I give this book a 4/5. Here is my breakdown.
Characters: 4/5. I enjoyed hearing about the familiar characters and found their reactions to their lives after Dracula to be plausible. The interactions between them - and the forced separations - rang true for me. I also enjoyed the dialogue and the new additions - Bathory, Quincey Harker, and the rest - and found myself wrapped up in their stories.
Plot/Storyline: 4/5. Solid, serviceable, and enjoyable. I liked the changes they made to the original and the explanations given. I know that many people felt that these changes perverted the intent of the first book, and that may be so, but I had a good time with THIS story, and judge it on that basis.
Flow: 4.5/5. Nice and easy to read. The scenes cut well together and the sentences flowed smoothly. I was able to immerse myself in the book easily and well.
Spelling/Grammar: 5/5. This book, unlike many of my reads, is a traditionally-published work, and the editing reflects what that is SUPPOSED to mean. I found no issues of spelling or grammar.
Overall: 4/5. I enjoyed this book very much. The world of Dracula is a fascinating one, something that I enjoy in many different ways over many different adaptations and interpretations, and this added something new yet familiar to the mix.
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