She wakes up with a stake firmly planted in her heart, and yet she doesn't turn to dust. She has lost all of her humanity to the point where all she does is hunt wildlife in order to satisfy her thirst. Lucy later finds Stokers book and is driven to finding out why she was turned, and what it means for her in the long run. Her journey is one of enlightenment and challenges.
She really believes there has to be a way to revert back into her former self, yet, finds that her new vampire self is pretty awesome with amazing new powers including immortality and beauty. In the end, she will face difficult challenges and make a decision that could have long term effects on her desire to become human once again.
There are some interesting characters like Bram Stoker, Marco and Nicolas di Orsini as well as Mordred. They will all play important roles in Lucy's own discovery about who she is descended from and why she was chosen to become a vampire. There are trolls, vampires, werewolves, and humans who believe that war is imminent and therefore they should speed up the process.
Steampunk plays a role in this story of course, but it isn't the whole story. It's interesting about the underground subways, as well as the Diribles. Cornwell could have put this story into modern times and still had it come out smelling like roses. This isn't a romance novel. It's all about the paranormal and how vampires and humans are intermingling throughout 1897 London. It's about deceit, and preventing the destruction of both species, and how one woman has the power in her veins to either stop the war, or help one side or the other destroy the other.
Overall, I'm actually hoping that there will be a sequel to this book since there are a few loose ends that need to be tied up. I also wanted to see Lucy have a HEA. This book ended up being better than I thought and recommend it to those who love steampunk and vampire novels.
*Recv'd 07/09/2012 Via Edelweiss* Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Gallery Books
Author - Emma Cornwell
Title - Incarnation
Published by Galley Books
Releases September 18, 2012