Very well-written vamp book with some real depth and density to the characters and situation - Dracula meets Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Too gothic for my taste, but if you like social intrigue and tangled webs with your vampires, this is a good choice.
i absolutely love this book. Not only is it a vampire tale, it is also accurate historical fiction. After reading this book, i went on and purchased every one of the books in this series...and there are a lot of them. Good historical fiction, I especially enjoy the ones set during Roman times
Based on positive reviews I had read of this book and this series, I expected a lot more. 1 - the book could have been told more enjoyably in half the pages. 2 - too full of trite regurgitated story lines, even for me - and I am pretty tolerant, considering I read romance, historical, and supernatural themes constantly. I hung in there until the end hoping for something better; no such luck. oh well.
Vampires and romance! A fun read for fans of either genre.
One of her famous vampire series.
I didn't like this book at all. It was so boring.....
Looking forward to rereading a favorite series
This is the first St. Germain novel, and a long time since I read it. I'm not a "fan", but I think I've read most of these. It's interesting how Yarbro has evolved St. Germain. He starts out much the same - learned, elegant, compassionate, avoiding conflict wherever he can. But in this novel he seems to have more superhuman characteristics than I remember from later novels. He has incredible strength, he can turn into a wolf, pretty sure he has the ability to hypnotize people at least a little. I wonder how much backstory Yarbro built for him before she started this book, because there's lots of references here about which later books are written. Also this is more of a soft horror novel than the historical/political themes of the later books. St. Germain falls for Madeleine, but Madeline's father signed a pact with a Satanic cult "giving" his firstborn to them. Although he's repented, they're still after her. Lots of scenes with the Satanists torturing people, although it's fairly mild compared with most mainstream horror. There are the descriptions of clothes, architecture, and some food of the time. Still a good read after all these years.