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Covenant with the Vampire

(The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1)

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A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula's great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle's estate...and his appetite. Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delig ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Dell (first published September 1st 1994)
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CARLAS L MADRIGAL I've had The Historian for years and have read it twice. It is from a different point of view of this book, and the stories occur in different time pe…moreI've had The Historian for years and have read it twice. It is from a different point of view of this book, and the stories occur in different time periods. Covenant with the Vampire occurs before the time in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The premise of The Historian is basically that some secrets are better left undiscovered and spans a lifetime in the telling. It's a great book, and this one is great as well! Not to let to much go, but Covenant is told from the point of view of those closest to the count. :-)(less)

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We're doing a Halloween 2016 Reading Challenge in the Unapologetic Romance Readers group and one of the categories is a romance novel with blood on the cover. This proved surprisingly difficult, because while 80s and 90s vampire romance novels were content to own up to their gothic horror roots and splatter their covers with blood, modern day vampire romance novels are much more coy and more likely to feature a woman in a prom dress bein
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Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally a fan of horror. Not that I don't like the genre, but I just never really found an author or horror novel that really made me want to find more books in the same genre.

Then I read The Historian and found that horror can be about more than just shock moments and blood. That book melded historical fiction (one of my favorite types of fiction) with vampire lore and myths about Dracula and yeilded a book that's one of my favorite reads to date.

Amazon recommended the Family Dracul bo
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Lisa Proulx
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book by my favorite author of all time!

I simply could not put this book down. It read like music to me and when I was finished I emailed the author. She and I wrote back and forth several times and she was not only kind and geniune, but offered me sage writing advice that helped me in my own writing career!

Benjamin Thomas
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, vampires
I’ve tended to shy away from vampire fiction in recent years although I am a huge fan of the original Dracula by Bram Stoker and stories that take place in a similar vein (no pun intended). In other words, I enjoy the historical fiction aspects of Dracula, vampire lore, etc. much more so than the blood/guts, sexual innuendo/love triangles etc. that seem so common today.

This novel is the first of a trilogy and fits my preferences very well. It takes place over the course of just a few weeks in 18
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Cassandra  Glissadevil
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, horror
3.7 stars!

“Is there anything more horrible than death?”
― Jeanne Kalogridis

In my search for the "Scariest Vampire Novels Ever", this book popped up on my radar. Published in 1995, "Covenant With the Vampire" is an old school novel with a gorgeous "touchy feely" cover.

The year? 1845. Prequel to Dracula, told via diary entries by Dracula's descendants. Kalogridis's writing echoes late 19th century Gothic. However, a discerning eye can tell it's not authentic 19th century prose. Fans of Elizabeth K
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A.M
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book started off well, but I found myself liking it less as it went on. Everything seemed like a rehash of Stoker's novel and the events progressed in pretty similar ways. The history of the Tepes line incorporated into an early conversation was very interesting, although anyone who has read 'The Historian' will be treading familiar ground.

One thing the author did very well was build atmosphere. The only thing I remember wishing was different about Stoker's novel was the time spent by Hark
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Gina
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
The author does a good job of creating atmosphere and mood. However, through the first 300 pages the story unfolds maddeningly slowly, then she crams so many developments into the last 50 pages that your head will spin. The ending seemed rushed and contrived. And then to find out that the whole book is just the set-up for the sequel made me want to scream.

I have learned something about myself. Apparently, I like my vampires to be self-loathing and relatively harmless. Which means I like Anne Ri
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Grace Jensen
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, Dracula fans
Recommended to Grace by: I don't remember!!!
This series is excellent! It captures a historical voice, but doesn't waste words or time. This series makes Bram Stoker's Dracula looks like just a ring on the hand of an exotic princess. So many things that didn't make sense, make sense now. I enjoy all three books, the original Dracula and Coppola's movie so much more! ...more
Thomas
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, abyss, 2019
This book is another pseudo-Abyss title. It was published right around the time the imprint began to lose steam, and it was horror, but it lacks the Abyss logo and name. I remember getting it when the imprint was still in existence, though, so I added this title to my Abyss project.

