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I thoght this story was unnecessarily bloated. I found myself jumping ahead four or five chapters at a time and not missing a thing! One positve, Kostova knows how to write. But thats the problem, she writes too much. I highly recommend checking out the DVD Lost Worlds volume 4. It has a great documantary on Vlad Dracol that is more interesting than the book.
posted Apr 29, 2007 at 1:09PM
Mary B. said:
Did you think you weren't "into" vampire tales? This elegantly written first novel may change your mind. Did Bram Stoker base his Count Dracula on the historical figure Vlad the Impaler, the cruel 15th Century prince of Wallachia? A father and then his daughter search for clues across time and borders in dusty Ivy League libraries and ancient monasteries. What does that dark legend have to do with modern times, and does that evil still exist?
posted Apr 18, 2008 at 11:40AM
A thoughtful and suspenseful page-turner, The Historian is a wonderfully crafted story about the search for a book and a vampire that readers of Perez-Reverte’s "The Club Dumas" and Pearl’s "The Dante Club" will enjoy. For readers who like a good vampire story, this isn’t a blood-sucking book, but it is a brilliant addition to Dracula lore.
posted Jun 18, 2008 at 1:03PM
Janet B said:
I found this to be a very good 300 page book hiding in 700 pages. The book wanders off course frequently, is often redundant, and is much too self important. This author show tremendous promise, but she deserves a much better editor.
posted Nov 5, 2010 at 2:43PM
Fantastic book! Loved the parallel ending(s). Was very slow reading for me though; I get that way with multiple speakers alternating chapters.
posted Jun 12, 2012 at 2:56PM
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Age: Young adult
Finds a mysterious book in her father's library; the book is blank but holds letters tucked inside; finds out her father was on a quest to see if Dracula was still alive; she takes on her father's quest.