Review ~ The Tale Of The Vampire Bride by Rhiannon Frater

Posted June 28, 2012 in Review / 7 Comments

The Tale Of The Vampire Bride (Vampire Bride Series)
By Rhiannon Frater
Published December 7th, 2009
Library of Horror Press
Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
5 out of 5

From Goodreads:  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.

If you like your vampires classically wicked, nasty and powerful, you’ll love this nightmare of a tale from Rhiannon Frater!
Frater has become known as of late for her zombie trilogy, As The World Dies, and the hugely popular The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel.  But before zombies, I think she loved her vampires a bit more.  Case in point, the classic and sophisticated nightmare-ish tale of The Vampire Bride.
Told in the first person through diary entries, Lady Glynis Wright is a nineteen year old English aristocrat whose parents are bound and determined to marry her off despite her protests.  Glynis refuses to play nice while meeting potential suitors.  On a last ditch effort to find her a husband, the family heads to Hungary to meet Count Vlad Dracula.  Dracula, a name of prestige and wealth in society, soon becomes the true meaning of evil to Glynis.

I had been hearing about author Rhiannon Frater all over the blogs and how terrific her books were.  Not having read a lot of zombie books, I decided to start with her Vampire Bride series, a genre I know and love.  I started reading urban fantasy with Anita Blake so my first love is Jean-Claude and I will always love him most.  He might have some competition, though.  We’ll have to see…

I absolutely loved getting into this vampire tale fraught with evil, true love and ultimately tortured souls that had me feeling empathy for the bad guy at moments.  Truly, sometimes even I wasn’t sure who the bad guys were.  Ms. Frater convincingly had my emotions shredded back and forth consistently throughout the entire length of the book.  If the rest of the book sucked, I would have given this book 5 hearts on the ending alone!

The pace of the book was timed perfectly.  There were absolutely no lulls in the story where I felt comfortable putting the book down.  And I connected with each and every character, even peripheral characters whose motivations I quickly understood even as briefly as they were “on the scene”.

Ms. Frater doesn’t hold anything back in the horror, torture and evil departments.  This is NOT a light, breezy read.  I think I like that most about the story.  There is no dancing around the subject here!  Hold on!

It IS a great, classic vampire tale for the mature audience; for those of us who can appreciate a dark tale of despair, love and hope.  I think all vampire fans MUST read this book, if not for the sheer pleasure of reading a good book, but to read an example of what a classic vampire, in my opinion, truly is in literature.

Other books in the series:
Great news!  Ms. Frater has told me there will be at least six books in the Vampire Bride series with the next one in the series hopefully coming out next year, depending on her schedule.  With Glynis being a favorite character of Ms. Frater’s, I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long before we see more of her!!

 

Other reviews (because I can’t just do this one the justice it deserves!):

Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews and Goodies
The Bookish Brunette
Bitten by Books
Xpresso Reads (on Goodreads)

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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7 responses to “Review ~ The Tale Of The Vampire Bride by Rhiannon Frater

  1. This author is so on my list, I plan on reading her First Days series the last week of July for my own little #Fraterfesrt, after reading your review of this dark and evil vampire book I am adding this too my Frater pile! I love that the book kept your attention and had no lulls. Awesome review cupcake!

  2. I’m glad you liked it – I have got to this one yet. You HAVE to read Pretty When She Dies, though! I guarantee you’ll love it. I love the gritty feel Rhiannon’s books have. Great review, Kristin!

  3. Great review, hun! My emotions were all over the place with this one too, especially the beginning! OMG was it intense! Rhiannon really knows how to write gripping, intense books!