Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Historian

Title: The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Reading level: Adult
Paperback: 642 pages
ReceivedFrom: I Bought it
Publisher: Time Warner Book Group
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cover: C
Overall: B+
"Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to 'My dear and unfortunate successor'. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of — a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.An adventure of monumental proportions, blending fact and fantasy, history and the present with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspensful, THE HISTORIAN is utterly unforgettable."
This novel drew me in for one reason: Vlad Tepes otherwise known as Vlad Dracula. The book itself is a complicated mystery with many twists and turns that can become quite confusing to a non-advanced reader. (Even I had to reread a chapter or two to figure out who whose perspective I was in) However; set the confusion (which is part ofe the excitement) aside and you have an innovative take on vampires throughout Romania, England, Amsterdam, Bulgaria and yes good ol' Trannsylvania. In this portrayal Dracula is not an evil Bram Stoker image but a true Historian. His passion leads the hunt and the mysteries that unfold page by page. Reader be warned : you will be sucked in to this book ( no pun intended)! Don't let the stuffy cover fool you "The Historian" offers an enthralling adventure to find the real Vlad Dracula.

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