There have been many versions of Count Dracula and although I’m familiar with Dracula by Bram Stoker through film I have yet to pick up his book. The Tale of the Vampire Bride is a version of Count Dracula aka Vlad Tepes, similar to that created by Bram Stoker and I have to admit I was not keen to read this version, as although I love Rhiannon Frater’s writing, I’m a huge fan of the Vlad Tepes found in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, so I didn’t really want anything to spoil this image I have of Vlad.
Yes, I know vampires are meant to exist in horrors and should be blood sucking demon monsters, however, I quite enjoy vampires having some human qualities and not just total blood lusting creatures.
Feeling a little hesitant in picking up The Tale of the Vampire Bride, it came as a total shocker that I loved every moment of the 680 pages, so much so that I have already bought the second book in the series.
The Tale of the Vampire Bride is set in the 1800’s and is written in journal form, mainly from the point of view of the main protagonist Lady Glynis Wright. Glynis is my type of heroine, strong minded, fiery temperament, a rebel and most of all finds it impossible to submit and allow someone to exercise control over her, especially a man.
Vlad is a villain and a great one at that. Glynis hates him because of how he treated her and her family, and I too was appalled by his behavior and found Vlad totally worthy of the villain tag – he takes what he wants, and is a proud, arrogant, womanizing, merciless vampire with four brides already, I found him very greedy and insatiable.
Glynis wants to live her life like a man and is determined to make her own path in life, her personality reminds me greatly of Princess Merida, the character in Disney’s new movie Brave even down to the red hair. Glynis does not wish to marry and her mother is dragging her around in search of a suitor. After Glynis scaring off the other men with her outspoken unladylike behaviour, her mother doesn’t hesitate to attend when an invite is received to meet with Vlad in his estate, high in the Carpathian Mountains .
I followed behind the rest of my family, wishing to place as much room as possible between Prince Vlad and me. He was not the old, bald, fat Count of my imaginings, but I almost wished he were. He was darkly handsome, alluring, frightening and, I feared, somehow evil.
However, Glynis never had the opportunity to choose what path she would like as Vlad took what he wanted and turned her into one of his vampire brides against her will.
The Tale of the Vampire Bride is very exciting as we see Glynis’ hate grow as Vlad tries to break her spirit and make her submit to his will. Vlad does many despicable and gruesome things in trying to break Glynis, however, his ultimate goal is to move to England, which requires Glynis’s connections and co-operation in being able to set up an estate there.
Vlad, realising a different tactic was needed, took Glynis to his estate in Buda to live her dead life as a lady. I loved how the relationship between Glynis and Vlad progressed and at times felt that Glynis could forgive him. She’s so strong minded and never fully gave in to his demands, only placating him until she could have an opportunity to escape his clutches and find love with another. As they get closer, Glynis is able to understand Vlad more and use this knowledge to help put her plans in motion.
He cannot possibly understand my emotions. I do not believe her has ever experienced them. His passions burn fierce, but are tinged with violence and anger. My own passions are stirred by love.
Although Glynis was put through hell she remained strong and true to herself and won Vlad’s affections earning her right as the first wife and the title of Countess Dracula.
I now know you love me. I cannot say I love you, but I can say you have liberated me in ways I never imagined. You have made me strong and I thank you for that.
Vlad knew I would never love him, but had been satisfied to have a strong partner at his side. I had realized that dispite my fierce hatred of the man, he had taught me to be strong and to feel confident in my own abilities.
This strength and confidence of Glynis makes The Tale of the Vampire Bride a thrilling yet chilling read as she plots to overthrow the strongest and most feared vampire of all, Count Dracula.
I loved The Tale of the Vampire Bride. A feisty heroine, a dark, handsome but totally evil vampire villain. Full of blood, gore, romance, sex and revenge, what more could I want? Rhiannon Frater has brought the dark vampire bloodsucking monsters back into the horror section with a fantastic but gruesome plot that’s beautifully written, and had me fixated from start to finish. The next book in the series The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride was purchased and downloaded to my Kindle before I even finished as I can’t wait to read the remaining story of Lady Glynis Wright AKA Countess Dracula.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- The Tale of the Vampire Bride
- The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride
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