As for the book itself, it's not that bad. Kalogridis' style is easy without being simplistic, and the story she tells is engaging. Her characterization skills are good, and while she doesn't re-use any of the main ch
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John R. Goyer
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this one asking if we really needed yet another Dracula retelling. At the end, I believe the answer is yes... Enough of a fresh viewpoint for this prequel that I'm happy to have run across it and enjoyed it very much. More sex and gore than usual, and the mix along with some original(?) mythology made it a captivating read for me. Not sure if I'll rush to the next volume, but I will keep an eye out for more by this author. ...more
Leeanna
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Diaries of the Family Dracul #1: Covenant with the Vampire, by Jeanne Kalogridis

"Covenant with the Vampire" is the first in a trilogy about the family Dracul, and is a prequel to Stoker's classic "Dracula."

Arkady Tsepesh and his wife Mary journey to Transylvania from London; Arkady is returning to his childhood home after the death of his father. He must take up his father's duties as the caretaker of Vlad, Arkady's uncle. Incredibly eccentric, Vlad shuns daylight and human contact, but welcome
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Christine
Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it
I actually would like to give this three and a half stars...

I really enjoyed the story, with the new take on the Dracula legend. It's a great interpretation on the legend, and a way to make it fresh again. The diary concept was also great--there was such an internal element to all of the events that if you had had only one person giving a first person account, so much would have been missed. The characters were compelling, if a little dense at times, and the scenery was well imagined.

I had a few
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Philippe
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You love vampires? And not the sparkly abusive kind? This is for you, a sort of prequel to the original Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written beautifully, fast paced and creepy as hell! I personnally read it in only two sittings.
Brian Steele
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
There a lot (too many) vampire books on the market right now. Works like those by the brilliant Anne Rice are being ignored since they are just as much "historical" as they are "Vampirific" Indeed, a number of novels have tried to attached themselves to the Dracula legacy started by Bram Stoker. Few deserve mention... this book is an exception.

Written in the same style of letters and journal entries that the original Stoker novel was composed in, the prose echoes the time period in mood and sens
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Garrick Merriweather
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of THE absolute best Dracula-vampire stories I have EVER read. If you claim you love vampire fiction, then do yourself a favor and read this book/series now. Serving as an unofficial prequel of sorts to Bram Stoker's Dracula , it gets to the actual storytelling fairly quickly. While it does have some exposition phases, for the most part, CwtV is more show-action than tell-action (as a lot of novels in this genre tend to be). The eroticism can be a bit overwhelming if you're not used t ...more
Cobradawn
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: vampire admirers
Recommended to Cobradawn by: it was decided for our May book
Shelves: read-bookclub
reading for May's bookclub meeting.. I started it yesterday and have only 129 pages to go (out of 352). It's a quick read so far, not a challenging vocabulary. So far it can be summed up as "a guilty pleasure read".

5/8/08

Ok So I finished, and I'm disappointed. It seems as if the author was in a rush to meet her deadline and crammed way too much into the last 40 pages or so. There was some unnecessary graphic content that didn't do anything to further the plot. All in all, I was left confused a
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Shannon
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book eons ago, I had taken it out from the library, and years later I couldn't for the life of me remember what the title was and its been driving me crazy because I wanted to read it again.
The series is a really original take on an old story and I've finally been able to find it again and re-read it. Its just as awesome the second time around! I'm so glad I found it again!
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S. Rutherford
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic
It's Dracula and somewhat accurate to the history, but it throws in Elizabeth Bathory at the end of the series (which is awesome!). It's a very good read, but I will warn you, it's even a bit angsty and twisted. It's the evil Dracula that we're taught about in school (or rather, I was). It even has Van Helsing, or one of his children--it's a good twist of a story. ...more
Janet
I spent the first 320 pages yawning and comparing the characters to those of Stoker’s famous tale. I’m glad I managed to finish the book—talk about a surprise ending! I still don’t care about the characters, but I want to see that slimy bloodsucker get his just desserts.
Kimberly
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful and horrific tale of the Tsepesh/Dracul family; otherwise known as family of Dracula. A must read for those who love gothic vampire tales.
Yvonne
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The whole series rocks
Ghost of the Library
Now this was a pleasant surprise!

