Reading Bram Stoker's Dracula from a completely different angle is like experiencing something old completely new, developing a more interesting character like Renfield was described by Bram Stoker. Having played a very small, crazy and mean role in the original novel by Stoker, Hambly gave literally life into Renfield's small creature.
Beginning in Dr. Seward's lunatic asylum Renfield exists between Laudanum, a narcotic, eating flies and spiders. Little does anyone know o bother that he has a connection to what is coming whilst thinking of his beloved wife and daugther all the time. I is dreams he can see what happens to Lucy and Mina.
The story takes a twist when Dracula's three Valkyries take an enraged turn against their master, seeking revenge because he left them in charge of the castle while he himself goes after Mina.
The reader will discover a new, more important Renfield, embedded in an almost unaltered, old storyline. Assigned to kill those that try to safe Mina Harker's life he struggles between being the servant and being what he always has been: a good, caring man and husband.
A good work and a great addition to all Vampire libraries !
A different slant on Bram Stoker's Dracula, this book brings Renfield, the count's tormented servant, into the forefront, giving him a plausible history and an important and believable role in the familiar story. Hambly's writing is, as always, elegant, her characters complex and satisfying.
I enjoyed this book which looked at the events described in Bram Stoker's Dracula from Renfield's, John Seward's and Van Helsing's point of view. I especially liked the interactions between Renfield and Dracula's wives.
Very interesting take on a classic story. Just who was Renfield? Was he always insane or did Dracula drive him over the edge?
I didn't enjoy this book at all. The concept was intriguing but I found the style to be boring and I noticed the sections that I did enjoy was from the original story!