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I m not normally a fan of horror Not that I don t like the genre, but I just never really found an author or horror novel that really made me want to findbooks in the same genre.Then I read The Historian and found that horror can be aboutthan just shock moments and blood That book melded historical fiction one of my favorite types of fiction with vampire lore and myths about Dracula and yeilded a book that s one of my favorite reads to date recommended the Family Dracul bo I m not normally a fan of horror Not that I don t like the genre, but I just never really found an author or horror novel that really made me want to findbooks in the same genre.Then I read The Historian and found that horror can be aboutthan just shock moments and blood That book melded historical fiction one of my favorite types of fiction with vampire lore and myths about Dracula and yeilded a book that s one of my favorite reads to date recommended the Family Dracul books after I rated the Historian highly and reviewed it And I m glad I came across this book Similar to the Historian in a way which is primarily told through a bunch of letters that is found by the story s main character over the course of time , Covenant With The Vampire is told as a series of diary entries written by decendants of Vlad Dracula.Most everybody that s even remotely familiar with the Dracula legend knows some of his true history as well as the folklore How he sold his soul in order to live beyond the grave, using the blood of the living to grant himself immortality and power This book expands on an already rich and interesting subject It delves deeper into that pact and how it would affect generations of Draculs for centuries As it happens chronologically, this book takes place BEFORE Bram Stoker s DraculaThe book is quite addicting Reading the characters experiences and horrors in the first person via a series of diary entries really sucks you in as a reader and makes the horrors, loss and experiences all thepowerful I really couldn t put this book down after I started it Definetly what I d call a pleasant surprise and highly recommended Well, Kalogridis writes an entertaining vampire story It was a quick read that kept my interest throughout It s so nice when you find authors that are good at keeping vampire storiesbelievable, rather than just coming off as corny I liked the little bit of historical information weaved into the narrative not quite as in depth as Kustova s The Historian, but still nicely done I find that exploring the origins of various superstitions throughout history adds to the depth of the tale Well, Kalogridis writes an entertaining vampire story It was a quick read that kept my interest throughout It s so nice when you find authors that are good at keeping vampire storiesbelievable, rather than just coming off as corny I liked the little bit of historical information weaved into the narrative not quite as in depth as Kustova s The Historian, but still nicely done I find that exploring the origins of various superstitions throughout history adds to the depth of the tale and makes itcreepy When I started this one, I didn t realize it was the beginning of a trilogy, so looks like I have another series to complete My favorite book by my favorite author of all time I simply could not put this book down It read like music to me and when I was finished I emailed the author She and I wrote back and forth several times and she was not only kind and geniune, but offered me sage writing advice that helped me in my own writing career 3.7 stars Is there anythinghorrible than death Jeanne KalogridisIn my search for the Scariest Vampire Novels Ever , this book popped up on my radar Published in 1995, Covenant With the Vampire is an old school novel with a gorgeous touchy feely cover The year 1845 Prequel to Dracula, told via diary entries by Dracula s descendants Kalogridis s writing echoes late 19th century Gothic However, a discerning eye can tell it s not authentic 19th century prose Fans of Elizabeth K 3.7 stars Is there anythinghorrible than death Jeanne KalogridisIn my search for the Scariest Vampire Novels Ever , this book popped up on my radar Published in 1995, Covenant With the Vampire is an old school novel with a gorgeous touchy feely cover The year 1845 Prequel to Dracula, told via diary entries by Dracula s descendants Kalogridis s writing echoes late 19th century Gothic However, a discerning eye can tell it s not authentic 19th century prose Fans of Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian should definitely check out Kalogridis s vampire yarn There s a slow stretch half way through the novel that crippled the pace, but the last 80 pages made the book worth the candle Not near as creepy as Bram Stoker s Dracula Genuine feelings of dread and terror didn t descend down and around until the last 80 pages I m sure Kalogridis tried to scare me earlier, but it didn t work Kalogridis described scary stuff However, her prose didn t transfer terrifying feelings to me Sensual sex scenes seemed tacked on Arkady, his wife Mary, and his sister Zsuzsanna s diary enteries dovetail too perfectly, as if they were a well rehearsed profession wrestling tag