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Vampires are popular. It is an irrefutable fact of life (at the moment anyway. Fads are subject to change after all). Vamps are popping up all over the place, mostly in books aimed at young adults (I’ve reviewed quite a few myself) or as part of the Supernatural Romance erotica. Finding a well written horror novel about vampires isn’t that easy anymore.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova falls into a true horror novel. There’s also Dracula, which is just the cherry on top. The Historian is a novel that has three separate storylines, all connected in some manner, connected through old letters and storytelling, and it feeds into one overall, mysterious plot. The plot centres around historians trying to uncover the truth behind the tales of Vlad the Impaler, and if the Dracula myth is more than just a figment of Bram Stoker’s imagination. It beings with finding a book, and that books is what leads to all the questions and the mystery (and some mysterious deaths and disappearances on top of that). The main character, and she is following in her father’s (and his mentor’s) steps, searching for Dracula, and by extension, trying to find her missing mother (the dad is missing at this point as well).

What I like most about this book is that the characters use research methodology that an actual, real life historian would use. It comes across as legitimate field work and research (at least in the context of the story), and that lends a touch of realism to the story, which is given the fact it’s about vampires, is a feat in itself. What adds to that realism is the way that Kostova blends historical fact with her fiction. If anyone was going to able to convince me that Vlad Tepes was really Count Dracula, it would be here.

I will admit, the book was slow at first. I found that the first half drug on and could, at times, could be hard to read. But once I hit a certain point around the middle, everything picked up and kept going at full throttle. If you’re having a tough time getting into the book, just keep going- it’s totally worth it. This is the best Draculas I’ve seen since Stoker’s. Seriously.

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