I found the brief description of this book in the flyleaf fascinating and couldn’t wait to start reading it. It is the story of a girl’s introduction into the mysterious and dangerous history of Dracula. Her experiences begin when she finds a tantalising letter in her father’s papers beginning with the words, “My dear and unfortunate successor.” What a great start to a book – how more imagination-grabbing could you get?

The story is told through three main narrators from three generations, the daughter, her father Paul, and his teacher Rossi. All three end up being guided down the same path and discoveries, some surviving the experiences and some not.

It is a very exciting book, although a bit daunting in size being over 600 pages in length. I did find it confusing at times with there being the three different narrators – often a chapter would begin and it would be a few lines before I realised who was relating this section.

I have read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and thoroughly enjoyed it, and wondered if The Historian would just be a re-telling of Stoker’s classic. However, Kostova’s book is written in great depth and, even though the subject matter is the same, she manages to be different and individual.

Kostova writes very well about historical events, Eastern European countries, and different cultures, and I found all this very interesting.

It is a thrilling and involving read and a book that is difficult to put down.

The Historian (Paperback)

By (author): Elizabeth Kostova

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