Better in the Dark (St. Germain)
ISBN: 0312859783 Global Overview for this book
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From the cover -
Here at last is a long-hinted-at chapter in the undead existence of the immortal Count Saint-Germain: the story of Ranegonda of Saxony, one of the three great loves of Saint-Germain's life.
937 A.D. The Saxon fortress of Leosan is under the almost unheard-of rule of a woman. The Gerefa of the fortress has become a monk, leaving his sister, Ranegonda, to rule in his name as best she can - and to deal with his embittered, headstrong wife as well. Into this tense and dire situation comes Saint-Germain. Shipwrecked on the Baltic shore, near the true death, he is found by Ranegonda, whom he will come to love for the gift of blood she gives him, and for her own indomitable spirit.
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I've enjoyed the "Saint-Germain" series since the first book,Hotel Transylvania, set in 18th-century Paris; the mix of historical detail with perilous adventure and occasional steamy romance is an effective one. [The books jump around in time, so if you're devoted to reading a series in order you'll have to decide whether to read these in order of publication or in order by in-story timeframe. The author's web site includes a list of the books in either order. The books each stand alone quite well, though.] Some of my favorites include Blood Games, set in ancient Rome, and Out of the House of Life, set in ancient Egypt and, so far, the earliest look at the Count's history. I also love The Saint-Germain Chronicles, a collection of short stories ranging from the 17th century to modern times.
This book's set in medieval Saxony, and features Saint-Germain as the hostage of a noblewoman who's desperate to keep her people safe in the face of war and plague... As always, there are complications, some from unexpected quarters, and many difficult decisions must be made. And to add to the tension, Saint-Germain spends most of the book (and, I think, at least a couple of years) separated from his trusty bondsman Roger, who we see (via letters) moving heaven and earth to try and find him! [Since Roger's my favorite character, his relative lack of screen time makes this book less of a favorite with me than it might be, but it's still very enjoyable.]
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