Dracula the Undead

Dracula the Undead

by Freda Warrington, Matthew Waterson
     
 

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The legend returns.… It is seven years since a stake was driven through the heart of the infamous Count Dracula. Seven years which have not eradicated the terrible memories for Jonathan and Mina Harker, who now have a young son. To lay their memories to rest they return to Transylvania, and can find no trace of the horrific events. But, beneath the earth,

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The legend returns.… It is seven years since a stake was driven through the heart of the infamous Count Dracula. Seven years which have not eradicated the terrible memories for Jonathan and Mina Harker, who now have a young son. To lay their memories to rest they return to Transylvania, and can find no trace of the horrific events. But, beneath the earth, Dracula's soul lies in limbo, waiting for the Lifeblood that will revive him.…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Warrington's so-so sequel to Bram Stoker's classic has the misfortune to follow on the heels of a superior sequel with a nearly identical title, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt's Dracula: The Un-Dead (Reviews, Aug. 24). Seven years after Van Helsing and the rest of the vampire hunters ended Dracula's existence, the survivors return to Transylvania to perform a Christian cleansing ritual and to reassure themselves the evil is truly destroyed. No one will be surprised when their journey ends up triggering the monster's resurrection. Once again, the count threatens the body and soul of Mina Harker, whom he pursued in Stoker's Dracula. Amid less than compelling variations on the original plot, Warrington (Elfland) throws in a subplot about the search undertaken by a professor friend of Van Helsing's for an academy run by the devil, whose students included Dracula, but its resolution will satisfy few. (Dec.)
Booklist
Originally published (as a mass-market title) in the UK in 1997, this is a direct sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel. It's set seven years after the end of Dracula. The vampire is dead, supposedly, and Jonathan and Mina Harker are still haunted by the memories of that terrible time. Although it seems a bit improbable, the Harkers, along with the vampire hunter Van Helsing, decide that the best way to unclutter their minds is to go back to Transylvania; they join up with Emil and Elena Kovacs, bound for Transylvania to paint landscapes. Skipping to the meat of the story, it turns out Dracula isn't dead after all (there's a reason they call vampires the "undead," after all), and soon he's terrorizing Jonathan, Mina, and Van Helsing. The author sticks closely to Stoker's original format, telling the story through letters and journal entries, and the prose, while a bit purple at times, evokes the creeping dread of Stoker's own style. A worthy sequel to Dracula, though not destined to become a classic in its own right.
Library Journal
Seven years after ending Dracula's reign of terror, Jonathan and Mina Harker join Van Helsing as they revisit Transylvania, little realizing that their presence triggers a resurgence of that former nightmarish time, one that threatens them upon their return to England. Using an epistolary style reminiscent of Bram Stoker, the author creates a believable continuation of the struggle between the Harkers and their ancient enemy. VERDICT Warrington's (The Dark Blood of Poppies) sequel to Stoker's original novel revitalizes the classic tale of Count Dracula. Vampire fans who enjoyed Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt's own sequel, Dracula The-Undead, may want to read this for comparison.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781511319959
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/01/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged

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