The Bathory Curseby Renee Lake
Princess Cneajna of Transylvania didn't expect to be brought back from death's door by an ancient Pagan Goddess. Now she has a new life, and with it comes the impossible task of breaking a centuries old curse placed on the women of her family: The Bathory's.
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Title: The Bathory Curse Author: Renee Lake Publisher: CreateSpace Publication Date: November 8, 2015 Source: Swapped Before reading The Bathory Curse, I don’t think that I’ve read books that had the ‘real’ Dracula in them. It’s always been about hot young vampires pursuing young mortal girls or young mortal girls fighting against vampires. Renee Lake has the king of the vampires pursue his first wife who became a Strega after she was brought back to life thanks Bendis, Goddess of the Night, Magick, and the Hunt. However, the short synopsis on Amazon intrigued me. It took me three evenings to finish the novel. The story was well told, though it has missing punctuation, typos, and no family tree. I counted over thirty-three characters which appeared and reappeared through the twenty-four chapter novel. A family tree would certainly help the reader not get lost who is who… especially the women who spent centuries in limbo. Note: The missing punctuation and typos did not stop me from enjoying the story. It is a story about Dracula’s first wife, Nea who will forever look to be twenty-five years old woman. After she is saved by Bendis, she has to break the curse that has haunted her family for years. Over the years, she gains allies in her strogi, her vampire husband, other Strega, and mortals. So I would say the premise and the plot are very good. The story is actually quite complex and I would give 5 stars alone for the fact that the author got this story finished and published. I can tell that the research portion of writing this novel took a long time and it was a pleasure reading. My favorite characters are Sabine and Nea. They are great friends. However, I think that there are areas that can be improved. We see a vampire for the first time in chapter 5, I was waiting to read about a vampire and thought he or should would show up in chapter two or three. In chapter 9, we learn that the Bathory women are part of different lines. I believe that information would have been good to know a little bit earlier because it came as a surprise. Also, I would have liked to see more scenes with Costica. It seemed that there would have been more of him. However, one of my favorite scenes was when Nea, along with her friends, went looking for the flower. It would have been interesting to see what Sabine’s ‘nightmare’ was. Overall, it was pleasure to read this book. I would recommend to anyone to read it who is okay with adult scenes, dark characteristics, and fantasy aspects about the gods. My Rating : 4 Stars
Usual disclaimer: Author Renee Lake gave me an e-version of The Bathory Curse in exchange for a review. The Bathory Curse is one of those books that as soon as I started to read I knew was going to be good. Guess what? I was right! While reading I often thought; How did she come up with this? It kind of turns the horror genre sideways. Being a reviewer of almost exclusively indie authors, I'm not surprised when a book is very different from the main stream. Author Renee Lake firmly established her position well up on the shore from the mainstream. I am somewhat familiar with the story of Elizabeth Bathory from those tv shows about evil historic figures. Lake has taken this bit of history and spun a fun (yes fun) story about goddesses, strega & strigoi (never heard of them before), vampires and other scary creatures. The story spans several centuries in the lives, afterlives, and non-lives of the female side of the Bathory family. Along the way, Vlad Dracul and his gang are woven into the story as well. A different take on Dracula to be sure. Not really a "vampire" story in the traditional sense. With all of these "evil" characters to contend with you may expect a very dark and eerie book. Yes, there are those aspects to be sure, but I would not categorize this as a "dark horror" story. It is at its core, a story of love and redemption, but yeah it does take place in the context of a horror setting (go figure).Bad guys enough to make the good guys lives miserable at times. All in all, The Bathory Curse by Renee Lake is a satisfying read that takes a turn through history, mythology, and literature, that you won't quite expect. Enjoy! Mike
Reading this book you are very aware that an extremely creative mind is at work, as we are whisked through time changes, countries and perilous situations. Highly imaginative, the twists of the narrative take us into the bizarrest set-ups – escapes, killings, incest, sex scenes, and cannibalism. Even the introduction is a great piece of intelligent excitement. Nea , the heroine, is projected through the most terrifying series of events. I won’t spoil the story by saying what happens, but we follow her as she strives to put back the clock and redeem her cursed family. This is the substance of true thrillers – the downfall- the fight to get even- the steady ascent despite numerous pitfalls (and associations with ‘dark’ husbands and other undesirables along the way). Quite cleverly, because it’s set in Romania, the author manages to slip Vlad the Impaler (aho actually wasn’t such a bad chap), and Dracula which makes it all sound a bit over the top, but it isn’t, and although at times the plot becomes a little bit convoluted, the author somehow gets it all fitting together satisfactorily. Considering the breadth of time, place and characters in the story, this ixactly’ and s quite an achievement - and we find ourselves cheering Nea on at the end. My only reservation is that very modern expressions such as ‘Not exactly’, ‘What the hell was going on’ and ‘A style very in for evening dresses’ slightly jar, and I’m not sure that buying clothes in the 21st century didn’t seem out of place. Perhaps the author should have stopped the clock in 1899? That apart, it was a breathtakingly exciting read.