The Historian: [a novel]

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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.
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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Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian 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.
“Part thriller, part history, part romance...Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous tale to tell.” —Baltimore Sun
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Budapest (Hungary) -- Fiction
Europe, Eastern -- Fiction
Horror fiction
Istanbul (Turkey) -- Fiction
Occult fiction
Vampires -- Fiction
Vlad -- III, -- Prince of Wallachia, -- 1430 or 31-1476 or 7 -- Fiction
title_displayThe Historian
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The historian [CD sound recording] : [a novel] / Elizabeth Kostova
title_shortThe Historian
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Historical Fiction
Romance
Thriller
Vampires
Vlad