Author: R.G. Bullet
Series: The Caldecott Chronicles #1
Published by: SilverHouse Books
Publication Date: October 29, 2011
Caldecott Estate, the ancestral home of the 32nd Earl of Rothshire, is besieged. The undead are traipsing and crawling across overgrown lawns, intent on ripping the very flesh from the Earl’s body.
But many of them will not make it that far as the 32nd Earl has two things in their way: A prized Purdey shotgun and an accomplice named Saffy. Saffy is a young and simple girl from the local village. She is quick of foot at setting traps, and dispatching the undead to the afterlife. She is endlessly coming up with cunning and disturbing methods to rid the estate of disease.
The bizarre and gruesome details are narrated in a journal by a very Aristocratic British gent. Get a first hand look on how the Victorian upper class deal with stumbling trespassers and see how one draws inspiration from a teenage girl born to kill.
19th century zombies, for the win! Love it! The Caldecott Chronicles is a quick 120 page read, but it’s full of awesomness. I love how the book was set up, and honestly, I think it was the perfect length for it. Plus, there is just something about Victorian era that I love.
A hundred years after an attack on a English country-side, some details of what occurred are finally brought to light. The journal entries of Aldersley Earl of Rothshire are made public after being tucked away for a century. Through the journal entries that are meant for Aldersley’s son, Albert, we are given a first-hand account of what really happened. The illustrations look like something out of a newspaper during the era. They are both grotesque and humorous, just like the story.
The two main characters, Aldersley and Saffy, are an unlikely duo, but they become the perfect team. An older English gentleman, and a young sassy girl. After a rough start, they come to depend on each other and have kind of a father-daughter relationship. I love how Saffy calls Aldersley Thirty-Two. She brings life to the Caldwcott Manor in the midst of such death and destruction. And how could I not love Virtus the kitten!
If you love zombies, humor, and the Victorian era, then give this book a try. It won’t take you long to read, but you’ll remember it for a long time. I plan to read the second installment, The Caldecott Chronicles No. 2, as soon as I can. I can’t wait to see what happens next.