Book Review: Hide Me Among the Graves by: Tim Powers

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: William Morrow

Publish Date: March 13, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: Winter, 1862. A malevolent spirit roams the cold and gloomy streets of Victorian London, the vampiric ghost of John Polidori, the onetime physician of the mad, bad and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Polidori is also the supernatural muse to his niece and nephew, poet Christina Rossetti and her artist brother Dante Gabriel.

But Polidori's taste for debauchery has grown excessive. He is determined to possess the life and soul of an innocent young girl, the daughter of a veterinarian and a reformed prostitute he once haunted. And he has resurrected Dante's dead wife, transforming her into a horrifying vampire. The Rossettis know the time has come – Polidori must be stopped. Joining forces with the girl's unlikely parents, they are plunged into a supernatural London underworld whose existence they never suspected.

These Wildly mismatched allies – a strait-laced animal doctor, and ex-prostitute, a poet, a painter, and even the Artful Dodger-like young daughter – must ultimately choose between the banality and constraints of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidori offers. Sweeping from high society to grimy slums, elegant West End salons to pre-Roman catacombs beneath St. Paul's cathedral, Hide Me Among The Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. 

Review: ‘Hide Me Among the Graves’ is a chilling gothic tale full of ghosts, vampires, and Nephilim. Focusing on the historical figures - siblings Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Mr. Powers has given us an alternative view of the origins of creativity and madness. A Victorian London suffused with the supernatural draws you into the clutches of the monsters and ordinary folk. Unlikely acquaintances and future friends are forced to combat the evil Christina Rossetti had quickened many years ago, before he and his female companion turn London into Hell and take loved ones for their own.

This is, I believe, the first novel by Mr. Powers I’ve read. I was pleasantly surprised and quickly bewitched by his words. Rich in history, art, literature, dynamic characterization, evocative descriptions, and chilling horror, ‘Hide Me Among the Graves’ is a delightful literary treat. This isn’t a book you can easily forget and I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t forget you, the reader, too. This is a wonderful and uncommon addition to the genre which has become increasingly common.


1 comment:

  1. I don't normally choose supernatural novels but the literary figures here will make me easily suspend disbelief. I'm looking forward to reading this book which is on my shelves! Enjoyed your comments.I also learned a new word - nephilim!


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