Europe's most fearsome prisoner, Vlad Dracula, gifted military commander and one time Prince of Wallachia, the notorious Lord Impaler himself, is about to be released after twelve long years, in order to hold back the tide of Ottoman aggression. The price of his new alliance with his Hungarian captors is the king's cousin Ilona.
Ilona does not wish to be married. In particular, she doesn't wish to marry Vlad. Gentle, faded and impossibly vague, Ilona is hardly fit for court life, let alone for dealing with so difficult a husband.
But Ilona's wishes have nothing to do with Vlad's reputation and everything to do with a lifelong love affair that finally broke her. Ilona's family blame Vlad; Vlad vows to discover the truth and sets out by unconventional means to bring back the woman who once enchanted him. Among court intrigues, international maneuverings and political deceptions, Vlad reveals himself more victim than villain. But he's still more than capable of reclaiming his lost rights to both Wallachia and Ilona; and Ilona, when it counts, has enough strength for them both.
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One of the best books i have read on the subject of Prince Vlad III. It is hard to find books about this enigma of a man that shows both 'inside and out' too many people who write forget that there is multipule sides to every event, they forget that there is never just one reason to an act or event but several, and those reasons are rarely obvious. I don't believe the man did not do bad things but you will not find a person who has not, expecially ones in power. I see that leaders are always blamed for things that happen reguardless if they had some thing to do with the horrid event that might of happened or not. I believe he loved his country to a fault... the fault was that he knew no bounds to bring it to prosparity and while he ment well he did wrong to do good. The small hell for the greater good. But that's just me. The book was great. Any one who enjoyed this would enjoy Paul Doughtrey's "Drakulya" its two books that must be read in order, I can't recall the exact name of both but with the authors name and the odd spelling of Vlad's other name you should find them easy.
I loved this book. It gives you another perspective of the impaler.