- Paperback: 494 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (September 13, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452890056
- ISBN-13: 978-1452890050
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,035,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is 1628, Vienna, and the aging Lady Amara Borbala has collapsed before fulfilling her promise to complete the historical truth about her life long companion, the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory. In her last entry before her illness Amara writes, "It'd been nearly 130 years since Vlad Tepes arranged the secret agreement. Was it truly possible that the kin of an ancient advisor was still carrying out the contact, or would we be sadly disappointed by a ruined and forgotten plan? In book two, the journey of the rise and demise of one of history's most intriguing noble female murderers continues. Come following Elizabeth and Amara through the canals of Venice and high into the Carpthaian Mountains to discover the inevitable. How the story of the Blood Countess ends!
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“You do not believe the allegations were true? Kate asked.
“Oh, it isn’t for me to judge! History says it is so, so what is a person to do?”
I had an affinity with Amara and appreciated her desire to tell her side of a story no one else knew. I liked how the story was about the Countess and yet not entirely. I also enjoyed how realistic the setting was. Although, I’ve never been to Venice, it was apparent Courtland had been. I could feel Amara's world in her words.
Hidden Will of the Dragon is told in flashbacks by narrator Amara, who is lady in waiting to Elizabeth, otherwise known as the Blood Countess. The twist to the history is that Amara is providing some explanation for Elizabeth's behavior, which rumors to include torture and murder.
Once again, the characters practically come to life. Charlie Courtland is a masterful storyteller, managing to weave emotion into her characters. Amara and Elizabeth in turn evoked emotion from me. I really enjoyed this retelling of Elizabeth Bathory. I not only liked the journey, but I liked the ending as well.