Based on a real, although mysterious, historical figure, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain Cycle should interest fans of historical fiction and vampire horror or romance or anyone who enjoys a well-written novel (and who doesn't?). Yarbro's fictional Saint-Germain is 3500 years old, from what is now Transylvania, isn't partial to running water or the sun, but isn't destroyed by them either (unless already seriously weakened) and runs around with native soil in his shoes. I enjoy Yarbro's attention to historical detail, as well as her mix of traditional and nontraditional vampire lore. Unlike some authors (yeah, I'm talking about YOU, Stephenie Meyer!) Yarbro creates her own vampire...dogma, I guess you might call it, while she is clearly familiar with vampire fiction from the 19th century, as well as other myths and legends that go even further back.
Chronologically, this series jumps all over the place, so I'm listing them in the order they were published first, and chronologically second. Yarbro has also written 2 other series about 2 of Saint-Germain's lovers, Atta Olivia Clemens and Madelaine de Montalia, both of whom were made vampires by Saint-Germain. I'm including those books on these lists, as well.
1. Out of the House of Life (refers to Saint-Germain's life in Egypt, 1495-523 BC) #10 above 2. Dark of the Sun (refers to Saint-Germain's beginning in the Carpathian Mountains in 2119 BC and the beginning of his vampiric unlife between 2080 & 1949 BC) #23 above 3. Blood Games (Rome circa 68 BC) #3 above 4. Roman Dusk (Rome 218-220 BC) #26 above 5. Burning Shadows (Hungary and Romania, 430s) #30 above 6. Dark of the Sun (Shanghai, 536-545 AD) #23 above 7. A Flame in Byzantium (Atta Olivia Clemens, Constantinople, 546-551) #7 above 8. Come Twilight (Spain, circa 620) #18 above 9. Night Blooming (France, 796-804) #20 above 10. Better in the Dark (Germany, 939-940) #12 above 11. Crusader's Torch (Crusades, 1189-1214) #8 above 12. Path of the Eclipse (Far East, circa 1216) #4 above 13. Blood Roses (South of France, 1345-1388) #16 above 14. A Feast in Exile (India, 1398-1401) #19 above 15. The Palace (Renaissance Florence, 1490-1498) #2 above 16. States of Grace (Reformation, Venice & Amsterdam, 1530-1538) #25 above 17. Darker Jewels (Russia, 1533-1586) #11 18. The Saint-Germain Chronicles (short story “Spider Glass,” 1901, but references 1610) #6 above 19. A Candle for D'Artagnan (Atta Olivia Clemens, France, 1637-1673) #9 above 20. Mansions of Darkness (Peru & Mexico, 1642-1649) #14 above 21. Apprehensions and Other Delusions (short story "Intercession," 1647-1649) #22 above 22. Communion Blood (Rome, 1688-1698) #17 above 23. A Dangerous Climate (Russia, 1704-1706) #28 above 24. Hotel Transylvania (France, 1743-1744) #1 above 25. Borne in Blood (Europe 1817) #27 above 26. Out of the House of Life (Madelaine de Montalia, Egypt, 1824-1828) #10 above 27. In the Face of Death (Madelaine de Montalia, USA, 1845-1860) #24 above 28. The Vampire Stories of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (short story “A Question of Patronage,” 1871) #13 above 29. Writ in Blood (Russia, England, 1910-1912) #15 above 30. Tempting Fate (Russian Revolution and end of WWI, 1917-1928) #5 above 31. Midnight Harvest (mainly USA, 1936-1938) #21 above 32. The Saint-Germain Chronicles (4 stories that take place respectively in 1943, 1953, 1969 and 1977) #6 above 33. Saint-Germain: Memoirs (Ancient Greece to the present) #29 above 34. The Vampire Stories of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (short story “Advocates,” set in a future where vampires rule) #13 above