Vampire Bride #1
Published December 2009 by Library of Horror Press
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Genre: Adult Horror
Series: 1. The Tale of the Vampire Bride* 2. The Vengence of the Vampire Bride
Rating: LOVED IT
All Lady Glynis Wright ever wanted was the freedom to live her life as she pleased. Unfortunately, her aristocratic parents want her to marry well and settle into a life of luxury.
When her family becomes guests to one of the most fearsome and powerful vampires of all time, Glynis finds her fate is far more terrible than an arranged marriage. Trapped in the power of her new master, she fights for freedom, revenge against her creator, and the chance to be with the one she truly loves.
Bloody, horrific, romantic and rich in gothic atmosphere, The Tale of the Vampire Bride is sure to thrill fans of the terrible, yet romantic vampires of literary past. (Source: Goodreads)
You know how I love read-alongs. Well I’m even more grateful for them, because one of them introduced me the dark greatness that is Rhiannon Frater. My first contact with her work was a read-along Pretty When She Dies. She lured me in with her tragic situations and feisty characters. It didn’t take any arm twisting to get me to devour her zombie series, As the World Dies. Another WIN! So I patiently waited for the perfect time to read The Tale of the Vampire Bride…HALLOWEEN. (Really it sat on my Nook and glared at me.) It is even more tragic and Glynis and Vlad refused to be ignored.
I really wasn’t prepared for the horror that Glynis was going to experience. She is trapped in the Victorian choke-hold. She must suitably be married off…blaa, blaa, blaa. She bucks all attempts by her parents to make her comply, especially those that don’t suit her at all. This leads her to some far off castle and Prince Vlad. When she denies Vlad, her worst nightmares come true. The nightmare rains down on her over and over again. I almost got torture-fatigue. I even questioned whether I was enjoying the book at this point. I was totally getting it. Life sucked big time for Glynis. She wished she was dead. She had a restricted Victorian life ripped away and replaced with an harem abusive vampire existence. There was half the book to go and I couldn’t stay in her dungeon through more of the same.
Then they take unexpected trip to Buda, here things get really interesting. She was always strong, but she starts to understand her vampire power. She is able to enjoy a measure of freedom and love. She experiences love for the first time in the hands of an unknown vampire. Buda is about change and Vlad has changed too. He tries his hardest to turn his passion for cruel into something that could win over Glynis’ heart. It was a beautiful and fulfilling thing to watch Glynis change from the victim that refused to be broken to the master of her own fate. But the process of the quest for power and love and the balance wrenched my heart and at times I really didn’t know which path I wanted her to take.
It was so worth and necessary to experience the cruel acts of Vlad and his reign to fully basque in character development and richness of that process.
It is both haunting and beautiful. A strong woman that refuses to be broken can eventually direct her own fate.