- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writ In Blood: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain (St. Germain) Paperback – May 15, 1998
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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.
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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Saint-Germain's efforts are thwarted by the arms manufacturers and the arms brokers; particularly at this time because they see big profits in the growing trouble in the Balkans. Saint-Germain is followed wherever he goes and several devious plots where they try to discredit Saint-Germain are developed. There are, also, ugly rumors and attempts on his life as it is perceived that the Count may be making progress. In one desperate attempt, his enemies kidnap Saint-Germain's current lover; the circumstances and rescue are spell binding.
It is interesting to find our 4000 year old vampire in the 20th Century; he adapts so well, his wealth is staggering and he has his long time (2000 years) servant and friend Roger to help and watch over him. He is still viewed with suspicion and as a foreigner but he is unperturbed. For all of his years, he takes a keen and kindly interest in the people of the age and he gives large amounts of money to the Arts and hospitals. He is attractive to women and while this attraction is ultimately necessary to his survival he cares for his "lovers" very much. Some interesting comparisons of Count Saint-Germain and Count Dracula are made by Saint-Germain who, in this time, has met Braham Stoker and has read his novel.
This is another very well researched story with fascinating characters. The title, "Writ In Blood" refers to how history is written. I am happy that there are still more that that I can read and enjoy.
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.
If you're a fan of traditional vampire fiction, you may or may not be disappointed in these stories; there is none of the struggle with the evil "inherent in the vampiric nature" that one finds in most vampiric fiction, notably the Anne Rice vampires. Saint-Germain is an unabashed hero, neither a sympathetic villain nor an anti-hero. He has lived 4000 years, and outgrew that silliness in the time of ancient Egypt. (Bits of this were seen in the aforementioned "Out of the House of Life".) The villains in this book (and in most of the books in this series) are mortals, and they are responsible for whatever "horror" elements that there are in the plot.
If, on the other hand, you enjoy historical romance, and don't automatically reject the concept of a vampire as the hero and main character, you should truly enjoy this entire series, and particularly this book.