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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.
Emma Cornwall's Incarnation, with its stunning cover that is sure to grab readers' attention, is an interesting story about a newly-created vampire's search for her creator.
We meet the protagonist, Lucy, when she first realizes that she is no longer human. She has little recollection of prior events with no ideas as to why anyone would change her into the creature she has become. The only thing she is sure of is that she has a heart that no longer beats and an undeniable craving for blood.
Upon discovering a novel that contains a character and story line that are disturbingly familiar, Lucy decides to track down the author, Mr. Bram Stoker. What she discovers is a secret world filled with supernaturals, including others of her kind and protectors who are tasked with keeping humans safe.
But the most surprising revelation for Lucy is that she was created by the vampire king himself, Morded, who has mysteriously disappeared.
It soon becomes imperative that Lucy uncover Morded's location. Without him, vampires are free to reveal themselves and feed upon humans without restraint.
She receives assistance from Marcus di Orsini, a man she vaguely remembers from her past. Together they race against time to locate Morded, whose connection to Lucy proves that he is in danger and that his health is fading.
While Incarnation has a lovely cover, an appealing synopsis, and an intriguing protagonist who internally struggles between preserving her humanity or giving in to her new predatory instincts, it wasn't able to completely hold my attention. I often found myself losing interest, mostly due to the story's pace, and had to set the book aside to give myself a break. This happened several times before I finally reached the story's conclusion.