Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany

Book Details
Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
Paperback, 304 Pages
2010, Avon A
ISBN: 0061958301

Jane Austen
Novelist . . . gentlewoman . . . Damned, Fanged, and Dangerous to know.
Aspiring writer Jane Austen knows that respectable young ladies like herself are supposed to shun the Damned—the beautiful, fashionable, exquisitely seductive vampires who are all the rage in Georgian England in 1797. So when an innocent (she believes) flirtation results in her being turned—by an absolute cad of a bloodsucker—she acquiesces to her family’s wishes and departs for Bath to take the waters, the only known cure.

But what she encounters there is completely unexpected: perilous jealousies and further betrayals, a new friendship and a possible love. Yet all that must be put aside when the warring French invade unsuspecting Bath—and the streets run red with good English blood. Suddenly only the staunchly British Damned can defend the nation they love . . . with Jane Austen leading the charge at the battle’s forefront.

I loved Jane and the Damned. I've never been much interested in Jane Austen's personal life, but Jane Austen as a vampire was one of the most enthralling things I've read.

Jane is turned into a vampire and promptly abandoned by her maker. Her father, a minister, is sure that she must take the life-threatening cure as it is the only chance to save her immortal soul. Strong-willed, apparently rather patriot Jane has other ideas. She would rather use her new abilities to fight the invading French.

Jane and the Damned strays a bit from usual vampire rules, but still remains in the realm of believability. One of my favorite rules tweaks is a great twist on the role of a maker or sire.

Jane and the Damned contains some love, some death, and lots of action. It was very entertaining and reads like one of the best fictional biographies ever. It's a twisty historical paranormal that'll leave you longing for more of Jane and more vampire escapades in this time period. Very, very well done.


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