Countess Erzebet Bizecka appears to have everything a young woman in 16th century Hungary--or any woman anywhere, for that matter--could want. She is rich and beautiful. She lives in an enormous castle, attended by dozens of servants. There is no one, now that her parents have died, to make any demands of her. She is free to live her life in any way she wishes.
But life wasn't always this way. Her insane mother and judgemental fatehr never felt that she was beautiful enough. And for all her outward defiance, deep inside, Erzebet agreed with them.
When Erzebet discovers the power of the blood ritual, she feels reborn. It's very simple: willing servants give her some of their blood and Erzebet bathes in it. The mythic power of the blood ritual makes Erzebet more beautiful and more powerful than she ever dreamed possible, for the blood is the life.
But once Erzebet tastes power, her need for it increases. And when a handsome stranger appears, whispering of new and dangerous ways to conduct the blood ritual, Erzebet sets off on a path that leads to a very dark place indeed.
In this gothic novel,author Alisa M. Libby has woven strands of the real-life Countess Bathory's story into a spellbinding work that combines horror, romance, and history into one powerful story.
My cousin wrote this book! :)