Early Review: Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

Egalley thanks to Gallery Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.

Release date: September 18th 2012

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Beautiful storytelling which very much reminded me of Gardella Vampires by Colleen Gleason.
Rich, vibrant and really engrossing. 

This is not a YA and neither it is a paranormal romance, more like a paranormal historical adventure with slight steampunkish elements. I wouldn't even call it steampunk, because although some interesting technological advances are mentioned they are not used by any of the characters.

Lucy is a very intelligent, courageous girl who is turned suddenly by an ancient vampire, and wakes up in her own grave with a stake in her chest. Confused and disorientated, she literally claws her way out and spends few months feeding on animal blood and living in the cave until a distant call from her creator forces her to go searching for him.

When she thinks of him it's all very Gothic, hazy and luminescent but not romantic. She accepts him like some kind of irresistible force.

She finds her family country house deserted and day by day recovers more of her humanity back. In the same house she discovers a book by Bram Stoker where a heroine with a very similar name Lucy Westera instead of Lucy Weston is seduced and turned into a vampire by Dracula. Enraged by the author twisting the truth, she is determined to come to London and ask Bram how he knew what happened to her and why he distorted the truth.

However, in London our young vampire quickly becomes entangled in Lady Blanche's, an ambitious vampire, struggle for power with a sinister intent to openly dominate humanity, and only Lucy's own maker might be able to stop her. 

Joining forces with a mysterious Protector, Marco di Orsini Lucy needs to use her unique link to her creator to find him before it's too late, defend the Queen and country and fulfil her destiny, - the reason she was incarnated.

Fabulous story, very entertaining, with a smart resourceful heroine and a powerful and enigmatic hero. Nothing is simple in Incarnation, oh, and did I mention a brilliant mad geneticist who is just as evil as Lady Blanche? I guess I just did.

Read it! Fans of Kristen Callihan and Bec MacMaster especially, will love this.

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Охренительно красивая и очень интересная книга. Очень готичная и немного напоминает мне серию Вампиров Гарделла от Коллин Глисон.

Люси просыпается в магиле с колом в сердце. В панике, в растерянности она выбирается на поверхность и проводит несколько месяцев живя в пещере как дикарка и питаясь кровью животных, пока отдалённый зов её создателя и побуждает её устремиться на его поиски.

Она добредает до сельского особняка своей семью, который оказывается заброшен и останавливается в нём на несколько недель. День за днём Люси понемного возвращает частицы своей памяти и свою человечность пока не натыкается на книгу Брэма Стокера с героиней Люси Вестера, чья история подозрительно напоминает о том, что произошло с ней, Люси Вестон.

В бешенстве, Люси устремляется в Лондон, чтобы отыскать Брэма и задать ему вопросы, как он узнал, что с ней произошло и почему он исказил её историю так сильно.

Однако прибыв в Лондон, Люси сразу же попадает в водоворот событий - оказывается замешанной в план злодейки вампирши Леди Бланш сделать человечество своими рабами и в открытую ими править, и только создатель Люси может ту остановить.

Теперь Люси и таинственному Защитнику, Марко ди Орсини, предстоит поспешить и найти древнего вампира, перевоплотившего Люси, спасти королеву и Британию, и исполнить предназначение Люси, ведь именно для этого она была реинкарнирована.

А еще здесь есть безумный учёный-генетик и злодей, но это так, конфетки.

Читайте! Особенно придётся по вкусу поклонникам Кристен Каллихан и Бек МкМастер.


  1. Heck yes! This sounds awesome, so glad you enjoyed it and its going on my list! Love the cover:)

  2. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Kimberly! really good story!

  3. Yay! glad you enjoyed it! It was a really nice book and I hope there will be a sequel. the ideas in it wwere great!

  4. Yay! Not reading the review right now, because I def want to read this, but I'm so happy this gorgeous cover got a 9! It's not a trap!

  5. I wish I had an e-reader of my own! :( Then i would try to go Netgalley crazy ;)

  6. Oh I have seen this one and have been very curious about it. :D Thanks for the fab review. I think I need to try this one out! :D


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