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Preview — Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Blood Games (Saint-Germain #3)
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Vampire novels actually used to be pretty difficult to find before TWILIGHT came out and renewed everyone's interest in vampires. I remember combing the shelves for them at various used bookstores and only coming across three in as many years of searching: PEEPS by Scott Westerfeld, MIDNIGHT PREDATOR by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and WRIT IN BLOOD by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. All three are good books, but PEEPS and MIDNIGHT are both young adult boo ...more
This has a decent storyline, but ever ...more
A) Describes a main (male) character's clothing in minute, obsessive, effeminate detail. Every other page.
B) Uses words such as "anealing" and "esuriance" with regularity.
C) In every single sex scene, inevitably uses the phrase "brought her to her fullness."
D) Has a main character who is so cloyingly perfect that, if I knew him in real life, I would kill him, even if he is a 3000 year old vampire.
And yet, repeatedly, I go back to this terrible se ...more
Finally, I met the enigmatic Olivia who corresponded with Saint-Germain during the first two books! She is an excellent character and the Ancient Roman setting was an inspired choice. I can’t imagine all the historical research that Yarbro must do for each novel—so far, she has skipped through three entirely different time periods and seems to maintain the accuracy of each one reasonably well.
Also long awaited was Saint-Germain actually using his vampire po ...more
This is the third of many novels about the very long-lived Saint-Germain, a good-guy vampire. The story spans the period from the middle of Nero's reign, through the Year of the Four Emperors, and a few years into Vespas ...more
When you've tired of sparkly emo disco-balls with fangs or hip-hop slinging, Escalade-driving posers with supposedly "edgy" names or utterly defanged lust objects, bring your weary self to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's delightfully historical Comte Saint Germain series.
There are over twenty books but thankfully, they are all stand-alone novels and can be read in any order. The Count Saint Germain is actually based on a real life historical figure (though not a vampire, he was ...more
Yarbro has been writing vampire novels about the same character, Saint Germain, for 30 years now, and she has appa ...more
Going through the process of rebuilding my book collection I remembered her novels ...more
Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published In: New York City, NY
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
The Games in the Circus Maximus are afoot. A mad emperor sits upon the throne. Political infighting is the rule of the day. Sadists, perverts, and the cream of Roman society flow through this book. Sometimes, all three are the same people. A foreign noble walks the streets taking in Rome, living her life. Ragoczy Sanct Germain, vampire, Dacian, h ...more
I understand this is not the first book in the series and I have not read the previous books, so I expected to be missing some of the references to the past. Still, I found the backstory to be almost nonexistent, which means I was even more confused than I had expected to be. Adding to my sense of confusion was the lack of a map of the Roman Empire at the time of the story and a list of the Caesars and key Senator ...more
The things I liked about this book were Yarbro's historical research into ancient Rome, bringing it vividly to life; her inventiveness at ...more
Cons: Yarbro is a lot lighter ...more
Roma è un crogiolo di vizi e intrighi, dove è normale che perfino un imperatore venga assassinato. L'unica realtà immutabile è quella del Circo Massimo, l'arena dove coloro che non godono più dei favori di Nerone, siano essi gladiatori o ex senatori, vengono sbranati da leoni e coccodrilli. Uno dei pochissimi uomini d'affari di successo benché non romano, Saint Germain Ragoczy, è stato fino ad ora capace di tenersi fuori dalle pericolose sabbie mobili dell'alta società romana, ma il suo primo er...more
This one was quite entertaining. I think it could partly be because my husband and I just finished watching season two of Rome, and this (while later in years) has the same feel as the TV series did.
I like that Saint-Germain, while important to the story, was not THE story. We go off on many tangents. I am ...more
Strengths: good writer, immersed in historical subject matter; realistic story w/ fallible, true narrator; well paced, if circumspect and elliptical (I enjoy the length and typecast it w/ her StG oeuvre)
Weaknesses: logical gaps; confusing motives; old fashioned; I'm-not-the-target-audience and I felt it; formulaic, if you've read any of these before; a few historical social gaffs (I've been spoiled by Colleen McCullough)
Overall a good story and well writ ...more
Yarbro's florid prose seems like the right way to describe the excesses of Imperial Rome, and the heroine's misfortune of being married to man with deviant sexual tastes makes this truly a horror novel. Add the dangers faced by Saint-Germain's slaves and then Saint-Germain himself in the arena, and you have an exciting as well as disturbing examin ...more