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Writ In Blood: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain (St. Germain) Paperback – May 15, 1998

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 10 of 25 in the Saint-Germain Series

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This is Yarbro's eighth novel centering on her vampire, Count Ragoczy Saint-Germain (see, for instance, Charity, Colorado, LJ 2/15/94). He has been in many places throughout his long unlife and has usually held an influential station owing to his terrific wealth, intelligence, and diplomatic skills. The setting for this book is Europe between the years 1910 and 1912. War seems imminent, but Russian Czar Nicholas II has a plan that could bring peace. He asks Saint-Germain to visit his uncle Edward VII of Great Britain and his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany to propose an agreement that would reduce arms production. Saint-Germain agrees. Although he knows success is unlikely, he has always worked for the cause of peace. He is, after all, a vampire with a conscience. Much is happening on the European stage at this time, and Yarbro does a credible job of making sense of the often Byzantine intrigues. Recommended for public libraries.?Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, Md.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The vampire Count Saint-Germain undoubtedly founded his creator's fortunes, and Yarbro is now an expert at giving the count's fans what they expect. By no means, however, is she writing the same book again and again. In this one, set in 1912, Saint-Germain is on an ultrasecret diplomatic mission to establish an arms agreement among Russia, England, and Germany. He encounters incredulous politicians, arms dealers, spies, counterspies, and just plain enemies (not all of them human). There is enough intrigue to fill a book half again as long--certainly enough to defeat Saint-Germain, despite his best efforts and the solaces of a young Englishwoman and a Russian countess. However often defeated, Saint-Germain yet slogs grimly on across the pages of history. As long as Yarbro's scholarship and craftsmanship are up to their usual standards, readers will follow. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: St. Germain (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Trade Pbk. Ed edition (May 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312864809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312864804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm a great fan of St. Germain and am delightedly reading my way thru his history. However, this book set in the years prior to the outbreak of World War I and the Russian Revolution, took several weeks and sittings to read. The Count, as always, is a fascinating, enigmatic, lonely and compelling figure, but the convoluted political intrigue, back-stabbings (literally and figuratively) and arms control machinations slowed down the plot. For a dedicated St. Germain fan, however, the book was an interesting addition because it is set just a few years prior to the much better "Tempting Fate." Several of the peripheral characters and subjects (Russian revolution, the effect of war on children, political changes in Europe) are introduced in "Writ in Blood" and continued in the later book. All in all interesting, but slow.
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Format: Paperback
Or eleventh, if you count "Out of the House of Life", which is primarily a spinoff novel about Madeline de Montalia (former lover and vampiric "childe" of Saint-Germain), but which does include some flashback scenes to some of Saint-Germain's early history.
Or fourteenth, if you also count "A Flame In Byzantium", "Crusader's Torch", and "A Candle For d'Artagnan", the spinoff series about Atta Olivia Clemens, an earlier lover and vampiric "childe".
This book is set in the years leading up to the first world war, roughly 1910-1913. As such, it ends only a few years prior to the events in the fifth book in the series, "Tempting Fate". It is one of the most enjoyable books in the series to read; the early books (Hotel Transylvania", "The Palace", and "Blood Games") were not as well written as most of the later ones, being more historical-romance bodice rippers than serious literary efforts, but they had the advantage of being enjoyable reading, with stories in which the hero succeeds in rescuing the damsel in distress. Starting with the fourth book in the series, "Path of the Eclipse", we have had a long run of stories in which Saint Germain has had relatively little success in that regard, and the stories, while frequently very powerful, were something of a downer to read. Finally in this book, we see what Yarbro can do with the action hero plot now that she's grown as a writer; the plot is much more similar in tone to her early efforts, but far better written. For one thing, her villains are far more three dimensional and far less cardboard cutouts than they were in those books, particularly the first.
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By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What a joy! Ms. Yarbo gets better and better. This is my favorite St. Germain novel to date. The Baron Von Wolfgast is as nasty a villain as I've seen. When Anne Rice has lost her skill, Ms. Yarbro surpasses it on every outting. The Count St. Germain is a thrilling hero and when you figure in that the man was a real historical figure who it was supposed was immortal ... well ... I don't care if I ever read Lestat again as long as I always have the Count. Go buy this book and then go buy the other 13(?) sequels/prequels. Let's hope that the publisher re-releases all the out-of-print books. There's at least one that I've never read and it kills me. THESE ARE FANTASTIC!! The historical aspects, the pace, the characters, the story .... <sigh> Burn my library, but leave me these books. Writ in Blood? You bet!!
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By LakePen on December 9, 2011
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This piece of literature is a nice read, with interesting characters. The portrayal of the Count is engaging, but I give the book 3 stars for lack of editing. The author's passive voice, run-on sentences and convoluted syntax makes it difficult to follow and adds thickness to an otherwise enjoyable story. I applaud the author's imaginative approach to her subject.
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Another well reseached and written chapter in the life of Saint-Germain. As always the chronicler avoids the use of additional sex and/or violence (there is enough in the facts and the era) - the plot line is clear and the character has been built up over the series. This series will remain a classic.
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If you're into the politics of Europe before World War I, you would probably like this book. I did learn that Serbia had a large influence in the start of the war from this book, but I thought too much of the book was devoted to politics. I think it highly unlikely that a vampire would involve itself in a high profile position. I would suggest reading this book to Saint Germain fans, but to would be fans, I would suggest reading the books about Saint Germain in the order they were published. I thought the book was not as good as the others, but if you are a fan, you will enjoy it anyway. I did like the way the book Dracula was woven into the story. That was a nice touch. I give this book three stars, but four stars to fans of Ms. Yarbro.
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Format: Hardcover
-Writ in Blood- is by far the lightest of the Saint-Germain novels. Particularly when compared to -Mansions of Darkness-. It was fun to see Saint-Germain trying to out-politic Germany and England. It was also a nice change to see Saint-Germain able to relax with a lover. Both of his women were likeable. The only bad thing about this book is that "Tempting Fate" is only a couple of years in WiB's future. So I read the entire book with the feeling that something awful was about to happen. BTW, if anyone knows what the Opus number of Chopin's "Winter Wind" is, email me. Please.
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