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Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul)
Children of the Vampire - The Diaries of the Family Dracul Author:Jeanne Kalogridis It is Amsterdam, 1871, twenty-five years before the start of Stoker's novel, and twenty-five years following Arkady Tsepesh's flight from his family's ancestral castle with his wife and young son, Stefan, after learning that he and his family are bound by an ancient covenant to serve their ancestor, prince Vlad Tsepesh, who is also known as Drac... more »ula. For Vlad is a vampire, and the fated firstborn sons in every generation must bring him the victims he needs to survive. Arkady has tried to break the covenant and failed. He is now a vampire, seperated from his beloved wife and son, with one all-consuming desire- to destroy Vlad before he draws Stefan into eternal service through the blood ritual.But Arkady has come too late to Amsterdam. Vlad kidnaps Stefan, and spirits him away to the castle in Transylvania to undergo the blood ritual. Arkady enlists the help of Stefan's stepbrother, Abraham Van Helsing, in his thrilling battle against Vlad, as he seeks to free his family and put an end to the age-old covenant-even if it means he must destroy his own son.« less
This is an amazing story. Two books in and I can't wait for the third and final chapter. Kalogridis has done an outstanding job of putting a new twist on the Dracula legend that is very plausible and yet full of surprises. It's a little sexy without being bawdy, a little horrific without being gory. The plot-line keeps up a good pace and the characters are people that you can relate to. I carry the books wherever I go and the pages keep turning themselves. Worth your time!