Dracula Rekindled combines the past and present in an enthralling sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Drawing on events and characters from the original text while adding a new modern cast of characters, Dracula Rekindled interweaves the events from seven years after the defeat of Dracula and the events that are occurring in 2011-2012. Keeping in fashion with the original, the story is told is a series of letter and diary entries from Abraham van Helsing and his family members in the past and social media posts, text messages, and diary entries from the present cast of characters.
While the story is told from multiple viewpoints and may be a bit confusing to some, it’s leading up to the return of Dracula which happens in Scotland where our modern day characters, Lucy and John, live.
The book opens with a journal entry from the past, which has a similar feel to the writing of Stoker’s. Although when the writing switches to the present day, I felt as though the connection to the original writing dissolved and with it fled the connection to the characters. I think if the social media aspect of the book would have been left out, I would have connected with the book a little more, however I did not let that distract me from finishing the book.
When all is said and done, Dracula Rekindled has the ability to connect with a new era of readers. Not quite in same the gothic vein of the original, Dracula Rekindled is more of a thriller with a bit of horror and gore.
Overall, I was pleased by this adaptation. It kept me reading until the very last page, but it did not thrill me like the original.
'Not until he cannot lose will he make his move! His preparation will be slow and thorough. Never again will he meet defeat by the same ends...'
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