At first, I thought this was a YA Dracula spin-off – but that is not the case. It’s an unofficial sequel, really, set just over a decade after the original novel. It follows many of the same characters from the previous book, namely Mina and Jonathan Harker, along with their son, Quincey. Despite being a modern publication, I found it to be really authentic in its historical tone – in fact, it reminded me a little of Lovecraft’s writing.
I am definitely not going to attempt to outline the plot for two reasons: one, I just could not do it justice due to it being so intricate, and two, I wouldn’t want to ruin it for any potential readers! What I will say is that Quincey’s role turned out to be a bit different to how I expected, and the side-plot with Maurice Hallam and Gabriel Shone was surprisingly good (as well as important). There was a trip to the fabled castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania, and there were, of course, vampires. What more could you ask for?
I should probably also mention that it is not written as a book, but instead a collection of letters, transcripts and journal entries of various characters. This lent a very interesting view on things, with several different perspectives. There are a few notes added by Quincey, too, as he is compiling the documents.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this. The only reason I dropped half a star is that it was a little slow to get into in my opinion.