Lowell claims a wealthy investor wants to fund their research into the mysterious corpse. On their heels is Father Uffizi, seemingly the Vatican 's official vampire hunter. He has been given the task of not only killing Dracula, but granting him absolution as the Church realizes that Dracula is in fact Judas Iscariot , which would allow the vampire to rest in peace. Unbeknownst to the Church, Uffizi has been infected with vampirism after being scratched by a fang during in a previous hunt. Each day he exposes himself to the sun, burning out the vampiric infection while he screams in pain.
Luke doubts that Dracula is a purely natural phenomenon. He surrounds the now-awake vampire with folkloric wards like mustard seeds and knots. Another member of the team injects himself with Dracula's blood and becomes a vampire, setting out to feed. He kills a woman, making her undead like himself. Uffizi finds and kills them both.
Lowell reveals that there is no "secret investor" and that he used Elizabeth and the others to find a cure for himself. An injection "cures" him, but he survives mere moments before Uffizi arrives. Uffizi tells Elizabeth, now on the verge of becoming a vampire herself, to enter the sunlight and burn away her vampirism. Eric, a member of the team turned by Dracula, attacks the group but is killed with holy water by Luke.
Uffizi goes after a now-free Dracula, telling Luke will make a great vampire hunter someday. Uffizi catches up with Dracula, who taunts him with the knowledge that Elizabeth will simply die and Uffizi knows it. In his weakened state, Dracula is not quite a match physically for Uffizi. The priest manages to get a whip around Dracula's neck and begins the rite of absolution. Dracula then taunts Uffizi with images of Christ's betrayal and crucifixion , and insinuates that he turned Christ into a vampire.
Elizabeth, now a vampire, attacks and wounds Uffizi. She leaves with Dracula, who lets Uffizi live because he knows he will follow and eventually find him. The author is currently contracted for a sixth book. Dracula has married the widowed Queen Victoria , and rules as Prince Consort. A virtual checklist of fictional vampires have come out of hiding and gained new social status. But all is not going smoothly for the new regime: Jack the Ripper stalks Whitechapel , murdering vampire prostitutes. Charles Beauregard, a non-vampire agent of the Diogenes Club, is sent to track the murderer down, and finds himself enmeshed in a plot to free England from Dracula's rule.
Unusually for the series, several of the borrowed characters in Anno Dracula have no links to the period. To give just two examples: Newman has said that if he had realised he would get so many sequels out of the premise, he would have saved Kolchak up for a story set in the character's native s. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy classifies Anno Dracula as " recursive fantasy ", and further describes the work as not "strictly steampunk , but echoing in gaslight romance terms steampunk's dense reworking of a 19th century London.
Set during World War I. The Graf von Dracula, after being expelled from the United Kingdom in , spread his brand of unstable vampirism and with it raging lycanthropy throughout the Russian Imperial Family. He now leads Germany and the Central Powers against the Entente, with vampires—now a part of everyday life—fighting and dying on both sides.
The Red Baron of the title is the historical ace fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen , who in this altered history leads a squadron of monstrous flying vampires. Every vampire who is anybody is flocking to Rome for Dracula's wedding, but there is a mysterious vampire killer on the loose.
Events are complicated by the arrival of a British secret agent called Bond but not James Bond , on the trail of a Russian spymaster who never goes anywhere without his cat. The films of Federico Fellini are an influence on the setting and atmosphere, and several of his characters appear in the novel. Set in the s, Johnny Alucard tells the tale of the titular vampire in America. The novel is a collection of reworked short stories and novellas written and published by Newman in a variety of ways in between and , with some new material.
It includes references to Taxi Driver , Ms. Publication of Johnny Alucard was extensively delayed,  until its eventual release in September It is a variation of Apocalypse Now , complete with all the famous quotes and mishaps during filming, albeit in Romania instead of the Philippines.
The film crew is befriended by a young-looking vampire, who leaves with them when they return to America. The story's first-person narrator, a private investigator, investigates the death of his ex-wife, found at the bottom of her swimming pool with an iron spike driven through her forehead, and the disappearance of her daughter, last seen falling in with a crowd of vampire cultists. The private investigator, though not named in the story, is clearly Raymond Chandler 's Philip Marlowe , and his ex-wife is the recurring character Linda Loring, whom Marlowe married in Chandler's unfinished final novel Poodle Springs —after initially rejecting the idea because he knew it would not last.
Johnny Pop, the young-looking vampire who came to America with Coppola's film crew, finds his place in his new homeland, on his way to becoming the next Dracula. He becomes rich creating a drug ring that sells "drac", derived from vampire blood and socially successful befriending many luminaries, including Andy Warhol , but risks losing it all when the many enemies he makes along the way join forces against him.
