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Tempting Fate (Saint-Germain #5)

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Austria during the 1920s is the setting for the fifth of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's novels about the elegant and mysterious Count Ragoczy Saint-Germain. In Tempting Fate, the Count becomes guardian to a spirited and talented young girl named Laisha, a Russian war orphan. Traveling frequently to the great cities of Europe, the pair move in a world whose days are numbered, as th ...more
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Published December 15th 1981 by Tor Books
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Jamie Collins
I am really enjoying these books about a 4000-year-old world-traveling good-guy vampire, even if the rather florid writing keeps me from actually recommending it to other people. If you like historical fiction and the idea of a kind-hearted vampire, and you don't mind some melodrama, you might like these.

This book begins with Saint-Germain's escape from Russia during the 1917 revolution. He encounters an impoverished Russian duchess who offers him shelter (with benefits), and he also rescues an
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Wesa
Apr 21, 2007 Wesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans, history fans
Again, the publication date on this book must be for a more recent edition, because I read it a lot earlier than that.

Saint-Germain escapes Russia's October Revolution, unexpectedly finds himself the guardian of a Polish orphan, and retreats to his estate in Bavaria. Troubled times in Germany, with runaway inflation making money nearly worthless and with the monied aristocracy either pretending nothing is wrong or joining the growing political force of the Nazis, form the backdrop for this story
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Chuck Briggs
Sep 02, 2012 Chuck Briggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Saint-Germain book I had read since "The Palace" a few years ago. Frankly, I just didn't like "The Palace." It seemed to me that Yarbro was aiming her book squarely at the Renaissance Pleasure Fair crowd at the expense of plot and characterization. Every other chapter was swamped with detailed descriptions of clothing, to the point where I felt that 2/3 of the material could have been excised without any damage to the plot whatsoever. It was a maddening read because I have lov ...more
Alfrick
Sep 23, 2013 Alfrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this more for the time period. It is a tale of a vampire but included very little of the vampire lore. It was mainly involved in the period of time from the close of WWI to 1928 in Germany. It provides a glimpse into the lives of the German people as the NSDAP slowly grows amongst the people who were a conquered race following the Great War. It held my attention throughout.
John
May 30, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Saint Germain is a wonderfully deep and rich character. Each time he interacts with a new setting, the reader learns a lot about a time and place. Each character is beautifully drawn and convincingly motivated.
Rachelle
The Saint-Germaine series is pretty heavy in history which is not my thing. In Tempting Fate, Saint-Germaine travels Europe in the 1920's with his adopted daughter. He has several relationships, but the romance is written lightly.
Chris
For me, at least, this is the best in the series. The book includes several characters that become favorites, and it is here that the Count seems to be at his most human.
Margaret
Loved the character, not the setting.
Ericka
Aug 20, 2012 Ericka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one I actually cried at the end. It portrayed a reality of the time, but I still thought it didn't have to happen.
Donna
May 29, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
One of the most moving books in the series. St. Germain feels like a person not just a mythical figure. There are nice memories of his former loves and hear rending moments as the war unfolds.
Trish
Set in Germany in the early 1920s
V.J. Devereaux
Dec 16, 2010 V.J. Devereaux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, great history, tragedy... wonderful...
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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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