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Title:Blood roses : a novel of Saint-Germain
Authors:Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Info:New York : Tor, 1998.
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Tags:01/02/2008, BkB4, $15.95, trade pb, vampire fiction,

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Blood Roses by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro



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Vampire stuff for history lovers. The author has an mazing knowledge and detail about 14th century Europe, but almost too much of it. As they say in the historical fiction biz, "the notecards are showing." I'm found the characters kind of wooden, and the book isappointing, considering the rave reviews. So in truth, I didn't finish it. ( )
  seschanfield | Mar 7, 2016 |
A noval of the vampire Saint Germain series. Takes place in France in the 14th century during the plague. It is so boring. I had to force myself to finish it. Such a disappiontment, since her other books are so good. ( )
  vampyredhead | Jan 9, 2006 |
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"...these Swellings be...Tokens of the Black Plague the which the French do sometime call Blood Roses...."
Anonymous fifteenth-century English broadsheet
Gahan Wilson
on behalf of the Count
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Text of court records for the village of Orgon, near Avignon, submitted on 18 October 1345.
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's epic of the vampire Ragoczy, the Count Saint-Germain (including Mansions of Darkness, Darker Jewels, and Writ in Blood) has slowly gathered a dedicated readership, while each installment has garnered increasing critical praise. For new readers, Blood Roses is perhaps the most accessible in the series. In 14th-century France, Saint-Germain is caught amidst the devastation of the Black Plague. Though he is unaffected by the disease, his resistance draws the suspicion of each new town he visits--even as he uses ancient Egyptian healing techniques to save lives. Yarbro's impressive novel offers the flavor of the late Middle Ages while flawlessly integrating the elements of horror and the supernatural that mark this eloquent series. One wonders, for example, if the letters and documents that Yarbro integrates into the text are embellishments of the real. But, as with all the Saint-Germain novels, the most satisfying aspect of the narrative is the author's complex rendering of her central character. With the exception of Anne Rice, few writers have as effectively captured the wearied soul of a being living through the great expanse of human history. --Patrick O'Kelley

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The Comte de Saint-Germain is living in relative peace and prosperity in the village of Orgon in fourteenth-century France. He has won a grudging acceptance from the local populace, who are uneasy with his strange and foreign ways but appreciative of his generosity. But a new threat has upset the precarious balance: Plague has come to France, and the people's fear turns to xenophobia. To avoid the scrutiny that could reveal his true nature, Saint-Germain must flee. However, his travels drive him deeper into the heart of the Black Death--and danger.… (more)

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