|Renfield (2006) [Novel]|
by Barbara Hambly
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(From the publisher):
RENFIELD...I know this as I know my name. And I fear for my very soul. The light of his majesty floods my mind, yet I tremble.
But how godforsaken is Renfield? The most enigmatic character to stalk the shadows of Dracula now takes center stage in Barbara Hambly's ingenious re-imagining of Bram Stoker's classic novel - told from the point of view of Renfield himself - exploring the chilling circumstances of his madness, his immortal devotion to the Vampire Prince, and the mortal fear that feeds his need for revenge.
When we first meet Renfield, he's an inmate of Dr. Seward's Rushbrook Asylum, scribbling obsessive entries in his diary, penning impassioned letters to his dear wife, Catherine, and becoming slavishly seduced by his violent visions of the Master - harbingers of doom he cannot control. Ordered to hunt down and kill Van Helsing and his companions, Renfield complies. His mission sets the stage for a battle between the living and the dead, between master and slave, and between good and evil that will take him from the darkness of the gold-filled crypts of Dracula's castle to the more personal darkness of his own descent into madness, and the shocking truth of where it all began.
Featuring a myriad of characters and situations from Dracula, yet filled with surprising new twists and perspectives, Barbara Hambly's Renfield is a fascinating work of fiction as complex, rich, and astonishing as Stoker's own.
Original title: Renfield
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