Mr. Darcy Vampyre

Mr. Darcy Vampyre

by Amanda Grange
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Mr. Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange

Sourcebooks Landmark, the leading publisher of Jane Austen-related fiction, is excited to announce a major release: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by international bestselling author Amanda Grange.

Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary, gives us something completely new—a delightfully thrilling, paranormal Pride and Prejudice sequel, full of danger, darkness and deep romantic love…

Amanda Grange's style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen's timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402236976
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Amanda Grange is a bestselling author of Jane Austen fiction (over 200,000 copies sold). She lives in England. Sharon Lathan is a bestselling author of Jane Austen fiction (over 100,000 copies sold). She resides in Hanford, California. Carolyn Eberhart is a debut author and member of RWA. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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PROLOGUE | December 1802

My dearest Jane,

My hand is trembling as I write this letter. My nerves are in tatters and I am so altered that I believe you would not recognise me. The past two months have been a nightmarish whirl of strange and disturbing circumstances, and the future…

Jane, I am afraid.

If anything happens to me, remember that I love you and that my spirit will always be with you, though we may never see each other again. The world is a cold and frightening place where nothing is as it seems.

It was all so different a few short months ago. When I awoke on my wedding morning, I thought myself the happiest woman alive…

CHAPTER 1 | October 1802

Elizabeth Bennet's wedding morning was one of soft mists and mellow sunshine. She drew back her bedroom curtains to see the dreaming English landscape lying serene and beautiful beneath a soft white quilt. The mist was at its thickest by the river, lying voluptuously over the water, then thinning out as it spread over the fields and pastures before disappearing, wisp-like, into the trees.

The birds were silent, but there was a sense of expectancy in the air. It was as though the world were waiting for the sun to rise and burn away the gauzy veil, revealing the true

colours of the countryside, not muted white and grey, but green and blue and gold.

Elizabeth sank onto the window seat and pulled her knees up in front of her. She wrapped her arms around them and her thoughts drifted to the ceremony that was to come. Images floated through her mind: she and her father walking down the aisle, Darcy waiting for her, the ring slipping onto her finger…

She was not the only one to have risen early. Her mother was already awake, complaining to anyone who would listen to her about her nerves, and Mary was playing the piano.

Kitty was calling out, 'Has anyone seen my ribbon?' and Mr Bennet was adding a full stop to his dry reply by closing the library door.

Beside her, Jane was still sleeping.

As she watched the world waking outside the window, Elizabeth thought of the past year and of how lucky she and her sister had been. They had both met men they loved and now, after many trials and difficulties, they were to marry them.

Elizabeth could not remember whose idea it had been to have a joint ceremony but she was glad to know that her sister was to share the happiest day of her life—no, not the happiest, for she was sure that was yet to come—but the happiest day of her life thus far.

As the sun rose and the mists began to lift, Jane stirred. She blinked and then lifted herself on one elbow, pushing her fair hair out of her eyes and smiling her slow, beautiful smile.

'You're awake early,' she said to Lizzy.

'And so are you.'

'Here.' Jane climbed out of bed and took a wrapper from its peg behind the door, then draped it over her sister's shoulders. 'You don't want to catch cold.'

Lizzy took the wrapper and put it on, then she caught her sister's hand impulsively and said, 'Only think, in a few more hours we will be married. I will be on the way to the Lake District for my wedding tour, and you will be on your way to London, to visit Bingley's relations there.'

Jane sat down on the window seat opposite Elizabeth and Elizabeth made herself smaller, to give her sister more room. Jane raised one knee and let her other leg dangle over the edge of the seat, with her foot swinging idly an inch or two from the floor. She looked absently out of the window and twirled one fair curl idly round her finger, then she turned to face her sister and she said, 'Do you wish we were going on our wedding tours together?'

'Yes,' said Lizzy. 'And no.'

Jane nodded thoughtfully.

'I will miss you, Jane, but we need some time alone with our husbands,' said Lizzy, 'especially to begin with. You will write to me, though, won't you?'

'Of course. And you will write to me?'

'Every day. Well, perhaps not every day,' said Lizzy with a sudden smile, 'and perhaps not at all just at first, but I will write often and tell you what I am doing, and you must do the same.'

