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REVIEW “Dracula the Undead” (1997, book)

dracula the undead    Author: Freda Warrington

Attention, do not mistake this book with the terrible “Dracula the Un-Dead” (2009) by Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grand-nephew.

It has been 7 years since Dracula was destroyed by our band of heroes. Mina and Jonhatan Harker, now have a young a son, but their lives are far from perfect. Mina hasn’t aged, for her blood was contaminated with Dracula’s, and the couple is still haunted by the memories of the infamous Count. To lay their memories to rest, they return to the Castle, finding no trace of the demons returning. Everything seems peaceful, but not for long. Dracula’s soul waits patiently in limbo, waiting the perfect time to crawl out.

Freda Warrington trys her best to mimic Bram Stoker writing and the original structure (the story its told trough a series of journals and letters). Themes as female sexuality, good vs evil or immortality, also returns as all the survivors of the first book.

This new story it’s beautifully written, capturing the romantic and gothic spirit of the victorian era. The plot at times seems to far stretched, with theories that Minas child is related to Dracula, since they share the same blood, and we are presented to the legendary “Scholomance”, the place where Dracula learned the ways of immortality. There are also some changes to the original characters, Dracula seems far to romantic this time around, and we get a weaker and less convincing Van Helsing.

Dracula the Undead it’s a rich sequel, the best out there. With great pacing and a creative plot. Fans of the original book won’t be disappointed, though there are some lose ends that would be better left on obscurity.

This is the closest you will get to a true and solid sequel to the untouchable Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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