The Romanian Embassy in London has been taken over by "freedom fighters" who want Transylvania to become a homeland for the undead. The equivalent event in our history involved the Iranian embassy: Orson Welles receives funding from a mysterious source to film the ultimate version of Dracula , and hires a private detective to find out why.
The title combines those of two of Welles' movies: Chimes at Midnight and The Other Side of the Wind , the latter of which was left uncompleted at Welles' death in Welles also appeared as a minor character in Dracula Cha Cha Cha. A collection of short stories the last of which is set in the Anno Dracula universe.
It was published on the 1st of February The events in the final story of the collection are repeated in the novel One Thousand Monsters. The fifth instalment in the series, set in Toyko. A ship of vampires, led by Genevieve Dieudonne, Captain Kostaki, Sergeant Dravot and Princess Christina Light, are exiled from England, seek refuge in Japan, and are trapped in Yokai Town, a ghetto where Tokyo's vampires are kept out of sight and out of mind. But to go back to the storyline, I especially enjoyed and appreciated the Romanian culture, history and folklore incorporated.
No wonder I love fantasy; I come from a place with a past most peculiar. While I was eager for Audrey to undercover the identity of the murderer, I took pleasure in the journey. The ending lasts only a couple of pages, but the journey lasts a couple of hundreds of pages. I feel as though I understand Audrey and Thomas much, much better after today. View all 5 comments.
Apr 17, Candace Robinson rated it it was amazing. I still liked book one more, but this was a fun ride! The question is, is the killer an immortal or someone pretending to be. My favorite character is Thomas! Love him and his personality!
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There were some pretty interesting and grotesque stuff that was awesome! Some of the book lagged in the middle, and when Audrey got mad at Thomas, it was ridiculous for the reasons. There was a twist that I was not expecting. I can't wait for book 3! Full review on my blog https: I chanted all throughout this slow paced book that I was here for Thomas Cresswell and it worked because by the time I reached chapter 38, I couldn't put it down. Hunting Prince Dracula is a lot more complicated in its mystery aspect and there was just so much going on in the forensics institute that both leads were in.
I couldn't accurately predict the killer but I'm so glad how it turned out in the end. Of course, just like in Stalking Jack the Ripper , there were lots of healthy bickering betw I chanted all throughout this slow paced book that I was here for Thomas Cresswell and it worked because by the time I reached chapter 38, I couldn't put it down. Of course, just like in Stalking Jack the Ripper , there were lots of healthy bickering between Audrey and Thomas which kept the story alive and will make you want to root for them even more in this book.
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View all 10 comments. If Nancy Drew and National Treasure had a book baby it would probably this book just add gory murders. If I had some issues with Stalking Jack the Ripper, this book managed to wipe all of it. It was phenomenally awesome!!! The suspense, mystery, horror, adventure, and romance was superb! In the first book I had a problem with the identity of the culprit because it was too obvious, but with this book?
My brain totally failed to guess the culprit. It was that surprising and go 5 freaking stars!!! It was that surprising and good. The setting was more exciting because I love everything about Transylvania. This place is rarely featured in books and even movies, which made me more thrilled and happy to read this book. I still love Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell in this book.
Audrey was somewhat different from the girl she was on the first book. She experiences extreme sadness because what happened in the first book. There is no doubt that Thomas Cresswell managed to wipe me off my feet.
I really wish this dude is a real person so I can make him mine. I love him so much. I love how smart, observant, brilliant, charming, flirty, and absolutely adorable he is. I'm glad how the sexual frustration was solved in this book. I can't wait to read Escaping from Houdini!
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View all 9 comments. Jan 03, ambsreads rated it it was amazing Shelves: All thoughts are my own, however. Is that too far? She just seems like an incredible person and I am absolutely in love her writing. Hunting Prince Dracula met every expectation I had and more. Maniscalco manages to weave a haunting and mysterious tale that incorporates romances between incredible characters. She puts her twist on historical fiction and she does it well. We still have the feminism in place for our main character, and even more feminist characters are introduced throughout the novel. However, the events of the first book are weighing down on our main character.
The mental health incorporations are seamlessly introduced and, in my belief, treated with care as they should. This book features a diverse cast and is one of the only historical fiction novels I can find myself sitting through without getting mad about the treatment of women. Audrey Rose and Thomas are incredible and the overall cast of characters is beyond interesting.
Not a single event in this book can be viewed as filler and it is my belief that this book in no way suffers from second book syndrome. Our main characters are looking at becoming forensic scientists I believe? They basically cut open dead bodies and are now travelling all the way to Romania to further their studies. However, wherever our main characters go mystery follows, it seems, and soon the pair is caught up in the strange murders that are plaguing the village near them. Villagers are going missing and the legend of Dracula is returning.
