Descent into Dust
By Jacqueline Lepore
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061878121, 384pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Emma Andrews, Victorian Lady and Vampire Hunter
"Though it is many decades later, it all comes back to me; back to those early days when the terror was new and I was dangerously untrained. When I was young and did not yet know I had a secret . . ."
Twenty-five-year-old widow Emma Andrews grew up in the shadow of her mother's madness, so when she arrives at Dulwich Manor in the midst of a mysterious plague and soon thereafter begins to see specters, her family fears fate has finally caught up with her. But one guest among them knows Emma's visions are more than a trick of the mind. Valerian Fox has hunted the great vampire lord Marius through time and across continents, and he knows Emma has a remarkable destiny. She is Dhampir—a vampire hunter.
Surrounded by those who would use her powers for their own ends, Emma does not know who to trust or what she can believe. But when her young cousin is marked for death, she must embrace the terrible inheritance that lies in her very blood to save those she loves.
An extraordinary saga of courage, love, duty, and honor, of darkest destiny and ancient evil . . . and of the shadow of the Dracula himself. It begins.
“Deliciously macabre . . . The rural Victorian setting is evocative, and the vampire threat palpable. While Lepore’s tale does come to a nail-biting climax, her compelling characters are not finished with their missions, and so will continue their vampire slaying in future books, which will surely please readers.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“An atmospheric, gothic tale that immediately grabs readers . . . unforgettable.”
-Kathryn Smith, USA Today bestselling author
“Old-fashioned vampire fiction--with a little postmodern feminist updating--makes a comeback . . . Lepore successfully captures the mood of traditional gothic fiction, complete with soggy moors, murky religious orders, ancient ruins, dark secrets, and plenty of general mystical weirdness, and complements it with a strong female protagonist.
“Lepore captures attention with a well-crafted vampire/Gothic. The plot is mesmerizing and the characters wonderfully portrayed, embracing readers so well they will easily surrender their disbelief. This stellar novel will have you clamoring for more.”
-Romantic Times BOOKclub