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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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780316011778
ISBN-10: 0316011770
Publication Date: 6/14/2005
Pages: 642
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 986 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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reviewed The Historian on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
Absolutely wonderful book! I honestly could not put it down and missed sleep reading this book. Yes, the writing style is a little different than what you're used to but I think that may help with the overall mood of the book. If you like history, following clues and a touch of horrific tension you'll adore this book.
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Helpful Score: 14
I enjoyed this book very much. I notice the reviews where people felt it was a slow read. Although it is a Vampire story, it is more of a historical novel. I love both types of books.If you just want o fnd out "what happens" you may feel impatient. This book is a travelogue, a mystery and a fascinating history of Eastern Europe. This is not a fluff book. I hope you'll give it a try.
sharrona avatar reviewed The Historian on + 207 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
At times while reading the first half of this book, I felt impatient for "the story" to begin. It felt like too much detail, too much background. Looking back, I can see that each twig of detail was important, and was carefully placed to build a roaring bonfire by the story's end. This was a remarkable book, in the development of the story from the point of view of several characters, the view of the past through many layers of stories and sources, and the gradual accumulation of a subtle awareness in the reader's imagination of what might be happening that wasn't quite mentioned, wasn't exactly described, but was only hinted at. This is a book I look forward to reading again in a year or two.
mimibottoms avatar reviewed The Historian on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I really enjoyed this book about one family's search through libraries, medieval documents, and beautiful historic cities for the tomb of a monster... Vlad the Impaler, the real man whose crimes and blood-thirsty life inspired the folk legends and Hollywood version of Dracula. The story is told through a woman's flashbacks to her teenager years as she listened to the stories her father told her and had her own experiences in the search. I think this book is very well written with many lively descriptions of people, places, and events. And there are several twist and turns in the story to keep you turning the pages until the very last. Will they be able to find Vlad's tomb? Will Vlad's body be in his tomb or will an empty sarcophagus reveal that the legends are true and he is undead?
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Helpful Score: 12
I really wanted to like this book. I got about halfway through it and could not finish. I loved the scenery descriptions and the writing, but the middle bogged down for me, and I could not finish it - as much as I wanted to. I have so many other books I could not wait to start, and once I did, I could not pick it back up.
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garythefowler avatar reviewed The Historian on + 65 more book reviews
A fascinating side of, or addition to, the Dracula mythology, carried into the mid 20th and early 21st centuries. Well told, somehow both moving fast in some places and requiring a slower chewing in others. This is one of those big thick novels that is a pleasure to get into.
2manyb00ks avatar reviewed The Historian on + 203 more book reviews
Awesome read! I started watching the new Dracula series around the time I finished this book. So cool to see the similarities. I love how this author made the book so believable. I enjoyed reading the Readers Pick Guide at the back as well. Certainly not a quick read... there is a lot of content to soak up with this book. I enjoyed it though!
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Surprise, this was about Count Dracula. Well that will teach me to read the cover before reading. Actually it was an interesting story and easy reading and I enjoyed it although some accounts of what he did to others left me short of breathe.


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