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Borne in Blood: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Yarbro┬┐s vampire novels are some of the best historicals on the book shelves

    In 1817 the vampire Comte Franciscus Saint-Germain Ragoczy is living in peace in his chateau in Switzerland with his paramour widow Hero and both of them are very happy in their relationship. She accepts him for the four millennia year old being he is recognizing that he is more humane than most of the humans who are living in the time when poverty is rampant thanks to Napoleon¿s wars and defeat. He understands that there is a perpetual sadness about her because her father-in-law has custody of her children.------------ Saint- Germain plans to visit one of the authors of his Eclipse Publish Company who is studying the nature of blood. Graf Van Rasenberg welcomes a man of his stature to see his work and it is the court¿s hope that her father-in-law will let her see children. At a party celebrating her engagement to an older man, Hyacinthine plans a surprise that will destroy several lives yet bring her a peace that has eluded her for years.---------- The twentieth Saint-Germain book takes place just after the Napoleonic Wars when French soldiers are turning to banditry and becomes outlaws because of the sudden poverty in a power vacuum that is not being filled to for these veterans and their families. Saint-Germain does what he can to help feed the starving masses as crops have failed for two years due to terrible weather but comes under suspicion when bandits steal it. In spite of all he undergoes, he retains his humanity in a world that looks at a foreigner and exile with suspicion. Ms Yarbro¿s vampire novels are some of the best historicals on the book shelves.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Historical fiction at his best

    This is the 20th novel about the undead existence of 'Le comte de Saint Germain, vampire'. The count of St Germain has settled in Switzerland, in 1817. A turbulent period, after the Napoleonic wars. A time of new development in medicine, industrie. A time when women had no more rights than in Heliogabalus' time The count's lover, Hero, has lost her husband to the war and her children to her father-in-law, who thinks she is not worthy to raise his grandchildren. St Germain is helpful, as always, to Hero and to the local people who suffer from the war and the bad weather. Through his publishing company he meets an Austrian scientist and his niece, the beautiful Hyacinthie. But she has been abused her whole life and she lives in her own world she wants to control completely. The impact of her madness on the lives of other people is desastrous The count's vampiric nature has little influence in this book, but that is part of his nature he likes to keep a secret. The count is as charming and irresistible as ever, and for us as unreachable...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Most Boring Series Ever

    Historical it might be... but you'd expect a series about vampires to at least have some 'oomph' to it. Unfortunately Ms Yarbro's books 'and I read the first 6-8 in her series, to my eternal dismay' just dragged on and on and on. Her characters are uninspring and the vampires must be especially damned 'to eternal boredom'if what Ms Yarbro writes about their lives are true. If I was a vampire in her book, I'd be asking to be staked, beheaded and burnt ASAP. I can't believe that people actually enjoy her stuff! Ms Yarbro's books are plodding, glacial, pedantic and absolutely an abysmal waste of paper.

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