Judgement of Tears: Anno Dracula
- Andy Warhols Dracula
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