Thursday, 1 November 2012

Review: Incarnation

Author: Emma Cornwall
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: In the steampunk world of Victorian London, Lucy Weston, a character in Dracula, seeks out Bram Stoker to discover why he deliberately lied about her in his popular novel. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she tracks the creature 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 battles her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she makes a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—the true nature of what it means to be human.


"A heart that no longer beats cannot be stilled."

Enter the world where vampires and humans live harmoniously, though some of the latter isn't aware of it. But then, insert the expected villain/s who wants to ruin the peace between the two species.

Incarnation takes us back centuries back to the Victorian era. The poetic description of events and places makes it more believable and compelling to read, especially those who loves to read historical novels set in this era.

Here we meet Lucy, a newly transformed vampire, or shall we say halfling. And among other vampires, she's been the odd one, not having her incarnator with her and not being affected with the sunlight. But aside from those, there's also a bit of history hidden deep in within her very family tree.

At the beginning of the book, I find the poetic/medieval kind of writing interesting but held me back longer than necessary. There were some parts that were overly described thus making it a bit dragging. The action didn't start until the half part of the book which is different from other books I've read. Though the way everything was described, events and places, were thoroughly done and gave a very good mental image.

This is very different from the mainstream trend of vampire books recently. The setting of the book itself gives it a dark and mysterious edge. It gives us an experience of walking at the streets of London and Cornwall did a very good job at it. It didn't feel like it was just written for the sake of the story line. It was like it was really written for the readers experience.

The epilogue gave an impression of a sequel, or maybe the author left it for us to figure out what will happen next. But I really want to know more about Marco and what will happen next. Though I appreciate Nicolas to be there in a conversation with Lucy rather than a narration of what happened after the fight and what's next. It was, all in all, a really good story but it left me wanting more.