Vlad: The Last Confession
Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality. Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man... and a contradiction.
His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved...and whom he had to sacrifice. His closest comrade...and traitor. And his priest, betraying the secrets of...more
It just happened that instead of the peasantry and the poor, the cost was born by the rich, merchants and noble alike as well as their families, so the truly bad press Vlad got at the times and since.
I read tons of Romanian novels with Vlad as a hero for sure, but due to the Saxon an ...more
I know I say this all the time, but sometimes it’s really hard for me to rate a book. I keep vacillating between three and four stars. I guess I’ll go with four.
So yes, I enjoyed this book, but I think that was mostly because of the subject matter more than anything else. Humphreys is a fun writer and he writes about morbid things, which I LOVE. (Yes,I know I’m ghoulish.) So I will definitely be checking out The French Executioner. I have to say though, this book definitely is not ...more
(1) It's boring as hell. The characters have 1/10th the rounded personality of Rottingham's cardboard standup in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
(2) It's violent. I'm not opposed to bloodspray in my reading material, but there's a difference between whackadoodle bodice ripper'ing & detailed descriptions of torture, flaying, & impaling. YES, I know it's about Vlad the Impaler, but c'mon. Psychological horror rule #1: less is more. Judging by the afterward, the author's goal was to humani ...more
The period in history when Vlad was fighting for his throne in the small kingdom of Wallachia (which is now part of Romania) is not exactly noted for ...more
I enjoyed this book despite the fact that it took me several attempts to get into it, I'm someone who hunts down books about Vlad and so was surprised that it took me so long to get into the story but again I put that down to the fact that it was a departure from reading history books, I read The Historian last year and while that touched on Vlad sli ...more
How many times have you bought a book (or asked for a review copy) and wanted it to be as good as the blurb, yet past let-downs jaded your hope?
I’ve never been so happy to be disappointed.
Historical Fiction can be a challenging genre to read if the author hasn’t take care to do their research. It also takes skill to weave that knowledge into a story seamlessly, never allowing it to detract from the overall storytell ...more
I even found reading Dracula easy in ...more
I couldn't help but like Dracula, willing him on and to victory. Although his measures were extreme he was fighting for what he believed in.
I don't think I have read a more researched and thought out book
Every Charecters ...more
Thomas Harris did it with Hannibal Rising, and C.C Humphreys has done it with Vlad the Impaler.
I must admit, that I did have to put this book down a few times because of the brutality of it, but once you learned about what Vlad lived and went through in his life you understand in a strange way. He wasn't the first person to impale peo ...more
The story is told from the last confessions of three people who knew Vlad best. His best friend, his mistress, and his confessor. It is told to a cardinal and two nobles who have different motives in hearing his story.
The book tries to tell his story starting as a young man who is a hostage to the Ottoman Empire. After some chapters th ...more
Género. Novela histórica (pero a su manera).
Lo que nos cuenta. Janos Horvathy, conde de Pecs, y por orden del rey de Hungría, dirige un interrogatorio ante escribas y eclesiásticos con la intención de tratar de restaurar el valor de la fraternatis draconem ante los ojos de las naciones cristianas. Y es que el comportamiento hasta su muerte de Vlad Drácula, voivoda de Valaquia y enemigo jurado del Imperio Otomano y cualesquier ...more
The story itself is told by three people who were close to Vlad in life; his best friend, his priest and his first love. Each have been brought to tell their version of events that transpired in Vlad's life so that the 'truth' might be brought to light rather ...more
This is the story of the real Vlad Dracula as told through the eyes of 3 witnesses to the life of Vlad, Ion Tremblac, Vlad's childhood/adult friend for almost all is life, Ilona Ferenc, his lover for over 20 years and Brother Vasile, the hermit.
Some of the history kept me hooked and other parts just confused me with so many n ...more
Yes, this is a work of fiction, but the amount of research behind had to have been a massive undertaking to bring Vlad's story to life. Is it all true? Certainly not, but there will be many factual nuggets ...more
As the story lengthens so did my feelings for, and interest in, each of the principals of the story. It became a page turner that I longed for more of when I reached the end.
A Great Read for all Dracul ...more
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He won the inaugural playwriting competition of the New Play Centre, Vancouver with his first play, 'A Cage Without Bars' which was produced in Vancouver and L ...more