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This is the story of Vlad Dracul, prince of Wallachia, known as Vlad Tepes (the impaler), or Dracula (Dracul-a) son of the dragon/devil. And it has nothing to do with vampires.
I must say that he was a fascinating man, and a crazy bastard. The author has taken liberties since while Vlad lived and afterwards rumours were spread by his enemies. So Humphreys tried to look at the facts that were known and build his story. The book does not try to make Vlad a hero, but not a madman either. It is his last confession told by those who knew him.
When he was young he was sent to the Turks as a hostage, and there he suffered. So no wonder he started to do crazy things later in life. Back home again he did everything to clean up Wallachia so that people to travel and live in peace. And he also went on crusades to push back the Turks. It's not a pretty story. He and his people could not hold the land alone, so he built his might on fear. And yes he sure liked to impale people. It was to fear or be feared.
It did take me some time to get into the book. I do not know what it was. I just did not connect, but it was when he started to do more crazy things that my interest grew. He was just such a fascinating man, a warrior of Christ, impaler, lawgiver. It was the last half of the book that won me over.
Poor Vlad, Bram Stokers sure did a number on his reputation. Vlad was not the first man to use different methods and there have been far worse people around. It was a fascinating tale about who the real Dracula was. Rich in historical drama and bloody madness.
If you wanna see madness, here it is
The period in history when Vlad was fighting for his throne in the small kingdom of Wallachia (which is now part of Romania) is not exactly noted for it's gentility. The Roman Catholic church was warring with the Greek Orthodox church and the Ottoman Empire was trying to take over them both. Sins could be eliminated by killing the "infidel." So they all went about killing as many infidels as they could.
The book is set up in an interesting way; the three people who knew Vlad best are brought together in a sort of tribunal to tell his tale. To show how his life played out to see if his excesses could be somehow forgiven. To see if his reputation could be repaired. His best friend and right hand man throughout life, his love and his confessor.
The tale starts with Vlad's stay as a hostage in the "care" of Murad where he is taught the way of the Koran and the Turk. It moves through his life and loves and shows the whys of his actions. The author does an excellent job of dealing with the horror of a man who reputedly impaled up to 100,000 people and yet making him still seem somewhat human. Mad, yes but human all the same.
As I said at the beginning it was a hard book to read but one I found I could not put down. The story is very compelling and while I suspected the one part of the ending it still was very satisfying. Mr. 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 an excellent book about a very disturbing man.
The book is set in Poenari Castle five years after Dracula's death. Count Horvathy, a Hungarian, has assembled the three people who knew Vlad's story best: Ion Tremblac, Vlad's childhood friend and right-hand man; Ilona, Vlad's one true love; and Vlad's confessor. The Count, like Vlad a member of the Order of the Dragon, has brought Cardinal Grimaldi to hear the three of them tell their tales in hopes that exposing the Church to Vlad's true story (rather than the rumors and myths spread by his enemies) will restore the honor of the Order of the Dragon.
We don't hear Vlad's story in three separate voices; it's a seamless narration, and the reader is left to guess which of the narrators supplied what details.
As another reviewer mentioned, the author takes liberties with actual events in the service of his story. Still, the average reader will learn something of the real Vlad Tepes, from his adolescence as a hostage to the Turkish Sultan to his family troubles to his three separate reigns to the cruel practices he employed to consolidate his power and impose order in his realm.Read more ›
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One interesting read about one unusual Romaninan ruler, member of the Order of Dragon founded in as I remember in 14 century. Read morePublished 18 days ago by 108
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book was. I'd picked it up for 99 cents and didn't know what to expect, but I recommend this to anyone who is interested in the Vlad... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Angel Fire
I enjoyed this piece of writing. It was more believable and unbelievable at the same time. Thinking I was going to encounter the Dracula of movies and novels I was surprised with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leroy A. Judd
EXCELLANT READ AND HISTORICALLY A GOOD DEPARTURE FROM THE FLUFF ON DRACULA... READ IT !Published 9 months ago by Rhiannon Bloodrayne
Could not put this book down once I started. I did not know anything about the real Vlad prior to reading this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Friendly Ghost
A magical combination of historical accuracy and fantasy with many twists. It is a fast and fascinating read which holds you captive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SLC
An engaging biographical novel of the life of Vlad Dracula that uses an interesting narrative structure to piece together his life story from early adolescence. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Russell E. Watson
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