They heard the sound of footsteps on the stair and they knew it was their mother, who was coming to hurry them into dressing, even though the ceremony would not begin for another three hours. They greeted her with affection, being too happy to worry about anything this morning, and listened to all her anxieties, both real and imagined. They reassured her that Kitty would not cough in the ceremony and that Mrs Long would not steal Mr Bingley for her niece at the last moment—'for I am sure she would be capable of trying,' said Mrs Bennet.

'Mr Bingley loves Jane,' said Lizzy.

Mrs Bennet smiled complacently.

'I cannot wonder at it. I knew she could not be so beautiful for nothing. Now, girls, you must come downstairs.

Breakfast is ready in the dining-room.'

Elizabeth and Jane exchanged glances. They could not face the thought of a family breakfast, with their mother fussing and Mary moralizing.

'I am not hungry,' said Elizabeth.

'Nor I,' said Jane.

Their mother protested, but they would not be persuaded and at last Mrs Bennet went downstairs, calling, 'Kitty! Kitty, my love! I want to speak to you…'

Elizabeth and Jane breathed a sigh of relief when they were left alone again.

'We should eat something, though, even if we don't really want it,' said Jane.

'I couldn't eat a thing,' said Lizzy. 'I'm too excited.'

'You should try,' said Jane, standing up and looking at her sister with affection. 'It will be a long morning and you don't want to faint in the church.'

'All right,' said Lizzy, 'for you, I'll eat something, but only if we don't have to go downstairs.'

Jane swirled her own wrapper from the peg and let it fall round her shoulders, then she drifted out of the room. Elizabeth leaned back against the window and her eyes looked towards Netherfield. She imagined Darcy rising, too, and preparing himself for the wedding.

Her thoughts were recalled by Jane, who returned with a tray of delicacies, and together the two of them managed to make a passable breakfast. They broke off small pieces of hot rolls and ate them slowly, in between sipping hot chocolate.

'What do you think it will be like?' asked Elizabeth.

'I don't know,' said Jane. 'Different.'

'You will still be here, at Netherfield,' said Elizabeth, 'but

I will be living in Derbyshire.'

'With Mr Darcy,' said Jane.

'Yes, with my beloved Darcy,' she said with a long smile.