While all this is happening, Audrey Rose is struggling to come to turns with what happened in London a few weeks prior to her attending this school. The idea of another killer on the loose sends her into a spiral of fear. It was interesting to see her reactions to certain events, how she had to do her best to remain unflinching in order to be seen as an equal to her peers.
The mystery is beautifully woven in a way that you are second guessing everyone. I worked out it was pretty early in the book but I was second guessing myself the whole way until the reveal. I could barely keep my draw my dropping. I was also grinning giddily in public at other parts. She is an icon. I have gone through some events in my life that have lead to me being slightly untrusting and cautious of new people.
However, in some ways, Audrey Rose has gone through more traumatic scenarios and still fights for her rights in a man dominated world. Throughout this book we witness her discovering herself more. Can I say that? Well, I just did. I just absolutely adored seeing how she dealt with situations and viewing her struggles with her mental health. It was absurd, in some ways, to see struggles I face on a day to day basis reflected in another character. Whenever there is PTSD in a book I immediately have so much love and appreciation due to my own struggles.
And, let me tell you, it was like Maniscalco had gone into my head and plucked thoughts and feelings to put in text. I just have no words to describe how reading a character so like me felt. He is everything I want in a man. I may need to change degrees and learn how to create humans I have no idea on science, clearly so I can form my own Thomas Cresswell for myself. On a more professional note big joke there, when are my reviews ever professional? Thomas is an incredibly complex character.
The way he develops and grows in this series. His charm, his sarcasm, his adoration for Audrey Rose. It is all so completely swoon-worthy. The fact he is merely there to be her sidekick rather than the focal point. He is okay taking the backseat and letting her drive which is a dream.
Thomas was a tad absent this book due to mistakes he made and were dealt with amazingly, but I could still feel his presence as we learnt more about his past and how he was connected to Romania. She has delivered another incredible story that leaves you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
She has delivered a story with a full cast of characters that will instantly become some of your favourites. She has delivered a masterpiece, in my opinion, that has immediately shot to my favourite 3 books of this year maybe ever. And, if you have time, you need to pick up this series. This book just screams gloomy-enchantment. Audrey Rose and Cresswell are off to study the dead at a once-castle in Romania. But from the moment they got on the train, there is a trail of murders for them to solve already.
No matter where these two go, there is always a mystery to solve. The worst part about this whole murder-thing is that they all l WrensReads Review: The worst part about this whole murder-thing is that they all look like vampires did them. Heck, the castle is even infested with bats to put the cherry on the cake. So could the supernatural make an appearance in this lovely gory series?
The characters are by far the best points of this series. The author really does show that in a light that is realistic. His wit is sharp but his understanding is lacking. You also get to learn more about his past and where he came from. This whole story is just so thought out and well written. It is just a poem and weaves so well together. You get the chills down your spin from the eerie atmosphere and the gore that is so beautifully worded.
View all 4 comments. Oct 20, Rachel E. Carter rated it it was amazing Shelves: And a total teaser for the next book, I can't wait. Oct 13, Hailey HaileyinBookland rated it really liked it Shelves: The Short Actual rating: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco obviously as this is the sequel , And I Darken by Kiersten White I haven't finished this one but it reminded me a bit of what I have read of it, mostly due to the setting Writing: I listened to the audiobook for this one, which is what I did with the first book, and it was The Short Actual rating: I listened to the audiobook for this one, which is what I did with the first book, and it was a great decision.
The audiobooks are awesome, I highly recommend them. The romance is this book was excellent. I've become very low tolerance in terms of romance in YA and its tendency to highlight very unhealthy relationships possessive language, particularly. Before I read the first book, I expected to see a relationship I would hate, but I was pleasantly surprised to find quite the opposite.
In this sequel, the relationship is really unpacked. Audrey Rose's position as a proper Victorian girl is brought even further into the spotlight as she and Thomas try to find a balance in their relationship. I loved that the power balance and her autonomy became a central focus of the book. It showed how a real relationship should work, IMO. But I love him. She's super headstrong and driven and you see her developing even more into the precious scholar that she is in this sequel. Watching her learn and grow as this series goes on is an absolute pleasure.
She is such a great heroine. The author writes the story in a way that gives you a true sense of how her mind works, with its tendency to favour logic and analysis very left brained. It felt like I was watching the gears turn on a well oiled machine watching her to try and piece together the mystery. She's also a very authentic character. She went through a lot in the first book and you don't see her just brushing that aside. She has to work through her newfound fears in order to do what she loves again.
