The Palace Author:Chelsea Quinn Yarbro He called himself Count Francesco Ragoczy da San Germano, and as Florence exploded in a frenzy of violence and destruction, the Count used his icy intellect to conquer the minds of men, and branded with fiery passion the willing flesh of women -- waiting for the one lover he could possess for all eternity. The Palace - an historical horror novel.
A very romantic and mysterious vampire, our St. Germaine. Yarbro is good writer, weaving just even history into the novel to make me enjoy it, even though I generally don't like "period" novels. The vampire is believable and likable. The female protagonist is strong and believable. Better attention to plot and action than may vampire novels.