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Dandelions In The Garden Paperback – December 7, 2009
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An intriguing and fresh historical fiction novel chronicling the life of the infamous mass murderer known throughout history as the Blood Countess. The Countess Elizabeth Bathory is a descendant of Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as, the Impaler and most notable for being the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. However, I believe it was his ancestor, Elizabeth Bathory, who should get much of the credit for the character's dark immortality. It was she was rumored to have bathed in and drank the blood of virgins in an attempt to preserve her eternal beauty. --Goodreads
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I hate to harshly criticize a newly published writer, as I know how difficult the writing process can be. However, there were also glaring grammatical and logical errors:
1) The book is narrated in present-tense (something that drives me up a wall), and the tense shifts from past to present incorrectly - a glaring mistake that took me out of the fiction.
2) Perspective is skewed. Amara, the narrator, writes down an important scene where, if she heard it, she should have known what was coming. And if she didn't hear it, then how is she writing it in the book? But then she proceeds to not know what's happening. It's very strange. How could the first person narrator have heard this conversation & then not see the result coming down the pipeline beforehand?
3) There was a lack of plot and climax within this first book (supposedly a sequel is coming). I felt wholly dissatisfied at the end.
4) The editor of this book did not do his/her job. Errors were everywhere, and confusing leaps in plot made it difficult to follow at times.
5)I feel like the book didn't reflect history well enough. It's also hard that if you know how history went for Countess Bathory, you know how this book ends.Read more ›
Amara and Elizabeth grow up together rather neglected and have little to no experience with the world outside their domain. They have a governess and pretty much run free and get into trouble. And what kind of trouble do most teenage girls get into? They fall in love. The problem is Elizebeth is not just any ordinary teenage girl, but the countess of Bathory and her marriage to a Count has been arranged. Despite her attempts, she is unable to avoid marrying the "harry ogre" and try she does! Elizabeth has shown a fiery side even before her wedding day and on her wedding night, she finds a new power within herself: the power to get her way. There is no stopping her from that point on. Is Elizabeth evil? She does some bad things, but I wouldn't say she is evil.. not in this take on her life. She simply DOES what we all THINK about, but don't have the courage to do. When servants gossip behind her back, she not only stops it, but ensures it doesn't happen again. Is she sexually promiscuous? Yes, but she desires to CHOOSE her lovers, not bed the man other's chose for her.Read more ›
The novel (Part One of a two-part series) is told from the point of view of an entirely fictional Amara Borbala, a lady-in-waiting to thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Bathory from the age of eleven in 1573 through present-day 1628. Amara decides to tell the story of Elizabeth to John Drugeth, the nineteen-year-old son of Elizabeth's daughter Kate and son-in-law George Homannay Drugeth before his impending marriage.
Elizabeth's infidelity while engaged to her husband, her subsequent marriage, and numerous affairs are explored in an effort to possibly explain her behavior later on. Ms. Courtland's theories explain Elizabeth's mistreatment of servant girls better than the standard blood-bathing/sadomasochistic obsession that most authors accept at face value. The novel ends in 1585, shortly after the birth of Elizabeth's daughter, Anna, and Elizabeth's discovery of the portrait of a certain Wallachian Prince from the previous century who may be related to the Countess.
The only criticism I have is in the editing. There are numerous spelling and grammatical errors that should have been corrected and hopefully will be in subsequent editions. I'm afraid that independent publishing companies depend on computers to be editors and phrases like "Elizabeth and I" are assumed to always be correct when it should read "Elizabeth and me" half of the time.
I still look forward to volume 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am obsessed with Elizabeth Bathory and all things Cachtice. This book offers a more subdued story of Elizabeth's tragic life.Published 8 months ago by Crystal Winters
The many grammatical errors and misuse of vocabulary cast doubt on any authenticity in the story. Makes me wonder about her university creds.Published 22 months ago by Kauluwai
I found this book after reading Johns' _The Countess_ and looking for other historical fictions about Elizabeth Bathory. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Audrey Schoonmaker
Loved it very entertaining. Can not wait to get the next one. And why does my review have to be a certain amount of words?Published 22 months ago by Christine Wallace
I haven't been able to subject myself to finishing this, a real first for me. I addition to the glaring problems already detailed by other reviewers, all of which I agree with, the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is an excellent book that draws you in from the very beginning! You get to see the normal, unfortunate side os Elizabeth Bathroy.Published 23 months ago by Teresa A. Thomas
Boring, boring, boring. There is nothing I like about this book. I am sorry that I purchased the follow-up book prior to reading this one. Now I am out money. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pamela Vicki Linden
I've read 4 or 5 books on the Bathorys and found this the easiest to put down. Maybe it had to do with the focus not being really on Elizabeth but Amara, lady in waiting. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by DPod