Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1)

Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1)

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by Jeanne Kalogridis
     
 

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A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula's great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle's estate...and his appetite. Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations

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A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula's great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle's estate...and his appetite. Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original. More erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction. The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker's Dracula. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vald's great-nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great-uncle...until he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role. It seems that either he provides his great-uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves. He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture. And it is in his blood. When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means death.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in Transylvania, Kalogridis's smooth first novel launches a projected vampire trilogy that begins some 50 years before the action of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Like that classic work, this story is told through the diary entries of its major players. Upon the death of his father, Arkady Tsepesh is recalled from London with his pregnant wife to take over the family estate and care for his great-great-uncle-who happens to be the original Vlad the Impaler, now nearly 400 years old. As Vlad's power waned, he made a covenant with the villagers near his castle that he would spare their lives provided that they serve him faithfully. Arkady's father found himself bound to this service, as were all first males descended from Vlad. And now Arkady, too, must see that Vlad is well supplied with nourishing visitors lured from abroad. Kalogridis works hard to tighten suspense, dreams up new lore and here and there, especially in erotic passages, strives for fine writing of the sort that set apart Interview with the Vampire in the purple days of Anne Rice. But though the novel has many original touches, the diary format impedes the narrative momentum. Literary Guild; Doubleday Book Club; Science Fiction Book Club selections. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In 1845, Arkady Tsepesh and his pregnant wife, Mary, travel from England to his ancestral home in Transylvania on the occasion of his father's death. It is destined that Arkady, as eldest son, will assume his father's duties as aide to his great-uncle, Vlad Dracula. The family's blood ties dictate that Arkady must do his uncle's bidding, but it soon becomes apparent that Arkady's allegiance could destroy his wife and unborn child. Written as a prequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, this is the first title of a promised trilogy that will continue Vlad's story and ultimately mesh with the classic novel. This debut is a real chiller, erotic and gory enough for any vampire fan, and essential for all admirers of the original. For most public libraries.-Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440215431
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Diaries of the Family Dracul Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
570,744
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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A classic of the genre. Jeanne Kalogridis has given the growing family of vampire novels a truly terrifying blood brother.

Meet the Author

Jeanne Kalogridis has been obsessed with Dracula since childhood and has done extensive research to write The Diaries of the Family Dracul trilogy. She taught English for eight years at the American University in Washington, D.C. She now lives in California.

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Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book about three years ago and I loved it. I've read it countless times since. Even though, the pages are coming apart, this story still continues to give me nightmares.
TheMonkeyMan More than 1 year ago
A great book that takes the whole traditional vampire story line to a whole new level. Dramatic, exciting, and horrifying all at once. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has kept me enthralled from begin to the end. I will be buying the rest of the trilogy and i highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excuse for grafic gore and erotica neither a borrower or buyer be on this one Fedup of para abnormal
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A vampire gothic as it should be. Loved it & buying the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These first three were great reads that have become some of my favorites. In addition to all that has been written since. She's a great author and I look forward to her next book.
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All three books were equally good and very entertaining. Classic, interesting and fast paced. Any fan of the genre will enjoy!
Monica Massengale More than 1 year ago
The book is written in the form of several diary entries combined together. The story is a familiar one with a "dracula" main character, seduction, love, betrayal, murder and deceit. Couldn't put it down!
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Iluv2readEJ More than 1 year ago
This book was so much more than I expected. It was even better than Dracula.(which I had just read right before this one.) I can't wait to read the second and third ones.
kathynn More than 1 year ago
I loved the trilogy , very suspenseful . I am disappointed however to see i cant purchuse it for my nook ..
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JerseyAngel More than 1 year ago
After reading "The Borgia Bride" by this author, I decided to give her vampire trilogy a read. I was not disappointed! The journal layout is very interesting, allowing you into the minds of different characters. This also allows you become connected to each character. The suspense & horror kept me up late not wanting to put the book down. I read through it easily, never once becoming bored. Can't wait to read the next 2 in the series!
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Taking place before Bram Stoker's Dracula, this series is very entertaining and leads you up to what you already know about "Dracula". Written in diary format, the characters describe what is happening in their lives and how they interact with Vlad Dracul. Good plot, quick read. I think I prefer this book, the first in the series, to the other two.
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ValDracul00 More than 1 year ago
The story is written in diary form, as in the original Dracula. The story slowly evolves, at a mostly slow pace, but interesting enough. About half-way through the book , I refused to put it down. The way the author weaves the tale of Dracula and his unfortunate family is mesmerizing. If you are a fan of Dracula, or dark vampire stories in general, this series is a must read! I promise you cannot be disappointed!!