24 hours after finishing this book, I am not sure if I love it or hate it.
This book is a sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, co-written by Dacre Stoker, the author's great grand-nephew. Dacre shares with us that he wanted to continue the Dracula story mainly because he wanted to do justice to the true creative vision of his ancestor. Unfortunately, I think that he failed in this endeavour. Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my favourite books: horrific and sensual at the same time. Reading this story is quite a ride. But this sequel is really not good enough to be compared to the original story. The only redeeming factor to me is how Dracula is portrayed. He gets the opportunity to present his side of the story. "Evil comes in shades of grey". This is not the first time that vampires and evil creatures are presented as "good": the Cullens do not drink human blood and Anne Rice's creatures often yearn to be close to God again. Here, Dracula considers himself to be a Warrior of God ridding the Earth of rapists and murderers. But what redeems him really is the deep love connection he has with Mina. A creature who loves a woman that much cannot be totally evil.
That said, there will be a sequel to this sequel. And I will certainly read it. Not because of the quality of the writing but because I am intrigued by how the character of Dracula will unfold. I guess that the Son of the Dragon has a hold on my imagination....Continua
This is an interesting and lively sequel to the original story, which ties up a few loose ends and appeals to the romantic within. This is a more sympathetic reworking of the old legend and hopefully not the last.