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The Tale of the Vampire Bride Paperback – December 7, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Vampire Bride Series

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"Violence, sensuality, tense conflict and intense drama roll at full speed against the backdrop of romantic Old Europe... Frater's novel has managed to be almost everything to every vampire fan, a feat not easily pulled off." --Dark Markets

"I really enjoyed this unique take on Count Dracula. The characters were very well written and easily believable in their environments. I was pulled into this story and didn't want to stop reading." --Bitten by Books

It's a beautiful, poetic, frightening story which showcases all the things I love about vampires: their beauty, their powers, their weaknesses. --Nicole Hadaway, author of Release

 "It was a book filled with twists and turns, and the narrative totally sucked me into Glynis's world." --Linda's Extraordinary Book Blog

"...this book is a dark, delicious treat of traditional Gothic horror that showcases everything that vampires should be~ cruel, violent, selfish, mysterious, powerful, arrogant, mesmerizing, and decadent...with just a hint of romance." - Vamp Chix Blog

About the Author

Rhiannon Frater works and lives in Austin, Texas. She became an Independent Author at the urging of her husband. She loves reading, movies, gaming, and hanging out with friends and family when she's not tapping away at her computer on her latest story. She also loves hearing from her fans and tries to respond to everyone who emails her. She is the author of the As The World Dies Zombie Trilogy and the modern day vampire novel, Pretty When She Dies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449560822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449560829
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

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I have been a huge vampire fan even before Anne Rice thought about her clan. I have probably read more vampire books than any other genre. Before I go forward, you need to know that I did read Twilight, hated it, and refuse to read any of the others (so if you like that series, pass on by). All of that said, I feel that this is the most exciting vampire book since the early Lestat books (the first two). The author's style is similar to Anne Rice's early works in that she really transports you to another time that is so rich in detail you feel like you are actually there. She also is able to take potentially stale Dracula characters and breath more life into them then even Bram Stoker did. While I enjoyed Dracula the Undead, now that I have read this I realize how lame that "offical" sequel was. I have never written a review for Amazon but feel compelled to get the word out on this one. Just Buy it.
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If you like darker books with blood and family members being killed off, than you will love this book. If you like vampires to be dangerous, sexy but for the most part harmless than look somewhere else. This is a take on the classic Dracula tale with some new characters. Having read the original, I can definitly see some of the same things being repeated with some unique twists. I liked and disliked the heroine at various different times, but I think that makes her seem more real. When she was human, she got on my nerves. When she became a vampire, I actually liked her better. So many times in novels the heroine falls in love with an a-hole heroe who abuse and rapes her. This is not the case. I like that fact that she is stubborn and fights him even though it makes her life harder. If you don't like reading first perosn narrative than you won't like this book. I don't mind it, so it didn't bother me. Is this wonderful literature, probably not. Is it a good story, yes. This isn't a light read, but if you like a darker themed books this is a pretty good one.
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I would put this book on par with Stoker's Dracula. It's just supurb. This is definitely one of my very favorite vampire novels (and that says a lot, because as of today, I have read 152 vampire novels)

However, I really don't think the cover is fitting for this novel. The novel is mature, elegant - in later years, it should be a "classic" of vampire literature. I think it deserves a mature, elegant cover. I'm not saying the cover art is bad, it just creates the wrong impression about this novel. This novel would be loved by readers who enjoy Anne Rice's earlier work, and more classic-type literature like Stoker, George Martin's Fevre Dream, and Jemiah Jefferson's Fiend - but I fear that these readers will take one look at the cover and dismiss it as a young adult book, or to be similar to stuff like Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a mature, well-written vampire story. I just couldn't put this book down.
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I so wanted to totally love this book! I love Dracula and this is a very inventive retelling of the classic tale from a female vampire's perspective - familiar yet with enough twists to keep you reading. The heroine is a wonderfully written character, with a vibrant personality, someone you can cheer on the whole way through the book. Filled with vivid descriptions the book transports you to the places described and makes the characters come alive. Unfortunately this vivid descriptive writing is also one of the books' big minuses for me, as multiple rape scenes are described in detail. This is not my sort of thing, after the first I thought ok it's in character and I can see how it may be useful for the plot, but again and again - not necessary reading. Once the plot changed locations the book became far more readable and I really began to enjoy the world created, I was looking forward to finding out how the intelligent heroine would outsmart her captor - sadly the ending didn't really do justice to the characters or the previous complex and entertaining plot. The ending felt unworthy of the book, and turned it from a good book into 'meh!' a bit disappointing. Overall a pretty good read, as long as you're not bothered by a mediocre ending and descriptions of forced intercourse.
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Told in a series of journal entries, The Tale of the Vampire Bride is the dark and frustrating story of Lady Glynis who becomes Count Dracula's newest bride. I thought I was going to really like it in the beginning, since Glynis is not ladylike at all. Her parents are having trouble marrying her off until a foreign count shows interest in her. But upon arriving at his castle, they know something is very off about the count. Dracula isn't about to let Glynis go, and uses his power to dispose of her family and trap her there with him and his three other brides. Glynis vows to escape even if it kills her.

The Tale of the Vampire Bride quickly lost my interest. The first half is incredibly violent and repetitive as Dracula abuses Glynis and forces her to become a vampire. Glynis also lost that spunk I loved (understandably so, given the situation), but she turned into this whiny child. She literally just stamped her foot and yelled "I hate you!" all the time. Wow, you tell him. She also said she was going to refuse to feed, but that she's hungry so she's going to feed, but after that she's refusing to feed. Um, what?! I really couldn't bring myself to care for her, because she was just so dang annoying!

Speaking of annoying, Dracula's other brides are infuriatingly dull! Of course, they love being vampires and love their "husband" and everything is so great and awesome! And they simply can't understand why Glynis is upset after he kidnapped her, murdered her family, killed her, raped her, and beat her. Whenever Glynis was crying or said she wanted to leave, they were all like "I don't get it." Not even joking. Like, is there anything going on in those brains of theirs? Obviously not.
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