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Dracula the undead
Warrington, Freda
Adult Fiction WARRING

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Warrington's so-so sequel to Bram Stoker's classic has the misfortune to follow on the heels of a superior sequel with a nearly identical title, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt's Dracula: The Un-Dead (Reviews, Aug. 24). Seven years after Van Helsing and the rest of the vampire hunters ended Dracula's existence, the survivors return to Transylvania to perform a Christian cleansing ritual and to reassure themselves the evil is truly destroyed. No one will be surprised when their journey ends up triggering the monster's resurrection. Once again, the count threatens the body and soul of Mina Harker, whom he pursued in Stoker's Dracula. Amid less than compelling variations on the original plot, Warrington (Elfland) throws in a subplot about the search undertaken by a professor friend of Van Helsing's for an academy run by the devil, whose students included Dracula, but its resolution will satisfy few. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Seven years after ending Dracula's reign of terror, Jonathan and Mina Harker join Van Helsing as they revisit Transylvania, little realizing that their presence triggers a resurgence of that former nightmarish time, one that threatens them upon their return to England. Using an epistolary style reminiscent of Bram Stoker, the author creates a believable continuation of the struggle between the Harkers and their ancient enemy. VERDICT Warrington's (The Dark Blood of Poppies) sequel to Stoker's original novel revitalizes the classic tale of Count Dracula. Vampire fans who enjoyed Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt's own sequel, Dracula The-Undead, may want to read this for comparison. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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