team Gothic vampire fans should bump my rating to 4.4 stars Good, but nonessential addition to any vampire or horror collection [ Read Pdf ] ♴ Covenant with the Vampire ☰ A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula s great nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great uncle s estateand his appetite Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original More erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker s Dracula At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vald s great nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great uncleuntil he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role It seems that either he provides his great uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture And it is in his blood When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means death Coming home terrifying Disciples Literal New Testament incredibly accomplished first novel Thủy tiên đã cưỡi cá chép vàng đi this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time Viimeinen ruusu (Renate Kress, Dracula Spirou und Fantasio (BILD-Comic-Bibliothek, focuses on Dracula s great nephew Europe who inherits the job of managing his great uncle s estateand his appetite Written in diary form as Dracula is Reason and Romance (River Valley, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original More erotic than Anne Rice Neurologische Arbeiten, Vol. 2 Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker s Dracula At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh Τηλεπικοινωνιακά συστήματα also known as Dracula Geek Pray Love Vald s great nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great uncleuntil he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role It seems that either he provides his great uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture And it is in his blood When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps The Unholy Servants he knows that he must fight Dracula سیر تحول عکاسی even if it means death I ve tended to shy away from vampire fiction in recent years although I am a huge fan of the original Dracula by Bram Stoker and stories that take place in a similar vein no pun intended In other words, I enjoy the historical fiction aspects of Dracula, vampire lore, etc muchso than the blood guts, sexual innuendo love triangles etc that seem so common today.This novel is the first of a trilogy and fits my preferences very well It takes place over the course of just a few weeks in 18 I ve tended to shy away from vampire fiction in recent years although I am a huge fan of the original Dracula by Bram Stoker and stories that take place in a similar vein no pun intended In other words, I enjoy the historical fiction aspects of Dracula, vampire lore, etc muchso than the blood guts, sexual innuendo love triangles etc that seem so common today.This novel is the first of a trilogy and fits my preferences very well It takes place over the course of just a few weeks in 1845, which is actually about 50 years before the Dracula story occurs It s told from the first person POV of three separate individuals, Arkady Tsepesh, his young and pregnant bride Mary, and his sister, Zsuzsanna Tsepesh It is through their detailed diary entries that the entire novel is presented and that method works very well for it allows the reader to access their innermost thoughts when they are confronted with evidence of the impossible It also allows the characters to sneak in and read the others diaries to gain a better foothold on what is happening and convince themselves that they aren t going mad The story takes a deep dive into the history of Vlad Dracul and the family tree as Arkady returns from England to his Carpathian home to bury his deceased father But it is his uncle Vlad that begins the real horror of the story as it becomes evident who he really is The pact or covenant that the family Dracul has with the local village population to protect them from the strigoi also plays center stage What follows is pure vampire horror in the traditional gothic horror style as Arkady and his loving wife struggle in a war for their very souls.I liked the writing style of the novel as it is very similar to the original Stoker style, reading like Victorian age literature It drips with authenticity and while I am certainly no expert on all things Transylvanian, the language, the visual tapestry that the words paint, the place names and family names it all seems perfect The ending, to me, seemed a little abrupt as a very long build up nose dived off the cliff to a very quick conclusion I would have preferred a littlemeat to this part but, perhaps that is just me wishing the book wasn t over yet Nevertheless, it does set up the second book and the very real possibility that the plot may move to England.I will eagerly turn my attention to the next two books of the trilogy This book started off well, but I found myself liking it less as it went on Everything seemed like a rehash of Stoker s novel and the events progressed in pretty similar ways The history of the Tepes line incorporated into an early conversation was very interesting, although anyone who has read The Historian will be treading familiar ground One thing