Publisher: December 7th 2009 by Library of Horror Press
ISBN:1449560822 (ISBN13: 9781449560829) Language: English Genre: GothicHorror, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Adult, R-rating Review Copy: e-book purchase from Amazon $2.99
All Lady Glynis Wright ever wanted was the freedom to live her life as she pleased. 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. The Tale of the Vampire Bride is sure to thrill fans of the terrible, yet romantic vampires of literary past.
Review: Gothic Horror at it's best, Amazing!
Miss Frater works magic with her writing, and storytelling ability. Seriously, she can make you hate the worse character with bile rising within' your mouth, wanting to tear into the book and strangle the monster within the pages, to actually feeling a tender spot for this unmerciful character.
Lady Glynis Wright a young lady who has reached the age of marriage is a strong, outspoken, feisty, character. It's the 1800's, and her parents decide it is time for her to finally marry. So they set out to visit a suitor, whom will bring Lady Glynis and her family prestige within society, wealth, and luxury. Count Vlad Dracula invites her family to be guest in his home. A home filled with eeriness and darkness. After visiting for some time the family decides there is too much strangeness, within the Castle walls, and with the Count himself. They decide to leave, and for Glynis not to marry the Count. Of course, that is when things turn for the worse and secrets of whom the Count truly is are unveiled. I don't want to spoil the rest of this part of the story because it is graphic, horror filled, and not for the faint of heart. But, it is a very powerfully written piece, and emotionally charged.
Vlad Dracula a name of history, horror and is not the sparkly vamp of today, to say the least. He is vile, cruel, and vicious. An impaler whom lives up to his namesake. He unleashes his full fury on Lady Glynis and her family, and will take Glynis as his bride forcefully and inscrutably. Glynis must now live a tormented life of utter loss and contempt. She must follow the rule of Vlad as his bride. She is not alone at being a bride of Vlad's he has four others, one of which is condemned to a life of torture, because she did not obey Vlad, something Glynis has a very difficult time with doing, as she does not enjoy being submissive. The other brides adore Vlad as their master and do everything in their power to satisfy his desires and needs. As they try to teach Glynis the ways of their master, Glynis, being a strong, outspoken, character is defiant and desires nothing more than to be freed from her captor.
Time goes on and Lady Glynis slowly learns to be submissive, but not because she breaks down, no, she is only plotting ways to rid herself of her husband and the prison of his castle, forever.
Count Vlad, always plotting in his ways wants to become an aristocrat in the English society. Of course he has devised a plan, and it will involve his bride Lady Glynis. He takes her with him as his bride and forsakes the other brides, leaving them behind.
This is the part of the story that becomes even more intriguing and I found myself tearing thru the pages, enjoying the life that they will need to build as a farce to society and wondering how Glynis will escape from Vlad's torments. I won't spoil the rest for you. I will just say that it is an exciting, thrilling, warped story all at the same time. I fell in love with this story and the author's writing style.
This book is written as a journal of Lady Glynis pov, and as well as a few other characters. Not being a fan of horror, or books with historical elements, I must say I am now, thanks to Miss Frater. I will most definitely read all of her books, and will be reading the second book in the continuing series The Vengeance of the Vampire Bride. I must also pay credit to a fellow blogger for introducing me to Rhiannon's work, Giselle, of Xpresso Reads raved about Rhiannon's other books, as well as this one. Her recommendations built upon my curiosity and had me jump into this pool of awesomeness. 5/5 Stars! Highly recommend! Must Read 2012
~"Only one man truly knows you. Only one has seen all that you are capable of and truly knows your heart. He alone fully sees that you are formidable and clever. But he does not realize that you will destroy him.”
~"There is no solace in this place. I struggle to find it, but it eludes me.“He loves you. He will do all he can to be with you and keep you at his side. But you weaken him and you are more dangerous than any weapon ever raised against him.”
~"I felt the presence of the night all about me: a living, breathing entity, whispering soft words against my flesh. I had never before felt the silken touch of the night caress me as I did now. It was a frightening, yet exhilarating experience. It was as if the night itself were attempting to seduce me."