A novel that sets out to humanize and demythologize Vlad the Impaler...though he's still very naughty.
An unapologetic tale about a man who endured great losses and was driven by intense passion for his country and religion...the novel is aimed much more at readers interested in the historical origins of the Dracula stories than at those looking for another vampire story. As such, it succeeds admirably.
It makes you think harder about what it good, what is evil, and what happens when the two collide and combine within the soul. I love this book. One of the best historical fiction novels I've read. It gets my highest rating and a strong recommendation.
It was a fascinating tale about who the real Dracula was. Rich in historical drama and bloody madness.
The novel moves at a rapid pace, alternating between swashbuckling episodes, poignant relationships, savage encounters, and sins and redemption for them. The final chapters contain more surprises than any reader, even a Cardinal, should ever expect from historical fiction.
A rollicking, bloody, surprising novel of the fifteenth century which, in effect, reinvents Dracula as himself: a driven, vengeful, God-fearing human being.
An incredible story has been woven around the true facts that exist about the frightening but enigmatic leader of Wallachia and the climactic ending is superb.
Hard to put down and impossible to forget...It is a book you can emotionally lose yourself in and let yourself roam deep into the words of the story.
C.C. Humphreys does a fantastic job of bringing Vlad to life. Readers have a lot of preconceived notions where Dracula is concerned and Humphreys pretty much throws all that out and starts over. I loved the way he was able to show Vlad as something more than the monster readers are familiar with.
Vlad: The Last Confession was an interesting and engaging look at the life of Vlad Dracula and how history is shaped by political needs.
What makes a man commit acts of evil? Should this man be forgiven if his motivations were just? All of these questions are posed in the novel, but the answers are left up to the reader. Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys is part history, part epic adventure - an engrossing novel that will surely have you reconsidering other "villains" of the past.
C.C. Humphreys has done an excellent job with opening the Western world's eyes to the hero that Vlad was. This is done through highly researched prose, full of great characters but also through further appendices which provide even more information on Vlad Tepes.
Humphreys writes in a compelling way that brings the character and time to life and even though you want to turn away you also want to know more.
This was a very fascinating read about the life and times of a mad and compelling man. I was sucked into the story and now I want to learn more about Vlad and his younger brother Radu: The Handsome.
This historical and fictional account of the historical 15th century warlord known as "Vlad The Impaler" imagines the man's life through a dialogue-rich narrative that involves Crusaders, castles, Turks and love. The Vlad in Humphreys narrative is very human and shaped by the political climate of his time. And this book never once mentions vampires.
"Vlad" is a must for any fan of historical fiction, or those who want another view on the legend of Dracula.
An exciting, fascinating novel...