Hey all! As promised I have a review of a new book! Quirk Classics is releasing a new book and it’s a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. Written by Steve Hockensmith (the writer of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After hits shelves and online sellers today, March 22, 2011.
The blurb off the back of the book reads:
When we last saw Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy –at the end of New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies– they were preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Yet the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love–and for everyone to live happily ever after.
Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses, Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.
Now, personally, I found the book enjoyable. I still find Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the original) to be the best of the ‘trilogy’ and honestly, the best of the Quirk line of books. The original Austen characters stay fairly true to themselves even in this sequel written nearly two centuries later. Elizabeth Bennet is still strong and opinionated, Mr. Bennet still finds his wife and most of his daughters immensely silly, and Kitty is a carbon of Lydia trying to find herself underneath.
Critically, the only way to enjoy Dreadfully Ever After is to read Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I don’t think much of the story would make sense without the set up from the prequel. Many things from their training days and their relationship with Lady Catherine take precedence in Dreadfully Ever After. Also, small things seem fairly predictable. Who wouldn’t guess that seconds after a conversation about children that a child would bite Darcy? (Seriously, I didn’t give anything away since you know he got bitten by reading the back of the book and you hit the fact that it’s a kid in ten pages or less.) If I hadn’t been given the book courtesy of Quirk Classics and Goodreads I probably would have bought it, which is more than I can say for many of the other Quirk books (many of which I did actually buy).
So, what’s an advance review copy from Quirk without some sort of awesome giveaway? Right, it has to happen! So head over to the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After Facebook page and “Like” it. Eight random winners will get an “Antidote Necklace” which looks pretty cute. Watch for other things, because Quirk is known to do a random giveaway with very little announcement outside the Facebook pages. Go ahead and “Like” Quirk’s Facebook page too!
As for my own little giveaway, I’ll give away my copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After on Saturday the 26th! Leave a comment here and I’ll choose a winner with a random number generator Saturday and in the mail no later than Monday.