The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

Little, Brown And Company | June 1, 2005 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Historian is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 8.
To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.

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Published: June 1, 2005

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 075951383X

ISBN - 13: 9780759513839

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Put a stake through its heart, already. Elizabeth Kostova clearly researched this Dracula novel to death. While most books in this genre just scratch the surface, Kostova has dug deep into the dark underworld of vampiric history and come out dripping with unique insights and highly original content. Unfortunately, this A+ academic research is then mixed with a B- story line. The plot does, admittedly, grab you off the top, and propels you on a wild and suspenseful ride. The problem is that, much like old Vlad himself, the book just keeps going and going and going. All the historical esoterica, sight-seeing tours across a half-dozen countries, and in-depth trips into old archives soon become monotonous. Similarly, the heroic journeys of the main characters themselves, juggled across multiple timelines, go from being enthralling to tiresome. Worst of all, you can see the ending coming. Like a post-grad dissertation, Kostovo seemed to be padding out the page count and hitting us over the head with the thesis. She and her editor should perhaps have spent less time exploiting the story's new vein of historical facts and more letting the literary aspects gush. Unlike Dracula, we readers do not have all eternity.
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating If you enjoy your vampire stories filled with history, then you'll like this book. At over 900 pages, it's a long read and much of it covers the history of Vlad the Impaler, which I found very interesting. The book tells the story of three generations of historians trying to uncover the truth about Vlad and vampires by following a trail of ancient manuscripts, letters, folklore and clues left by the man himself. It was a bit slow to start, but I flew through it once I got further in.
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so great... I find it boring and tedious-the characters for me are dull--there are many loopholes in the story and a lot of boring conversation. I seen a review that said if you can make it past page 68 that you should be ok but by page 62 I was totally confused and lost interest and havent picked it up since.
Date published: 2010-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from TEDIOUS i don,'t know why but i don't like this book-i find it boring and tedious-the characters for me are dull-i don't know what all the hype is about-there are many loopholes in the story and a lot of boring conversation-and that is too bad as this is a period in history that is far from boring-maybe it is just me
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even if you're not into vampires.... I'm not a vampire person, so I was pleasantly surprised when a friend had me read this. Its fast-paced for all of its 907 pages, which is a feat in itself. And if you've worked in history, you'll appreciate the complete and utter lack of Dan Brown like conjecture. If you hate reading though the length might not be for you.
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Key Page: 168 It's a really hard and really long novel to read...but if you are able to pay great attention to detail and retain what you read then you might like this. It's not really your typical vampire novel, but the concept is so unique and the crazy plot twists will keep you going. Just get past page 168 and your good.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting I will admit I've often fallen victime to a pretty cover and a not so good but I think everyone has at least once or twice. This is not the case with The Historian, the book cover is captivating as the story it holds. Although I'm normally wary of books involving vamires and the big man himself Dracula but if you have interest in either of these legends or The real man Vlad the Impaler then this is a must read book. The haunting stories travels through different decades and crosses continents and I swear you'll not want to put the book down till the very last page. This is the kind of book that haunts even after its over making in almost difficult to move on to the next book you planed to read.
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Historical Thriller I absolutely loved it. Although at times, it could get confusing with all the different characters and settings to keep up with, this book was a late night page turner no doubt. it was fun, imaginative, suspenseful, romantic, and exciting. I really loved this book (keep in mind I'm going to be majoring in history, so of course I'll love a historically based novel).
Date published: 2008-06-02

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The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 1, 2005

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 075951383X

ISBN - 13: 9780759513839

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To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.