Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

July 22, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

Incarnation by Emma CornwallIncarnation by Emma Cornwall
Published by Gallery Books on September 18, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.

Yet another Victorian steampunk novel, although this one draws some inspiration from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And the steampunk elements are barely there. So, let’s just call this a Victorian fantasy inspired by Dracula, shall we?

Incarnation tells the story of Lucy Weston. The real story, and not the tarted up version from Stoker’s novel of course. Lucy rises from the grave as a newly made vampire who has no idea what she is, and little memory of her former life. In fact, it takes some time before stumbling across her old family home and with it the infamous novel Dracula where she is shocked to read about herself. She sets off on a journey to find Stoker and ask him about this novel.

Of course, all is not what it seems in London and it turns out that Stoker was told what to write and convinces Lucy to seek answers from other vampires, and finally from the man who made her–the first Vampire in England and straight from the Legend of King Arthur–Mordred. While Lucy struggles to find her maker, the rest of the vampires have decided to stage a revolt and Lucy is caught in the middle with no idea what to do.

I struggled to get into this book initially, and was really worried that because I haven’t read Dracula (I know, I know, I really should read that!) I would be a bit lost. And to be honest, right at the start I was a little lost and confused. But it didn’t mean that I was missing out on anything essential and as the book progressed I had no problems catching up and after all, the Vampires are a fair bit different, I think.

Like I mentioned earlier, though, the steampunk elements were barely there, and they definitely weren’t taken advantage of so I doubt you could really call this a steampunk novel. Alternate history, maybe, but not steampunk, and they certainly didn’t play any role in the novel itself. There was an odd variation of science used, which I imagine is what caused this to be considered steampunk. It was an interesting read as soon as I got into it, and I definitely enjoyed reading it far more than I had expected at the start. The end wasn’t nearly as satisfying as I wanted it to be, and there were a few parts that weren’t explained very well. In the end though, this was a good book.

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