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Crusader's Torch (Atta Olivia Clemens #2)

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It is the year 1189 A.D., and war is raging all around the Mediterranean. Any woman would fear travelling among the pirates, bandits and renegade Christian knights who flock to the call of battle--but Atta Olivia Clemens has a special reason to fear...
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ebook, 480 pages
Published November 15th 1989 by Tor Books
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This is the second of three books featuring Olivia Clemens; they're a spin-off of Yarbro's Saint Germain series. It's set in 1190 AD, when Olivia has been living in Tyre in the Holy Land, which is being invaded by Crusaders. This is the story of her harrowing journey home to her native Rome.

It's apparently difficult for a widowed noblewoman to get permission to leave town, but she eventually embarks with the escort of a sullen, guilt-ridden Knight Hospitaler. They're cozy at first, but things go...more
Another wonderful Olivia book. In some ways, Olivia is the more approachable character; she seems more human, more flawed as well. This is a good historical fiction; all the characters are drawn well. On a side note, it is interesting the Olivia books to watch how her male lovers disbelieve or doubt the vampire story and compare that reaction to the Count's women.
The first book of 2014 starts with a bang.

Keep your sparkly fanged ones or your wannabe gangsta vamps with their cutesy-spelled names, I've got Atta Olivia Clemens the resourceful widow and 500 year old vampire who is far more humane than those who would kill her. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro writes historical fiction with the best of them and the fact that her main characters are vampires doesn't detract from the story one iota.

This second book in the Atta Olivia Clemens series finds her in Tyre duri...more
interesting premise. takes place just before the third crusade with a female vampire as the main character. this is either the second or third of a series with this character.

she is strong willed and not the familiar style of vampire. an interesting character study and good read. whole story moves at a good pace.
Samantha Brady
This is the best book about Olivia. Being on her own for so long was by far the best one I have read about her so far. I do have one more of hers to read that I am waiting for. I will review it then and let you know soon.
Ancillary novels to the Saint-Germain series. Olivia is a wonderful character, and I'm glad that Yarbro wrote a series about her.
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is one of only two women ever to be named Grand Master, at the World Horror Convention (2003). She was given the Living Legend Award from the International Horror Guild at World Fantasy Con in 2006 (first woman to receive it). In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Assn. at their convention in Burbank CA. She is the recipient of the Fine F...more
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