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The Historian
The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
A young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could -- to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula. When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortun...  more
ISBN-13: 9780316070638
ISBN-10: 0316070637
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Pages: 676
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 111 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This book is in my top ten favorite books list! It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and supernatural intrigue. Kostova's writing style is amazing. With each page, I was more involved with the richly designed characters. I didn't want to put it down and I was sad when I was finished reading it. This will likely be one of the few books I read again!
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this has to be one of the most tedious books I have ever read in my entire life. I would not suggest that anyone read it unless the only other choice they have is poking themselves in the eye with a sharp stick.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Although this book has a fascinating and exciting concept (Dracula legends), its delivery leaves something to be desired. I enjoy historically-based novels and historical fiction, but this book was tedious to read. It took at least the first 100 pages to get moving and was really quite good for the next 300 hundred pages or so. However, the action drags until the end of the book--nearly 300 more later. And to top it off, the vague ending was less than satisfying. If you enjoy reading historical literature with a lot of primary sources (most likely fictional), then you will likely enjoy this book. If you like to be entertained and are looking for a quick read, I would pass on this one!

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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Outstanding vampire tale that I was sad to see end. Loved the narrative and the mystery.
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If you like your mystery to be solved amongst the library stacks, then this is the story for you. Lots of talking through riddles and ending up with Dracula being a compulsive collector of books! Story told in the now popular: remembered action and current action style.