Type: Vampire Romance
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Countess Katerina Vaduva roams Eastern Europe as a vampire for nearly six hundred years experiencing the horrors of mortal man – wars, plagues, genocide and torture. For centuries, she seeks shelter and security in the castles of counts and sultans.
When her husband the Count of Slovakia passes, she pursues a new life with a colonel in the Prussian military. While her husband quests victory at battle, Katerina desires a Naturalist scientists who seduces her with knowledge and a greater understanding of herself, for this she will risk everything for the one thing she never had – immortal love and the pursuit of progress.
Review by 2shay
This story took me by surprise. I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, and I love vampire stories. This one is really different. Katerina is a 600 year old vampire with some of the powers and abilities of the typical fictional vampire. She also has some of the problems. The blood lust, of course, and she can’t be seen in a mirror. Other than that, this isn’t a typical vampire story at all.
It is so atypical that I’m not quite sure what to think. This story is more of an essay, or rather a comparison, a study of human inhumanity to other humans. Is a vampire who needs blood to live and takes lives of the desperate, the lonely, the hopeless really more monstrous that an army that conscripts young men, rips them from their families for near certain death on a battlefield? That’s only one of the important questions explored by this author.
The author examines the role of religion in instilling fear and superstition into the minds and hearts of the uneducated masses. I was particularly moved by her descriptions of a mob willing to kill a vampire who had lived among them for years without doing harm, while tolerating an army that had just invaded and conquered their country.
This is a very smart book. Thoughtful and insightful. I had a few issues. There were a few too many scenes of Katerina wandering in the forrest, basking in her ability to change locations with a single thought. There was a bit too much of Seigred’s ruminations over his experiments. My worst issue though was over the poorly formatted copy I received for review. In two different places, whole chapters were repeated, leaving me searching to see if chapters were missing. I don’t think there were missing chapters, but it interrupted the flow of the story badly.
Over all, I enjoyed this story, and I think many of you will too. Pick up a copy and…