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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Great and well written. I loved the description and the places she visited. Some scenes were exiting. finished it in half a day.
VicJA More than 1 year ago
My dearest sister Jane, Well, what a crock, as they say in 21st century America! I've had to delve a full 250 pages into Mr. Darcy Vampyre to find out what was going to happen to us. And then the plot was so rushed and jumbled that I never did received an adequate explanation of how vampyres came to be, or what exactly Mr. Darcy ate in order to survive for 150 years. Upon my honor, Jane, I am aware that men are not particularly conversant when it comes to giving out details, but I'd had no notion that Mr. Darcy suffered from a verbal disability. He could not for the life of him adequately explain his strange tale. In describing one of the most important events of his life - that of turning into a vampyre - he took all of 21 words. (STOP!: Major Spoiler Alert: "The woman turned to me, her fangs dripping red and then she was next to me and my neck was pierced"). Ms. Anne Rice took pages to describe the writhing tormenting death that humans go through to turn into vampyres, and even Ms. Stephanie Meyers hinted that the transformation was quite unpleasantly painful, but all I got from Mr. Darcy was twenty one itty bitty little words. In addition he made it sound as if turning into a vampyre was an ordinary event, with Mrs. Reynolds, the housekeeper, choosing to join the merry Pemberley vampyre band, although, to give Ms. Grange her due, my husband's face WAS shadowed as he related these events. Any discerning reader knows that Ms. Meyers can't write her way out of a paper bag, but at least with Twilight she told a rousing good tale. Ms. Meyers also gave the reader ample glimpses of Edward Cullen's mental torment and extraordinary physical skills. Ms Grange's story of my life with Mr. Darcy is, frankly, missing the otherworldly touches and sensuality that vampyre fans have come to expect as their due. (Either that or humor, which is also absent. And you know how I am renowned for my BITING wit, hah!) Her hints about my husband are so thinly scattered in 5/6th of the book that they left me feeling confused rather than threatened. To say that suspense was lacking in our tale is to state the obvious. In the instances when Ms. Grange eschewed Bram Stoker's lore, her vampyre rules seemed jerry-rigged, for they sprung up from nowhere, unsupported by a well thought-out back story. I could never quite tell (except in a few meagre scenes at the end) which super powers my husband had supposedly acquired, how ancient vampyres ruled their vampyre empire, or how conflicted Mr. Darcy felt watching those he loved grow old and die whilst he lived on forever. Never was a more sensual and sensuous vampyre created than The Vampire Lestat, and I felt that my Mr. Darcy deserved at the very least the rich, decadent and multi-layered descriptions that Anne Rice gave to her own vampire. But it was not to be. There was a lot of telling in this book, but very little showing, and scent and touch were largely missing. Ms. Grange turned Mr. Darcy into a milque toast vampyre when I frankly would have preferred someone darker. There's more but I have run out of room. For a good vampire story I recommend the products sitting below. Mr. Darcy and I are headed for England and the hallowed halls of Pemberley, for I am genuinely concerned about your last letter. Your cryptic statement informing me that our friends the Misses Dashwood were abducted by a giant octopus leaves me leaves me most anxious to use my zombie slayer warrior skills to save them. Love, Lizzie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has some exciting scenes and the writing style is good. That said, she spends an inordinate amount of time describing places in Europe that she probably traveled to and every conversation between Darcy and Elizabeth relates back to Pride and Prejudice! I kept waiting for more to happen and by the time the end occured it seemed to wrap up pretty quickly compared to the hundreds of pages I had to read to get there. If you like alternate reality for Pride and Prejudice minus the vampire angle, I really liked Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds.
kel-kel More than 1 year ago
This is another book I was unsure of when I first saw it. I didn't like the idea of one of literature's greatest heroes being turned into a vampire. Though, I must say the idea is far better than randomly throwing zombies into Jane Austen's actual work. The creator of THAT monstrosity should be ashamed of themselves. However, this book .. I must give credit where credit is due. The author took a very well known story and rewrote it to make the whole vampire thing work. Mr. Darcy definitely beats Rice's Lestat and Meyer's Edward hands down in the sexy vamp category. I definitely recommend this book to any Jane Austen fan who might be looking for something a little different than the every day P&P variation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit of a time (and money) waster: you have to trudge through about 158 (out of 215) v-e-r-y slow pages before the story becomes somewhat interesting. One hundred fifty-something pages to set up about 57 pages of story. Recommended only for DESPERATE Pride and Prejudice slash vampire fans.
Lady_Hull More than 1 year ago
After reading Grange's Mr. Darcy's Diary I thought that this would be similar, it wasn't. Just because vampires are the "thing" now doesn't mean that good writers should write about them. If you want a great book with Mr. Darcy as a vampire read Regina Jeffers book called Vampire Darcy's Desire.
PEMBERLEYGAL More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was very, very skeptical. I am a Jane Austen freak and a purist and am especially protective of Eliza and Darcy. Anyone mess with my favorite literary couple...BEWARE. I picked up this book and was extremely delighted! I think that Amanda Grange has picked up on all the wonderful mannerisms that make Eliza and Darcy who they are and who I love. In this seemingly absurd plot Amanda Grange doesn't change the way Eliza and Darcy were in P&P but only adds to their experiences and how they react to things in the book is how I picture the P&P Eliza and Darcy reacting as well. I saw the 1996 movie version with Firth and Ehle and I found myself picturing them acting out this book and visualizing them as I read - they are the quintessential Eliza and Darcy and I think Amanda Grange captures their spirits and nuances. If you had previously told me that Pride and Prejudice could be concluded with a vampire theme I would have told you that you were crazy but works. I still can't really believe it but I loved the book! I think Jane Austen with how intrigued she was with the graphic novel would have also appreciated it.