Anyone who's been bothered with taking a peek at my profile will know that i mostly, greatly, favor non fiction for reading material or classics by people long departed from the world.
However, every now and then, i get too tired of 500 page books on more "serious" topics and will ocasionally hunt a few good old fashioned novels to read as a distraction - and if one happens to have vampires in it, even better!
I'm a long time fan of that wonderful classic by Bram S
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Shaitarn
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Set 40 or 50 years before Dracula, this novel shows that the wily old count was up to his dirty tricks before Jonathan Harker was a gleam in his father’s eye. In fact the whole ‘lure traveller, kill them, repeat’ cycle is clearly shown here as something that Dracula has been doing for centuries – rather than Harker’s visit and intended fate being shocking, he is one of many naïve Englishmen lured to their deaths; one can only feel sorry for the other members of the family, who are very much inno ...more
Mcf1nder_sk
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series of books was recommended to me by @thevampireariella, and for that I have to say "Thank you, Katina". This was an incredibly well-crafted novel, written in diary form, similar to Bram Stoker's original Dracula.
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Arcady Tsepesh is the great-nephew of Vlad Tsepesh, but is unaware that his relative is not just an 80-year-old prince, but the original Vlad the Impaler, 400 years old and a true vampire. Now Vlad wants Arcady to join the family business. With the diary entries of Arcady and
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Jo Besser
The last fifty something pages were the best part of the book. I think because I knew I was reaching the end. The rest of the book, the three hundred pages before were just dragging on...

For a horror novel, there wasn't a lot of horror in it. There was no gore and it was just depressing. Unless the "Horror" aspects were necrophilia and incest. And that's not horror that's just really nasty.

I also couldn't believe that the author kept referring to a character by their first initial. It was just a
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Anna
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For any book that I've read(and thus reviewed it on here), I really don't know how I'll like it. I could love the book or just not get into it at all. I believe I initially got this when I was involved with a book club over twenty years ago(Columbia House I think) and while I read all three books, I did get rid of them. So once I recalled the series, I got them all eventually and as I did back then, also got Bram Stoker's Dracula. I honestly was pleasantly surprised with this. I got caught up in ...more
Karla
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints of the book.. painting an all around picture of each character and all that occurred. I also enjoyed that this book's ending was complete, yet still left an opening for the next in the trilogy. If you don't read the rest of the series, you aren't stuck on a cliffhanger. A few chapters seemed a little too odd for my taste, but overall it was an interesting spin about Dracula. ...more
Linda
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Admirable retelling of the Dracula heritage done in diary form. The style and tone are a nod to Stoker's original, but more fleshed out. I enjoyed this telling and look forward to the next in the trilogy. There is one rather gruesome scene I might have skipped. Much better than the newbie vampire tales. ...more
Carolyn
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find that this particular telling wasn't what I had envisioned; however, it certainly didn't disappoint. I think the best part of this telling was the plotline and the way the author envisioned the story. I found the characters diverse and intriguing with their paths and the roles they played. In addition, I enjoyed the return to their location. I found it to be a good read. ...more
TERESA
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
I read this on the suggestion of an ex who swore up and down that it was the greatest vampire novel since Dracula. I tried so hard to give it the benefit of the doubt but unfortunately, I found this to be rather dull. The plot dragged, it struggled to hold my attention. Nonetheless, I finished it and cannot say I will be reading any more of this series.
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