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rdoak03’s #CBR4 review 40: Vlad: The Last Confession by CC Humphreys

Vlad: The Last ConfessionVlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the perspective of this book, as it was told by three very important people in Vlad’s (the “real” Dracula)life: his boyhood friend and right-hand man, his mistress, and his confessor. These three are brought together to construct a compassionate picture of Vlad, one that will hopefully mitigate the negative propaganda that labeled him “the Impaler”.
The story begins with Vlad as a child, captured by a country at war with his native Wallachia. Here begins not only his rich education in history, religion, art and literature, but also his indoctrination into war and torture. The three story-tellers weave over and under each other throughout Vlad’s life, giving us a unique look at the man, his country, surroundings, and decisions. We are horrified and moved by him.
All along, something seems off. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. If you decide to read this book,  there’s a very nice surprise ending waiting for you at the end!

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Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #12: Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Dracula was probably really scary when it was first published, before anyone really knew what vampires were. But in this day and age, we live in a society oversaturated with vampires, and it probably won’t rattle your cage much.

rdoak03’s #CBR4 Review #6: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dived into this massive tome, but I knew I liked The Swan Thieves and wanted to see more from this author. It ended up containing all my favorite things!

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