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The Historian
The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Propelled by the discovery of an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters, a young woman plunges into a labyrinth where secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for truth becomes an advent...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316057882
ISBN-10: 0316057886
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 816
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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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.
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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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Helpful Score: 12
Interesting take on the Dracula history. A little long though - I didn't finish it. Writer needed to get to the point quicker than she did.
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Dark historical mystery; quite tense. I wish I had read the original Dracula book first, but this was good even without that background.


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