The setting in this book is where it stood out against SJTR. I love castles and boy did this book ever have beautiful castles and just an overall enchanting setting. It was described wonderfully and it just felt like you were in a fairy tale. The mystery in this was jam packed with twists and turns and I loved how it pulled from the tale of Dracula.
I've yet to read Bram Stoker's Dracula I'm hoping to before the end of the month , but I am familiar with the legend, as I feel most are. It was a delightfully spooky Halloween read with this looming question of the supernatural hanging over the whole book. Overall, this series is excellent.
Fantastically written the descriptions are ON POINT , you follow characters that steal your heart terrible joke if you've read the first one as they trapeze around eerie locales trying to solve murder mysteries. If you're looking for the perfect Halloween read, look no further than this series! I'm so sad I have to wait a whole year for the next book. All opinions expressed are my own, as per usual. First things first, whoever said listening to audiobooks doesn't count as reading can go fly a kite, as well as a slew of other obscenities that I'll refrain from saying.
People who listen to audiobooks inspire me because I am floored by their attention spans please teach me your ways for future books BUT I am happy to announce that I listened to my first audiobook and it was so much fun! The audiobook was fantastic and the First things first, whoever said listening to audiobooks doesn't count as reading can go fly a kite, as well as a slew of other obscenities that I'll refrain from saying. The audiobook was fantastic and the narrator brought so much life to all of the characters so if you have not read this book or this series I would HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobooks when doing so.
The story starts out with Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell on their way to Romania to study at an elite forensic medicine school. Can I just say? It's so nice to see, especially in a sequel murder mystery novel, that the MC is struggling to cope with events in the book prior. Everyone is usually so cold and detached that all of the traumatic events they went through are usually not mentioned again in the next book.
But not in Audrey Rose's case and I really loved that, it made her imperfectly perfect. I'm just saying, I probably would not want to mess with someone who slices people open to study their organs for enjoyment all while wearing a corset and a fancy dress. That's a bad bitch right there.
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Once Audrey Rose and Thomas are settled in to the castle, the murders begin and the victims start dropping like flies. All staged in a way that would make it seem as though Vlad the Impaler is the one behind the murders. Now the best part about these books, to me at least, is not the discovery of the bodies, it's the autopsies performed once the bodies are found.
Which was amazing because I wasn't into Thomas in the last book, but not anymore! I am smitten by the man that is Thomas Cresswell. The two of them are the perfect duo for solving murders together. I mean seriously, there are not many people who could be stuck in a room with a thousand tarantulas and still make me laugh. Which also again ties back to the narrator being so awesome Plus, Thomas is such a gentleman. UGH, I just can't wait for them in the next book! I will admit I did figure out who the killer was before the end just like I did in the first book but I was totally fine with it.
I mean that bathtub part was unreal. For me, like I mentioned before its no so much the murderer in this story that intrigues me its the studying of the bodies once they're dead so no complaints here! All in all, I'm so happy I picked this series back up. Again, I would totally recommend the audiobooks when going into this series because the narrator was absolutely amazing. I am only giving this book 3 stars because of Thomas Cresswell.
The book actually deserves a lower rating. I can't believe how disappointed I am. I will begin with the plot, which I absolutely did not give a shit about. Comparing this plot to that of Stalking Jack the Ripper? This one fell horribly flat. It was so mind-numbingly boring and dull. I literally didn't even try guessing the murderer, I just did not care who it would be. I wasn't invested one bit. I started this book incredibly excite I am only giving this book 3 stars because of Thomas Cresswell.
I started this book incredibly excited; I've been waiting to read it ever since I finished Stalking Jack the Ripper. First because, obviously, Thomas Cresswell and second because everyone says this one is much better than the first. I enjoyed the first one way way more. BUT of course, I'm excited about the upcoming book because I still love the series overall.
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Where do I begin? Ugh, I love him so damn much ajhsdajsh. He is so worth it I promise. I admit there was one scene where I got so very angry at him. I was actually very shocked at the scene. But I love him too much to stay angry at him for more than 3 pages so yeah. I also did like how Maniscalco presented the themes, specifically PTSD and feminism, but I won't go into details because honestly I don't have much to say about it besides that I liked how they were presented and shown!
Additionally, Audrey Rose is a fantastic MC. She's flawed and strong and resilient. She refuses to be undermined and belittled and knows her worth. I absolutely love her. Part of why I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper was the slow-burn nature of their relationship and their continuous banter. We see that in this book, but I did not enjoy it. I just did not overly enjoy their ship as much as I did in Stalking Jack the Ripper. I mean I get why Maniscalco opted for that.