The Historian Author:Elizabeth Kostova In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign -- and about a time defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages. — Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked in to the fabric of medieval monastic... more » traditions -- and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers -- one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.
Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful -- and utterly unforgettable.« less
If you like history and Dracula or Vlad the Impaler, this book is a good read. It's heavy in descriptions, which makes it a slow read. It is also one to keep you on your toes trying to figure out where they are going next. Took me quite a while to work thru the book!