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First, I love Anne Stuart and “The Demon Count” is vintage Stuart. She creates such a dark and scary atmosphere in this book that I was captivated. She also plays with the reader and the characters in such a way that we start to question what we are reading. She has so many plots going on in this book that I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what is real? What is really going on? I think Stuart is brilliant in that aspect.
Her characters were also vintage. Charlotte Morrow is basically and orphan and goes to live with her guardian in Venice, Count Luc del Zaglia or the Demon Count as Charlotte refers to him. Del Zaglia could care less about his ward but accepts her into his home regardless. Charlotte is very naive. I do have to say that this book was originally written in the 80’s and there is the typical naïve heroine with the sinister –controlling hero. But I really enjoyed it. I can’t give away too much away because it would ruin the book, but I loved how Stuart played the different plots. When Charlotte arrives to live with her guardian, Venice is terrified of the “Ghoul of Venice.” He is a Jack the Ripper type villain. Del Zaglia is a prime suspect because of his very eccentric lifestyle. That and he was rumored to have killed his first wife. Since Charlotte is new to Venice and does know Del Zaglia she is terrified and intrigued at the same time about who Del Zaglia really is or what he is.
Del Zaglia is a typical Stuart hero. He is dark and has very witty and almost crazy comments to make to Charloette. I really enjoyed his character. Charlotte is young, beautiful and rich and has many suitors around her. But her heart doesn’t belong to any of them.
The second story is “The Demon Counts Daughter.” This story centers on Charlotte and Del Zaglia’s daughter- Lucinda de Zaglia. Luciana is nothing like her mother. Where Charlotte was young and naïve Lucinda is strong and in control. She travels back to Venice to her father’s old home. Her purpose in returning is very closely intertwined with her father’s old life (which I will not give away). Lucinda sets her eyes on Evan Fitzpatrick. Although Evan doesn’t want anything to do with her Lucinda is not easily deterred. Evan is not considered respectable because he is a divorced man. Overall, both these stories were really interesting and I was eager to see both stories unfold. Although the Demon Count is darker and almost gothic, The Demon Count’s Daughter is lighter and more of a romance/spy story.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Historical Romance.
These two stories were fun to read, they reminded me of the books I’d read as a teen, Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy etc.. a bit of romance, a bit of mystery and lots of local colour. I loved the Venetian setting, I felt I was there, back in time among the old buildings and canals. I’ve seen comments that question whether a young lady could/would travel alone in that time. For me I’m not too worried about the reality of facts like that so long as they lead to a fun story, and it does. I like Carlotta ( so much nicer that Charlotte, more romance about it) and the way she was just too inquisitive for her own good. Luc, well he was a real man of mystery and it doesn’t take too many guesses to work out where he stands, but Carlotta is taken in by the rumours, is he the murderer, is he a vampire, is he an enemy to England...and for an impressionable and inquisitive young lady its a puzzle she can’t let pass. I loved Patrick the cat, even wondered whether he was more than he seemed Winking smile at times.
The second story didn’t quite grab me the same way, it was fun and felt similar to the first in that it was reminiscent of past novels but the story itself didn't quite fit with me. I think its the characters, in the first book I was really into them – they seemed very clear cut and maybe I got spoiled a bit – perhaps some distance before I read book two would have been better. I really wanted more Luc and Carlotta not the next generation, I wasn’t ready to leave them.
Stars: three and a half. They were fun to read but no something I’d re read.
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Edit: After reading the books and writing my review I noticed these were originally published in 1980. That accounts for why they felt so reminiscent of books I read back then....but tastes change, and they do feel a little dated compared to todays market. Still, a gentle romance with some history and colour colour added and they were fun and easy read.