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In the Face of Death

In the Face of Death

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by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Madeline de Montalia, the perpetually youthful and beautiful vampire, once beloved of the Count Saint-Germain, comes to America in the 1840's to live with and study the native tribes of America, desiring to document their culture and knowledge before these are changed forever and unalterably by contact with the White Man. She had not expected she would fall in

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In the Face of Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another dark, delicious and delectable novel by one of the few authors whose books I make a point of pre-ordering so I can have them as close to the release date as possible, this one being no exception. In her latest Madelaine adventure (a spin-off series from the Count Saint-Germain novels), Yarbro not only creates stirring and vivid imagery of one of the most horrendous times in American History, but adds her own unique brand of charm and insight by inviting the reader into the head of the main character via almost fifty years of journal entries. The POV is so strong, it¿s almost as if you¿re watching a documentary you can¿t take your eyes off of for a single moment. In this story, Madelaine de Montalia, a relatively `young¿ vampire and one of Saint-Germain¿s Blood, leaves England to visit America in order to study Native Americans, the research taking place during the Civil War. That plot serves more or less as a backdrop for the continuing romance between her and an actual historical figure and that aspect alone adds a rather unique flavor to this story, mingling fact and fantasy in a convincing way few authors can. If you¿re as big a fan of Saint-Germain as I am, you¿ll be extremely pleased by his brief appearance at the end of the novel, but his presence is felt throughout the entire book, partly due to Madelaine¿s many references to him in her journals and several mentions of him throughout the dialogue. However, none of that takes away from the fact that this book is centered in and around Madelaine and her struggles with the love, loss and pain that a long `life¿ can bring. Once you get this novel in your hands, you won¿t want to let it go until the very last sentence. In the words of Madelaine herself, ¿..¿savor it¿.
GerreK More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best works by Ms. Yarbro. I have read many of her books, and I would say that it is most accessible and enjoyable of her books, being set in 19th century America. Sometimes it is hard to develop a rapport with the character's relationships in her books. It seems that the partnerships involving Saint-Germaine are so often unequal. He seldom finds even fleeting happiness. I admire his morality and his appreciation for the shortness of life. His philosophy has been embraced by one of his great followers, Madelaine. She is sweet and passionate, and this relationship with Sherman is a haven and a refuge for these lonely lovers. The excellent historical setting is, as always , an added bonus.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Madelaine de Montalia, vampiress lover of Yarbro's Saint Germaine, journeys to pre Civil War America to discover and record the Native American culture. This quest will bring her more than she bargained for; an adulterous love affair with a man seen by some as a hero, and by others as a villain worse than any vampire, Tecumseh Sherman. This mortal inflames a passion unknown to Madelaine, but she knows the love is doomed. He is mortal, and married. Yet, this love will haunt her, even decades later. ................ ** Told in both first and third person, this novel stands alone. The style is not unlike that of Anne Rice's LeStat and offers an unusual perspective on the Civil War, that of the Indian. That facet alone might intrigue readers interested in history. **