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Blood Games Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 1980
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Those who already know that they like vampire novels, anything at all that features a vampire, can skip this review, and likewise, those who hate the whole idea of vampires can skip it. But for those trying to decide whether or not to read more of this genre, or whether the one vampire novel you've already read was a fluke, it may help if we have some ways to categorize these novels. Thus: BunRab's Standard Vampire Elements.Read more ›
I had not read any of Yarbro's tales of Saint-Germain for quite a while and it is a pleasure to come back to them. These stories are a worthy alternative to Anne Rice's tales of Lestat, Louis, Armand, and all the other denizens of her dark world. The world of Saint-Germain is much lighter by comparison, and also contains far more action and intrigue than any of Rice's works (with the possible exception of "The Queen of the Damned"). This does not mean I dislike Rice's books. Quite the contrary, in fact - but Yarbro paints a far less shadowy world than Rice does.
Here we meet one of the great loves of Saint-Germain's long life - Atta Olivia Clemens. She has been horribly abused by her husband, a Senator of the Roman Empire around the time of Nero. To call him a pervert is to make light of his atrocities; in addition he has political ambitions that are almost as sickening as his sexual ones. It is this man, Cornelius Justus Silius, who is Saint-Germain's adversary in this novel, although the two of them do not actually do battle in any true sense of the word - and it is their actions against each other, and events related to those actions, which make up the core of this book.
Along the way Yarbro has much to teach us about vampire lore. There is no mention of the use of a cross - but then again, this novel takes place at the time of Nero, and the Christians were just beginning to make themselves noticed at this time.Read more ›
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I have not finished the book, but all of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's St Germain Novels blend just the right amount of historical fact with fiction, horror and romance. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ronald C Hemenway
I enjoyed this book (reading it when I should have been doing task or chores) and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really like how fast the novel moved along with the historical research that went into it. This was a fascinating time period and Ms Yarbro has done a wonderful job of covering... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Miss Kitty Bit
This was a good book. Full of the romance, intrigue and excitement one expects from a Saint-Germain novel!! It's quite interesting to read a story woven into the history of Rome.Published on February 28, 2013 by T. Moorhead
This is the first book I read about the Saint-Germain character. It is an interesting take on vampires. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Debra Petree
This is the book where it all started. We meet Olivia, Rogerian, and get details about St Germain's early life. The book is very fast paced and an exciting read.Published on February 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The honorable vampire, said to be from Dacia yet not a Dacian, survives the horror of Nero's Rome and the enmity of Romans, Persians, and Greeklings. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Milo of Croton