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An Embarrassment of Riches (Saint-Germain #24)

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More than two decades strong, the Saint-Germain cycle is one of the most compelling works of dark fantasy and horror of our age. Historically accurate, often involving key events or figures from throughout world history, these deeply emotional novels have a devoted readership. Each novel is written as a stand-alone and they are not chronologically consecutive, so readers m ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Tor Books
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Yarbro's Saint-Germain series is the longest running vampire series today. The Count is used, in part, to explore various historical periods and places. The books have romance, action, and horror. Yarbro is a great writer, and unlike some writers I could mention, she does her research. The Count has a huge following consisting of men and women, and I am proud to count myself as one of thier number. This addition finds the Count in the Bohemian court, serving as jewel maker.

This is not a bad book
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Embarrassment of Riches
This 24th episode in the life of Saint-Germain, Rakoczy Ferancsi, Comes Santu-Germaniu in this book, takes place around 1270 at the court of Queen Kunegonda of Bohemia. At that time, Bohemia was a very rich country. And the count is moving through Kunegonda’s court with his usual grace and elegance, and so wealthy that his wealth is an embarrassment to the riches of the court.
But for the Comes, the bohemian court is not a pleasant place to be. He is very restricted is h
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
St. Germain doesn't get to do much in this book, in part due to the risk of the priests thinking him a heretic/sorceror if he does any medical treatment but also because he is in essence being held hostage at a distance for the safety of his lands back in Transylvania and so he isn't able to act with his usual freedom. The result is an unusually passive and powerless Comte. However, the setting is interesting, he gets to make lots and lots of sparkly jewels (hence the title), there are two enter ...more
Diane K.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent installment of the series, better than some, not so good as others, but always enjoyable. I always love the historic backgrounds, including the meticulously detailed clothing, which says so much about history and culture.

I was rather startled to find Saint-Germain so hedged in on all sides by threats. Unlike most of the books in the series, Saint-Germain had been spending a deal of time on his native turf, his "fief", and had the misfortune to be squeezed between a power play betwee
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Twenty-ninth in the Saint Germain series, twenty-fourth if you don't count the novels that center around Atta Olivia Clemens and Madeline de Montalia, Saint-Germain's two long-term lovers and fellow-vampires.

The Saint-Germain series is a series of "historical romances" set at various different times, in various different settings, featuring a main character who is functionally immortal. He is officially a vampire, although if you prefer your vampires to be traditionally super-powered, you may fi
An Embarrassment of Riches is the most recent book in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s saga of the vampire Count Saint-Germain. I decided to read it after reading a blog post the author wrote for us about libraries and researching for her books. It’s clear that she puts a tremendous amount of research into each novel, from the wider sweep of events in the historical period she writes of to the details of daily life, and her world-building is incredible. She creates atmosphere and provides vivid descriptio ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
A meticulous novel, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES brought to mind an elaborate version of THE HISTORIAN, told from the vampire’s perspective. As much a historical novel as anything else, the supernatural elements of the story were as realistically imagined as any other aspect of daily life. To further add to the feeling of reading primary source material, Yarbro intermixes letters between the chapters, a device that made me feel as threatened and engaged as any of the main characters trying to unwi ...more
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another brilliant novel in the Saint Germain series! These books are meticulously researched and all the effort definitely shows with the many historical details that are included on every page. It's almost like walking into the given time period and observing a piece of the past come alive.

This was probably one of the most tragic chapters in Saint Germain's existence and it is extremely sad that after so many years he finds himself once again at the whim of others. Rakoczy Ferncsi, as he i
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to An Embarrassment of Riches by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro because it is set in Prague, where I lived for a couple years. The fore word suggested rich historic detail, but the book delivered only accounts of how to get rid of rat infestations and scores of descriptions of outfits the characters wore using language that left ALL to my imagination. Do you know what a “Short cotton bliehaut and braccae of braided leather” looks like? Me neither. Yet every time a character ap ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, fiction, fantasy
A meticulous novel, this book brought to mind an elaborate version of THE HISTORIAN. As much a historical novel as anything else, the supernatural elements of the story were as realistically imagined as any other aspect of daily life. The letters intermixed with detailed "present events" created a compelling atmosphere, and I felt as threatened and engaged as any of the main characters trying to unwind the political and religious dangers around them.

The ultimate feeling upon completion was one o
Nicki Markus
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-paranormal
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's historical vampire series. In fact, if I could pick an author I'd most like to be, she would be high up the list if not the first choice.

This latest offering in the Saint Germain series more than lives up to my high expectations. Once more the Comte must carefully weave his way through court intrigues and plots, avoiding exposure of his true nature. There was no 'big romance' with one particular woman in this story unlike some of the
Jul 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In all fairness, I had no idea this book is #24 in a series - perhaps if I had read from #1, I may have enjoyed the book more - as it was, while vividly researched and chock full of fine detail, I found it extremely difficult to stay with it - the storyline seems to move extremely slowly - I've read close to a third of the book and don't seem to have gotten anywhere with it. I plan to read on a bit more though at this point, it is highly likely that this one will be returned to the library unfin ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Comes (Count) of Sant Germain is a complex man, not surprising considering that he has "lived" for 3200 yrs. And he lives under the complex pressures of feudal Bohemia while trying to not to reveal that he is a vampire. I will never read a vampire book the same way again. Amazingly vivid and unusual setting: 13th century Bohemia
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I really like Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, I just wish she could think of a new way to end her Saint Germain novels other than the Comte and Roger are in peril, the Comte then fakes his own death and all is well, the end.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
Although I've been a fan of the Saint Germaine books from the beginning I didn't enjoy this one. The amount of time spent describing everyone's clothing, the lack of any likeable secondary characters and, the lack of any real action until the very end of the book made this tough to get through.
Samantha Brady
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have all ready said that I love these books. This one is no exception. It was a really interesting read. I recommend it to all of the Saint Germain followers. If you love this series you will love this book.
SO boring for a vampire book. A weird mismash of historical fiction and a vampire and a bodice-ripper.
I remembered why I didn't like these -- 10 pages on a pregnant queen and the ladies rubbing her feet. Tedious.
Lisa Keipp
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, her history is superb, the book reads quickly and well.
I realized I was reading the 24th book in a series. Probably should read number one first.
Yonnette Jo
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel by Yarbro!
Mar 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really boring, couldn't get past the first few chapters.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Saint-Gernain, Fans of vampire romance, fans of historical
Recommended to Mark by: Sent to my by Tor
Susan Pola Staples
Once again, Ms Yarbro shows the humanity of her Count and his majordomo Roger in a world of superstition and barbarity and violence. more later. Enjoyed it immensely
Sep 09, 2011 added it
Fans of St Germaine will definitely enjoy this one. I've never read one where I didn't.
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A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-1962 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn' ...more
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