Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
What lengths would you go to in order to save the love of your life from dying or worse, becoming undead?
Our story opens with a pensive Elizabeth Bennett-Darcy and her dashing husband Fitzwilliam, returning home from a visit with the Bingley's. Having tasted the near happiness of what their relationship had originally been founded upon, the thrill and love of fighting hordes of unmentionables, Fitzwilliam is bothered by his wife's lingering bad mood. He broaches the subject as they stroll arm in arm through the countryside and in a moment of distraction is bitten severely by one of the brain seeking monsters and infected.
Once disposing of the beast in a manner most entertaining, the frantic Lizzy carries her husband, at a run, the rest of the way home. Not wanting to alarm anyone, nor cut off her husband's head despite it being the proper thing to do, she lies and says there's been an accident before sending word to the one person she hopes can help them; Fitzwilliam's powerful, haughty aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Lady Catherine insists on spiriting the gravely wounded Mr. Darcy to her fortress to be cared for, but only after making Elizabeth promise to do anything she tells her to in order to save his life even if it dishonors her. Willing to do whatever it takes to save the love of her life, Lizzy agrees and is forced to wait for further instructions.
When a letter arrives carrying highly secretive information on how to obtain the so-called cure, Lizzy is forced to do whatever it takes - seduce, conspire with ninjas, seek the aid of her silly younger sister - to get her hands on it.
The book pulls no punches and gives the other Bennet sisters some of the spotlight, fleshing them out and making them well rounded and likable characters. This is the final installation in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy and was my favorite of the three.
Thank you to the folks at Quirk Classics for the review copy of this book!