Better in the Dark (Saint-Germain #8)
In the year 938 A.D., the Count Saint-Germain has suffered a shipwreck along the northern coast of the German lands. Nearly dead, he is taken to the Saxon fortress town of Leosan to be held for ransom. Deprived of his freedom and without his servant Roger, the vampire Count must survive on his own.
Published December 1st 1993 by Tor Books
(first published 1993)
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Mar 28, 2009 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Adventures of the vampire Saint Germain in 10th century Germany, where he comes to the aid of people trying to defend their fortress against disease and marauders. It's hard to like the characters in this book, because the culture is superstitious, misogynistic, and brutal. (They execute one woman because her child was stillborn, and another because she was kidnapped and raped.) Every order given is reinforced with a threat; every request followed by a bribe. Life and death decisions are made on...more
Shipwrecked, Saint-Germain is washed ashore in northern Germany in the Dark Ages and finds himself the hostage and under the protection of Ranegonde, a crippled woman tryng to hold her lands together and under her control in a time and place where women have no such rights; her brother, in whose name she holds the house and lands, is a monk at a nearby monastery. He has little interest in maintaining the family possessions, and so it falls to Ranegonde to do so. The money she hopes to receive in...more
This is the only one of the St. Germain Vampire books I've read so I'm still iffy on whether I liked the series or not. This particular book moved too slowly for me and I wasn't into the whole idea that St. Germain may be a vampire but he's not the type of vampire we are used to. In fact the fact that he is a vampire is a moot point in my opinion of the story. Really it's about a man who cannot die who moves through 4000 years of history. What I did like about it, is this particular story took p...more
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