Dawn of the Dreadfuls: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book 2 — book review

Dawn of the Dreadfuls: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book 2  by Steve Hockensmith. Quirk Books, $12.95

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The prequel novel to the smash hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is an original work of fiction that tells the story of how the Bennet sisters became zombie slayers. Hockensmith has tried to write in the style of Jane Austen, and while it’s similar, it’s considerably easier to read and enjoy than the original Austen texts.

The book details the gradual rise of the so-called ‘dreadfuls’, which had plagued England years before but seemed to have been defeated.  As the years passed, most people gradually forgot about the dreadfuls (the ‘z’ word is considered uncouth).

The novel begins as the dreadfuls begin their return ‘ starting with a corpse reanimating at a funeral, and then progressing to entire cemeteries fighting their way from the ground. Fortunately, Mr Bennet, father to five daughters remembers the old days. After the first dreadful makes its appearance, he begins teaching the girls armed and unarmed combat. His neighbours have shorter memories and refuse to believe that the dreadfuls have returned, leading to the Bennet family becoming the subject of much ridicule in and around the village. After a while, the Bennets are joined by the mysterious and harsh Master Hawksworth, sent from the mysterious order to which Mr Bennet belongs, to properly educate Mr Bennet and his daughters in the martial arts. 

Much fighting and general zombie mayhem ensues amidst romance, debauchery and unrequited love (and lust). All in all, an excellent prequel to the massively successful Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Dawn of the Dreadfuls: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book 2  by Steve Hockensmith. Quirk Books, $12.95

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The prequel novel to the smash hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is an original work of fiction that tells the story of how the Bennet sisters became zombie slayers. Hockensmith has tried to write in the style of Jane Austen, and while it’s similar, it’s considerably easier to read and enjoy than the original Austen texts.

The book details the gradual rise of the so-called ‘dreadfuls’, which had plagued England years before but seemed to have been defeated.  As the years passed, most people gradually forgot about the dreadfuls (the ‘z’ word is considered uncouth).

The novel begins as the dreadfuls begin their return ‘ starting with a corpse reanimating at a funeral, and then progressing to entire cemeteries fighting their way from the ground. Fortunately, Mr Bennet, father to five daughters remembers the old days. After the first dreadful makes its appearance, he begins teaching the girls armed and unarmed combat. His neighbours have shorter memories and refuse to believe that the dreadfuls have returned, leading to the Bennet family becoming the subject of much ridicule in and around the village. After a while, the Bennets are joined by the mysterious and harsh Master Hawksworth, sent from the mysterious order to which Mr Bennet belongs, to properly educate Mr Bennet and his daughters in the martial arts. 

Much fighting and general zombie mayhem ensues amidst romance, debauchery and unrequited love (and lust). All in all, an excellent prequel to the massively successful Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.