Ambitious in its scope and provocative in its content, the saga of the undying Count Saint-Germain is a monumental feat of the imagination.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's novels have powerfully captured Saint-Germain throughout his long existence, from the temples of Ancient Egypt to our present century.
Now, on the verge of the First World War, Saint-Germain accepts a top-secret assignment from Czar Nicholas of Russia to deliver one last proposal for peace to the crowned heads of Europe. But powerful men plot against Saint-Germain--and may use his love for a talented young artist against him.
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's interests range from music--she composes and has studied seven different instruments as well as voice--to history, from horseback riding to needlepoint. Her writing is similarly wide-ranging; under her own name and pseudonyms, she has written everything from westerns to mysteries, from science fiction to nonfiction history.
Yarbro's critically-acclaimed historical horror novels featuring the Count Saint-Germain, including Hotel Transylvania, A Feast in Exile, Communion Blood, and Night Blooming, have a loyal readership. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has always lived in California and currently makes her home in the Berkeley area.
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.
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