Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Hello Books Lovers,
welcome back. As you already know, today’s review will be on the second volume of Kerri Maniscalco’s saga, Hunting Prince Dracula, out with Jack the Ripper and Houdini on September 15th, and all three books are already in preorder so … do not miss these releases for any reason, you will not regret it, and in November the fourth and last volume will be released(in Italy).
If you have read the whole review yesterday then you probably remember that I gave 4 stars hoping to be able to give 5 to an even more beautiful volume, well Hunting Prince Dracula is not a full 5, but a 4.5. What I really like about these books is the fact that the author is able to mislead the reader with suspicions, even for this volume I never expected the killer to be that person, it’s not at all obvious, and then in the middle of the investigation there’s the beautiful back and forth love story between Audrey Rose and Thomas, and there is also the fact that they are studying in medical school, so apart from the investigation they have to pay attention to the study as well.
This time we are in Romania, precisely in a castle that has been transformed into a school, and like any self-respecting ancient castle, it is full of alleys and secret passages, and underground passages and tunnels that would make anyone’s hair stand on end.
All the events are connected, but the best part of this book was the final adventure that our two protagonists had to face. Together they form a formidable team. Thomas is able to deduce everything from a single glance, and Audrey Rose is no less with her intuitive skills, then the more time she spends next to Thomas the more her senses sharpen. They also make a really sweet couple. Thomas has never been able to relate to people and is now learning with Audrey Rose, he stands by her, in his own way, and comforts her to make her forget the bad thoughts.
And in this book we will have the chance to find out more about Thomas’ past and lineage, and also meet his sister Daciana. And I tell you another thing, Maniscalco in this book has also added with great skill some LGBTQ elements that do not clash at all.
And we are in the 19th century and the vision of women then is not like that of today, yet Audrey Rose is able to change this perception. She proves to be up to par in a school for men only, and shows everyone that despite being a woman she has nothing to envy to the men around her. Despite her frail constitution she has more stomach than many other people she knows, even considering what she has been through.
And I look forward to seeing you tomorrow with Escape from Houdini, a book that differs slightly from the first two but which has its own charm thanks to this distinction, and Audrey Rose and Thomas will be even closer and in love than ever. Plus I remind you of the insta tour.