Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Review - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:  Dreadfully Ever After - by Steve Hockensmith

The last book in the mash-up trilogy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starts out a few years into Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam’s marriage.  As a married lady, Elizabeth is no longer allowed to carry a sword, although her hand-to-hand combat skills are just as deadly as ever.  During a walk home from her sister’s house, Elizabeth reluctantly confesses to her husband that she finds the thought of motherhood somewhat… unappealing.  In his shock, Mr. Darcy allows an unmentionable to get too close, and it bites him.  Elizabeth knows she must kill her husband, but cannot bring herself to do it.  Instead, she seeks the aid of the legendary Lady Catherine.  Lady Catherine reveals that she knows how to cure her nephew – but the price for her assistance is high.  Perhaps too high.  Elizabeth boldly agrees to whatever terms the Lady Catherine requires, which may cure her husband but kill her marriage.  She sets out or London, her family at her side, to slay zombies, fight off ninjas, and seek the cure before Darcy is lost forever.

As with the previous two books, Dreadfully Ever After was action-packed, fast-paced, and full of humor, suspense, and even a few surprises.  I’m not a big reader of the ‘classics’ (your gasps of horror inserted here), so these horror/regency/classics mash-ups are perfect for me.  Modern apocalyptic twists make stuff I probably should have read a long time ago more appealing. 

This one takes itself a little more seriously than the first two books, but it still has the wit and humor I’ve come to expect from the series.  It was nice to see Mary and Kitty enjoy some limelight, although I did miss spending more time with Elizabeth and Darcy, who are separated for the majority of the novel.  The middle of the book was a bit draggy, with more angst and less action than I’d like, but the love scenes are still interrupted by frequent bouts of violence and entrails flying through the air. 

If you enjoyed the first two in this series, you’ll enjoy this book. 

4 out of 5 stars

·         Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
·         Paperback: 320 pages
·         Publisher: Quirk Books  
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-13: 978-1594745027
·         ISBN-10: 1594745021
Amazon Page for Dreadfully Ever After

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