Release Date: 06/06/13
Publisher: Arrow Books
When Joseph Barkeley receives a call enlisting his services to authenticate the original draft of Bram Stoker's Dracula, he is intrigued. Ignoring the warnings from friends and family, he agrees to return to his childhood home of Romania. And hand-deliver the manuscript to a mysterious buyer. Once there Joseph discovers a truth more terrifying than he could ever have imagined. One that threatens to reignite a centuries-old family feud and bring down mankind with it. And Stoker's manuscript holds the key to ending this fatal conflict once and for all.
There’s always a danger when a book delves into what many see as a classic that it will either ruin the original or just be seen as a story that is designed to cash in on the fame of what has gone before. What this title by Royce does is take the mythos behind the script of Stokers classic and build upon the lore pertaining to the Lords of the Undead. It’s creepy, it has a real feeling of authenticity and for me, was a story that I absolutely loved as I devoured the pages to see what would happen next.
Add to this a principle character that the readers will enjoy spending time with as well as a wonderfully dark and evocative description of the landscape and all round as a reader I was more than immersed until the final page turned. Great stuff.