the author did very well was build atmosphere The only thing I remember wishing was different about Stoker s novel was the time spent by Hark This book started off well, but I found myself liking it less as it went on Everything seemed like a rehash of Stoker s novel and the events progressed in pretty similar ways The history of the Tepes line incorporated into an early conversation was very interesting, although anyone who has read The Historian will be treading familiar ground One thing the author did very well was build atmosphere The only thing I remember wishing was different about Stoker s novel was the time spent by Harker in Transylvania I would ve liked to readabout his time in Dracula s realm and that is something this novel provides, although we have a different protagonist If you read it on a dark and stormy night like I read Stoker s novel for the first time there might be actual frights in there somewhere Reading by the bedside lamp though, what you get is a story that is slow to start off, has too many familiar elements and no actual frights Kostova s Dracula was creepier I found the sensuality to be a little forced too The scene in the original Dracula where Harker meets the Count s wives is sensual yet creepy Similar scenes in this book are just plain sensual and feel tacked on Thankfully, J.K didn t go the stupid Twilight way with vampires, which I find that extremely silly and annoying This Dracula is still menacing, although Kostova did a better job at potraying a prince who lived through centuries of change Stoker s novel remains the best one on Dracula, if only for having better pacing The author does a good job of creating atmosphere and mood However, through the first 300 pages the story unfolds maddeningly slowly, then she crams so many developments into the last 50 pages that your head will spin The ending seemed rushed and contrived And then to find out that the whole book is just the set up for the sequel made me want to scream I have learned something about myself Apparently, I like my vampires to be self loathing and relatively harmless Which means I like Anne Ri The author does a good job of creating atmosphere and mood However, through the first 300 pages the story unfolds maddeningly slowly, then she crams so many developments into the last 50 pages that your head will spin The ending seemed rushed and contrived And then to find out that the whole book is just the set up for the sequel made me want to scream I have learned something about myself Apparently, I like my vampires to be self loathing and relatively harmless Which means I like Anne Rice s Lestat and Stephenie Meyer s Cullens, but beyond that I m not a big vampire fan In other words, I want the superhero, not the bad guy This series is excellent It captures a historical voice, but doesn t waste words or time This series makes Bram Stoker s Dracula looks like just a ring on the hand of an exotic princess So many things that didn t make sense, make sense now I enjoy all three books, the original Dracula and Coppola s movie so much This book is another pseudo Abyss title It was published right around the time the imprint began to lose steam, and it was horror, but it lacks the Abyss logo and name I remember getting it when the imprint was still in existence, though, so I added this title to my Abyss project.As for the book itself, it s not that bad Kalogridis style is easy without being simplistic, and the story she tells is engaging Her characterization skills are good, and while she doesn t re use any of the main ch This book is another pseudo Abyss title It was published right around the time the imprint began to lose steam, and it was horror, but it lacks the Abyss logo and name I remember getting it when the imprint was still in existence, though, so I added this title to my Abyss project.As for the book itself, it s not that bad Kalogridis style is easy without being simplistic, and the story she tells is engaging Her characterization skills are good, and while she doesn t re use any of the main characters from Dracula, she does, of course, include the count himself, and she writes him so that he matches the original character My biggest issue with the book is that, even though it s not explicitly re telling the story of Dracula, the thread of the plot is nearly identical to that of the original book It s even told in an epistolary way though restricted to diaries of the principle characters.I wasn t thrilled with the ending, not because it didn t belong, but because it happened so suddenly, and a critical plot point was resolved off screen What should have been an up close and personal account of one character s choices is relegated to a line or two in the last few paragraphs of the book I know this is the first in a trilogy planned, at that , but for all the attention Kalogridis paid to other people s emotions during critical choices, she didn t put much in that one, which struck me as being the most critical for that character.Even if I weren t committed to finish all the Abyss and Abyss related books, I would still read the rest of this series, because I like the way Kalogridis writes I can see fans of the original Dracula, and fans of Anne Rice s vampires, also liking the book