“With the slew of vampires in popular culture today, it seems odd to say I've been missing the vampire! The latest incarnations, however, don't speak to me as a fan of the gothic creature of the night. Having read Stoker at a very early age, I like my vampires as the haunted outsider. Verland: The Transformation is a return to the gothic age of Stoker and Polidori. This is a masterful tale of pain, inner turmoil, and ultimately acceptance that spans well over a century! As a historian, the attention to historical detail was remarkable. The history is skillfully woven into a tapestry of killing and contemplation set against the backdrop of murder, conspiracy and the frightening power of Hollywood. The line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred as the protagonist Elle and the reader fall further and further into Verland's world. In that moment of truth I wasn't sure what was real and what was fiction, but upon finishing, I sat quietly with the book and knew that I believed. ”
ecovampira wrote this review Wednesday, June 22, 2011.