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

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Beginning fifty years before the start of Bram Stoker's novel, Covenant with the Vampire introduces us to Dracula's family, who are bound by a covenant as ancient as their blood to serve Dracula and to protect him. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vlad's great-nephew Arkady has recently taken over the job of managing the thriving, busy estate. Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though eccentric great-uncle...until he begins to realize what is expected of him in his new role. ...
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Overview

Beginning fifty years before the start of Bram Stoker's novel, Covenant with the Vampire introduces us to Dracula's family, who are bound by a covenant as ancient as their blood to serve Dracula and to protect him. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vlad's great-nephew Arkady has recently taken over the job of managing the thriving, busy estate. Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though eccentric great-uncle...until he begins to realize what is expected of him in his new role. Either he provides his great-uncle with victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves. He is trapped into becoming a party to murder and sadistic torture. And it is in his blood. When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed to follow one day in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means his death.

Introducing Arkady Tsepesh, a young man who has returned to the Carpathian Mountains to inherit a pact of evil. This is his chilling and unforgettable tale that exposes a family bound by blood and torn by the terrible choices their own evil would demand. The first volume in a trilogy by an author who has written bestsellers under a pseudonym.

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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.
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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.
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Injecting some new blood into the genre of vampire novels, these darkly erotic diaries begin 50 years before Stoker's Dracula, and tell the story of how the family Dracul came under the spell of Prince Vlad Tsepesh.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    My Favorite Book Ever

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    good

    good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Eric and Emma

    Eric: looks: emo stle black hair blue eyes wears: jeans and a t-shirt with nikes is a wolf Emma: looks: hair style like deidara's (from naruto) blue eyes sometimes her eyes are red wears: a black up down dress with white skulls and black converses is a vampire and wolf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Carmen

    Name: Carmen Marie Loronzo !!! Age: 15 !!! Parents: Santana Loronzo, Derek briner !!! Description: long straighten brown silky hair and warm hazel eyes with thick long lashes creamy tan skin and full lips a nice bright white smile with dimples a small nose with a small nose peircing !!! Clothing: Ripped up skinny jeans with a grey tee that says YOLO in black lettering and it is rippe up on the sides and I am wearing a leather jacket and a turquoise slouch hat !!! Personality: Shy and nice but i can be hyper and funny and loud at times I can be mean to.... !!! Other: I am Latinio so I will speak spanish sometimes I am in a band (gutair and singer) I am a mortal like my mom !!! Crush/Bf: none !!! Tries colo pera que me!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Crow of the Quanari

    /Name/-Crow of the Quanari /Gender/-Male /Age/-23 /Breed/-Quanari(They are bigger and stronger than humans, they are amune to vampire bite and werewolf bites as well.) /Rank/-He is a warrior of Quanari which means he was bred to be a warrior. There are thoose who have children, and thoose who fight. /Description/-6'4 lean and muscular with snow white hair that falls just into his eyes, he has tan skin with golden amber eyes rare for his tribe. He has intricant tatoos all around his face, but the one that notes his rank is one of a dragon flying upward the head starts at his temple and the tail of the dragon goes to his neck. /Personality/-Meet him. /Crush/-Not sure yet. /Weapon/-He is crafty and will use whatever is around him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Goliad

    *she looked at herself in the mirror.* I don't feel beautiful anymore.... *she began to silently sob.*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Kaylinn

    "No, of course not." She runs her hands over her pregnant belly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Nikko

    Hi baby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Nikko

    Walks in

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Nikko its ice. i got grounded. so i cant come on anymore. layla

    Nikko its ice. i got grounded. so i cant come on anymore. layla misses you so do i im really sorry but i dont know when ill be able to come back on. im really sorry. if your reading this i just wanted you to know that i do love to. idk when ill get my phone back but here's my number if you need any help 843-826-1137

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Auden

    *yawns*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Kaylinn

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Desiree

    * curls up with edward* gtg bbl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Demon

    Whats wrong?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Zues

    Im back my homies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Jack

    Can only type once or twicea day. I love you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Nikko

    Smiles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Layla

    *runs around the forest in short shorts and a tank top stopping above her new belly ring her hair pulled up into a pony tail that stops above her waist*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Captivating!

    A vampire gothic as it should be. Loved it & buying the next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    I continue to love the stories of Kalogridis

    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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