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Jane and the Damned: A Novel Paperback – September 28, 2010
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Jane confides in her father what has happened and he takes the family to Bath to find a cure for this condition. There are powerful, healing waters he believes can save her but the condition the entire family needs saving from is the invasion of France onto the English shores. The French overtake one city after another and the Austen family finds itself not only staying in strange surrounding but also must share this home with the French military. Jane has spent her life writing and seeking to compose the perfect piece of literature but now even that does not bring her solace. Writing has been the core of her existence and now that she fails commit one word to paper she feels even more lost.
What Jane does encounter is the residence where the other Damned are staying and discovered there is a mentor called a Bearleader who can take the novice vampire Jane and help her through the transition from woman to vampire. The Damned are also a service to England's military and use their special gifts of persuasion to help win back the country they may not love but call home.
But does Jane want immortality, can she leave her family and embrace the Damned as her closest allies, is the vampire relationships she is forming her destiny?Read more ›
What was to be a quiet trip however, becomes an eye-opening experience for Jane. The vampires she had encountered before are in Bath as well. Exposure to them brings jealousy and betrayal; friendship and love, to Jane’s small world. All these new experiences must be set aside though for England is at war with France and the French have taken to invading Bath.
Jane and the Damned is a kind of alternate reality type novel. While Jane Austen and her family did travel to Bath, it was several years after this novel takes place. The French did not overtake the city and a clan of vampires certainly didn’t drive them out. Though to be honest, that would have been very interesting!
Glimpses of famous Jane Austen characters are seen scattered throughout the book, something that is quite amusing and proof that Ms. Mullany knows her Austen. Light and very tongue in cheek at times, near heartbreaking at others, I found it very entertaining. The book itself has mixed reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon. Personally I thought it quite enjoyable.
True Austen fans might have trouble with characterization, but that shouldn’t deter any one from reading this. Jane and the Damned is a delightful romp and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Mullany, however doesn't attempt to redo our beloved novels but to give us a little Jane and the writing is quite good. She stays true to what I imagine the young gentlewoman would have been like (with one barely mentioned night of passion between Jane and a certain gentleman) and we get hints of her inspiration for "future" novels. Jane is presented as a woman of class and morality and gets to kick some bad-guy butt. I like the way Mullany has drawn Miss Austen for us and enjoyed this book very much. I am now onto the following title, "Blood Persuasion".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Up until the end of the book I would have given it a 4 star review. But the conclusion was was so unexpected it ruined the whole book for me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sawbones
For lovers of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, this was a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, escaping into the pages of Regency Bath into a world where the social and moral... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by MG
The year is 1797 and in one flirtatious moment Jane Austen goes from being mortal to becoming one of the "Damned" when she is bitten by a stranger, a Mr Smith. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Cozy Reader
I was a little apprehensive to read JANE AND THE DAMNED after my failed attempt at EMMA AND THE VAMPIRES. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Donna C
The idea of this book is what if Jane Austen existed in a world where vampires existed among humans. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Kindle Customer
I'm a fan of both Austen and vampire fiction so I decided to try this, along with Jane Bites Back. While Janes Bites Back is set in the present, this one is not does a very amusing... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Ria Darling
I love Jane Austen. I also love Twilight, The Mortal Instrument series, and even Anne Rice. But Jane Austen and vampires should never mash-up. Blasphemy! Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by Christina Boyd
I've never read any of Austin's work. I read this as a quick read and for something different. I was immediately pulled into this book. The only down-fall- The ending. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by C. Escamilla
I love Jane Austen and monsters so I was really hoping to love this book, but it wasn't as exciting and romantic as I hoped it would be. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by J.S.