Night Blooming

Night Blooming

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Night Blooming 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Ms. Yarbro. I became a fan of the Counts quite a few years ago, and have been thoroughly impressed by each novel since. It was hard to find a lot of the earlier, out-of-print stories (before the internet, kids), and I am so glad to see that she has found a distributor who will reissue Hotel Transylvania and beyond, so that others can get up to speed on this remarkable character. Some of the books are a little slow (and this one is at times), but it's worth the slower pace to be able to step into a period in time (long long ago and far far away, usually) and feel like you are there! The Count is such a well-fleshed out character, as are his consorts Roger, Olivia, and Madeleine, that it's not hard to visualize each scene, each emotion, each drama. I have also been able to get my hands on some of Ms. Yarbro's other works, and can say that the excellent writing is not just limited to this series. "Ariosto" and "Godforsaken" were very imaginative and very well-written, and "Taji's Syndrome" was in-line with something Michael Crichton might have some up with (that's a complement, if anyone's wondering). For the new reader, start with "Hotel Trans." and work your way forward, but don't try to do a time-line with the series. Just enjoy the trip and a character who has not aged either in fiction or in our fascination with him. Hopefully Ms. Yarbro will keep the good Count hopping for years to come. Perhaps a story in modern-day? Could be interesting to see him deal with the information-age.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 796 Gaul, Karl-lo-Magne (Charlemagne) has summoned Europe¿s finest minds to attend him in an attempt to resurrect the Roman Empire. Karl-lo-Magne discusses rare maps with one of the scholars, Rakoczy, whose vast knowledge and strange practices makes His Highness question what the Count is, but he still bestows favors and property on the "foreigner". Nearby at about the same time, albino Gynethe Mehaut visits a convent seeking help with her constant bleeding palms. The local church is divided between her representing divine benediction and the Antichrist. Proving his leadership ability by placing the monkey on someone else¿s shoulders, Karl-lo-Magne dispatches Rakoczy to escort Gynethe to the Vatican so Pope Leo III will have to deal with the problem. As the duo travels south avoiding sunlight for different reasons, they form a deep passion for one another, but to save her life, Rakoczy must defy the two most powerful mortals in the world: the monarch and the pope. As expected with a Count Rakoczy novel, the astute historical background provides a powerful opportunity for the audience to luxuriate in a bygone era. The story line is typical of the long running series yet grips the audience with the feel of the battle for supremacy between the monarch and the pope mostly through the perceptions of the traveling couple. Fans of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and those newcomers who delight in a historical compassionate vampire tale will want to read NIGHT BLOOMING, a robust end of the Dark Ages tale that showcases Rakoczy in top form because his companion brings out the best in him. Harriet Klausner