Caldecott, the ancestral home of the 32nd Earl of Rothshire, is besieged. The undead and certainly unwashed are traipsing across overgrown lawns intent on ripping the very flesh from the Earl’s body, scooping his brains out and eating his remaining horse.
But many of them will not make it that far as the 32nd Earl has two things in their way: A prised 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.
Although the word zombie is never used in The Caldecott Chronicles, the undead, the ungodly, the beef squad, and stumblers certainly is.
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 ones inspiration from a teenage girl born to kill.
A truly chilling, unique and often hilarious illustrated fantasy set as a series of short stories. The Caldecott Chronicles will resonate till your dying days.
~~Note: The book never uses the word zombie, but it is pretty much a zombie apocalypse so I shall use the word zombie while describing the monsters in the book. ~~
The Caldecott Chronicles: Excerpt No. 1 is a great zombie short story. I liked how the main character, the Earl, didn't do obviously stupid things for the most part during the zombie apocalypse. The only stupid thing he did was keeping Charles alive, which kind of annoyed me. It annoyed me because the Earl was being overly cautious about everything else, but he wouldn't kill Charles just because he is the Earl's brother. My favorite character was Saffy. I liked her take charge attitude. She might have been young, but she definitely wasn't helpless, like a lot of younger characters are. I thought the plot flowed nicely. I liked how the time period was set in the 1800s. I haven't read a lot of zombie novels where the era is in the past. There were only a couple of things that I wish were described better. I was hoping to find out how the zombie apocalypse started, but that might be revealed in a future excerpt. I will definitely be reading the second excerpt in the series to find out what happens on the way to find the Earl's son. I recommend this for fans of zombie novels that want something original.
I give The Caldecott Chronicles: Excerpt No.1: 4/5.
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