Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The
is the story of a young woman plunged into a
labyrinth where the secrets of her family''s past connect to an
inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the
Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work
alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an
adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and
dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of
storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has
enthralled readers around the world.
"Never was a ghost story so casually erudite, nor a historical
travelogue such gripping entertainment." ---New York Magazine
"Impossible to resist. . . . Kostova blends fact and fantasy
to remind us that the original Dracula legend is rooted in
monstrous acts of unblinking evil." ---Miami Herald
"A richly told story about family and the dark side of human
nature. . . . This cry of the heart will appeal to readers beyond
those who are drawn by a fascaination with the legend of Dracula."
"Genuinely terrifying." ---Boston Globe
"Nearly impossible to put down once you crack the spine. . . .
It won''t take you long to get to the end." ---Houston