mandyrv80 More than 1 year ago
I love P & P and thought this would be an intresting spin for these characters. I didn't have a lot of expectations for the book. I went in reading the book with an open mind and I'm glad I did. You can't take the book too serious because at times it seemed a little silly. I found the ending lacking but overall a good read. I respect the author for taking such a gamble with our beloved Mr. Darcy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was REALLy disappointed in this book, especially with a topic that could have made it unique and interesting. The story dragged greatly and I felt sorry for Elizabeth and all that she had to put up with in this story. Not recommended for P&P fans or vampire fans.
Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice may be one of the most famous love stories in literature. Their uneasy courtship was wrought with misconceptions skillfully played out by Austen's acerbic wit and romantic tension. When they finally realize they are in love, their wedding seems to insure a happily-ever-after that Austen is famous for. What Elizabeth had envisioned as their carefree wedding tour in the Lake District is altered by her new husbands dour mood and abrupt change of destination. They will now travel to the Continent and visit Darcy relations in Paris, Switzerland and Italy, making the Grand Tour. As they travel Elizabeth sees a dark change come over her husband. He is preoccupied and incommunicative; not at all the man that she grew to love during their courtship in England. Moreover, Darcy's formidable relations are more than just a bit odd and events along the way are unsettling. While in Paris Darcy's cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam privately admonishes him for marrying her. On the road to Switzerland his aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh surprisingly appears expressing her displeasure at his disgraceful alliance and begging him to end it. As their carriage climbs the mountain road, the local people jump away and cross themselves as they pass. When they arrive in the Alps at his uncle Count Polidori's castle, an axe displayed above a doorway mysteriously falls missing Darcy by inches. The servants say it is a sign that Elizabeth will cause his death. Later, a fortune teller warns her to beware. "There are dangers all around you .Not all who walk on two legs are men. Not all who fly are beasts." When the castle is stormed by angry villagers, Darcy and Elizabeth flee into the mountains where they are attacked by the mob. In the confusion of the fight they are separated. Against all odds the crowd is subdued. Darcy is disheveled and unharmed except for the blood on his mouth. Elizabeth is horrified, thinking he is hurt. We, suspect otherwise. Their journey continues to Venice, and on to Rome. The descriptions of the countryside and cities are similar to a vintage travelogue. The scenes of the castle in the Alps, the fortune teller and the angry mob play gentle homage to the Gothic novels so popular in Jane Austen's time and parodied in her own novel Northanger Abbey. The difference here is this novel is not a burlesque or a spoof. It is dead serious, and that is one of its foibles. Lack of humor. No Catherine Morland in her nightgown peering into a ponderous chest. Only poor Lizzy unhappily dragged about Europe, neglected by her husband, and totally unaware that his indifference is a front to his dark secret. When did our spirited and clever Lizzy become willing to put up with such treatment? She used to taunt and tease him into submission. Now she can't seem to find him to put him in his place. Yes, he is a vampyre and he is tormented over not being able to tell his wife about his terrible curse, but there still needs to be some conversation to develop their relationship. Over three quarters of the way into the book and I was still impatiently waiting for the big reveal. Is this really a vampyre novel? Where's Darcy's coffin with a bit of Pemberley terra firma thrown in? I will attempt to forestall any reproof and readily admit that I admire Amanda Grange's courage and creativity. The novel was a bold move that unfortunately did not quite fulfill my expectations. Laurel Ann, Austenprose
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was boring and did not have a lot of good vampire elements in it..i do not recommend. Mr. Darcys diary was good..this was not. The concept sounded great..but the book failed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anything with vampire in title was like lincons dcctors dog a seller i will wait for freebiefriday
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Was an ok read. Not alot of excitement.
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It is not as good as others I have read but not as bad as others. Some of parts were good but it was not as developed as I would have liked. Little more on characters and less on scenery.
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The story did not have any plot twists to grab the readers attention. It is the authors version of a vampire sequel to a great classic. It seems more like trying to cash in on the vampire craze at the moment. Has potential but didn't deliver.
kayjones18 More than 1 year ago
Well written and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It took awhile for the plot to develop but once it did it was well worth the wait. I can't wait to read her other books!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found the story to be simple and plot development lacking. The book did not stay true to Elizabeth's or Mr. Darcy's personalities from Pride & Prejudice. If you are a Jane Austin fan like me, you will not likely be a fan of this book.