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Blood Games (Saint Germain S.) (original 1979; edition 2004)

by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Title:Blood Games (Saint Germain S.)
Authors:Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Info:Aspect (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:fiction, vampires, history, ragoczy, st. germain

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Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1979)



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OK. Not enough story, some gratuitous sex.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library. ( )
  juniperSun | Dec 5, 2014 |
Blood Games
Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published In: New York City, NY
Date: 1979
Pgs: 458


The Games in the Circus Maximus are afoot. A mad emperor sits upon the throne. Political infighting is the rule of the day. Sadists, perverts, and the cream of Roman society flow through this book. Sometimes, all three are the same people. A foreign noble walks the streets taking in Rome, living her life. Ragoczy Sanct Germain, vampire, Dacian, he only seeks to live, to see life. He finds himself caught between a deviant Senator and his wife, who is more the object of his perversions than a lover. Nero’s Rome is falling. Chaos reigns. Darkness is falling. Vampires love the dark.

Historical fiction

Why this book:
I originally read this book while in high school. They didn’t realize what they had in that staid, little, prim, conservative library. What they thought was historical fiction about Rome was a vampire story in the Rome of Nero with a sexually deviant Senator at odds with the vampire Ragoczy Sanct Germain Franciscus of Dacia, at war with one another with Roman beauty Atta Olivia Clemens caught between them. When I originally read it, the story left a mark on my soul. I loved it. And when I saw it in the Irving Public Library, I had to get it and reread it.

It is easy to submerge in this book and lose all track of time.


Favorite Character:
Ragoczy Sanct Germain Franciscus of Dacia

Least Favorite Character:
Roman Senator Cornelius Justus Silius. He is so slimy from the way he treats his wife vis-a-vis his perversion to his bearing false witness and trying to get others declared traitor in Nero’s Rome which invariably lead to death.

Nero’s Rome. The city and empire...though mostly just the city, is every bit as much a character in this story as the “flesh and blood” characters are.

After Nero, the reigns of INSERT SHORT TERM EMPEROR’s NAME HERE were all characterized by a failure to reform Rome. Effectively, they got rid of Nero and then continued aspects of his reign over the next three or four short timers.

All the fools who listened to Justus as if he were their friend and trusted him both with their secrets and to advise them.

Character I Most Identified With:
Sanct Germain. He spoke to me in these pages.

The Feel:
There are powerful scenes throughout this story. I’m savoring this book. Some scenes, I’ll read and then set the book aside and consider the scene before coming back to the book at a later time and going on to the next.

Favorite Scene:
When Sanct Germain steps in between the Necredes, the master of the bestiari at the Games, who was about to have Germain’s horsewoman, Tishtry, flogged because she refused to drive her prize horses into the Coliseum to be killed by lions. Germain makes an enemy here. Necredes doesn’t realize how lucky he is to have survived the encounter after having lashed Tishtry.

Sanct Germain, Koroszd, and Aumtehoutep discussing the intrigues of Rome in the year that Nero spent in Greece playing in the Games.

Germain’s intimate moments with Tishtry and Olivia are extremely well done. Very hot. Woof!

Sanct Germain versus the crocodiles during an aquatic venation in the Circus Maximus.

The flow of this story is great. The pace drags a bit when we get into the second half of the book, when the story becomes more about the threats that are gathered against Sanct Germain and the plots of Justus.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
Sanct Germain is a great character. But, in this book, he’s a damned fool. Having lived as long as he has, he should have known the whims of Imperial Roman character. He saw the onrushing storm and chose to ignore it and believe that his preparations were sufficient.

Hmm Moments:
The scenes where Senator Justus Silius is using other men to brutalize his wife as a way for him to attain arousal so that he can “be” with his wife. He uses his perversion as a way to subjugate his wife and provide him with a Roman Empire version of Viagra.

Why isn’t there a screenplay?
There could be. If there were going to be, it seems like the Twilight furor would have been the perfect time. Looks like Lestat and Germain both missed their big chance at a hot vampire movie market.

Casting call:
I would love to see either Sammy Shiek or Mido Hamada as Ragoczy Sanct Germain. Both have the look that I think would be perfect for Germain and the acting chops to do the character justice. Branko Tomovic could fit the role as well.

It’s a shame the Kenneth McMillan isn’t still alive. I think of his Baron Harkonnen, from the movie Dune (1984), and Senator Cornelius Justus Silius sharing a skin. Kevin Spacey could fill the role with enough menace, but I’m not sure he could do slimy to the degree that he would need to.

I would love to see Alexandra Daddario take on the role of Atta Olivia Clemens.

I would love to see Stephen Rea as Nero.

John Malkovich as Galba or Vespasianus.

Last Page Sound:
Justice was served to everyone except Necredes. Really wish he would have gotten his. Still, a truly lovely book and I would love to re-read it again someday. It’s a wonderful immersive book that draws you into its world.

Author Assessment:
Ragoczy Sanct Germain was Lestat before Lestat was Lestat. Yarbro writes with great feeling. You can feel what her characters feel.

Editorial Assessment:
This story is very well put together.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
real classic

Disposition of Book:
Irving Public Library

Would recommend to:
everyone ( )
  texascheeseman | Oct 30, 2014 |
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To the man now calling himself Ragoczy Saint-Germain Franciscus, the servant of Imhotep sends his greetings.
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