**spoiler alert** This book takes place in the 20th century, just after the second world war! Charis Treat is an American professor, who fled her homel**spoiler alert** This book takes place in the 20th century, just after the second world war! Charis Treat is an American professor, who fled her homeland for fear of prosecution for communist sympathies. She left her husband and her sons in the States and came to Europe. She meets Szent Germain, publisher, businessman and vampire, although his vampire nature is only of influence to his love affairs! Through Charis he gets involved with the expat’s coven, a group of American refugees. They are trying to make the best of their exile, but they are under constant observation by the CIA, and so is Szent Germain. The spies are everywhere! Back in the States there is a fellow named Broadstreet, who thinks spying is a game, but it is deadly serious! Charis and Szent Germain become lovers, but being a ‘modern’ woman, Charis does not believe in vampires! The counts love for Charis and the interactions of the secret agents are leading to a very explosive ending!
I like the count in the 20th century, with his fancy cars and his elegant clothing, dealing with the hazards of the time! He is haunted by memories, as he often is, but isn’t that part of his appeal? He is surrounded by a group of characters, who all put their mark on the story. Charis, the woman he loves, is missing her husband and sons back home. Roger, his long time friend and servant is much more a friend in this story, except for drawing a bath! The members of the coven are deeply touched by the so called witch hunt for communists and its influence on their relations with friends and relatives! The members of the secret agencies all over the world are also quite important on the story.
This is a great book, a superb addition to the story of the counts long existence!...more
This 26th book in the Count Saint-Germain series takes place in 1225, between Path of the Eclipse and An embarrassment of riches. Saint-Germain, sometiThis 26th book in the Count Saint-Germain series takes place in 1225, between Path of the Eclipse and An embarrassment of riches. Saint-Germain, sometimes prince, count, alchemist, merchant, physician and vampire, is now called Sidi Sandjer’min. He is living in southern Egypt. Forced by circumstances, he accepts the offer to travel with a group of pilgrims, serving as their guide, translator and physician. He is accompanied by Ruthier, his faithful manservant and long time friend! The pilgrims have their own reasons for their pilgrimage, not all are religious ones! They are bound to the underground churches of Ethiopia. One of the pilgrims is the noble Margrethe. She is attracted by Sidi Sandjer’min. Her longing for him shows in her eyes, when she sees him, in her attitude when she is near him, but she refuses to accept this for fear of compromising her pilgrimage! And so Sidi Sandjer’min has to content himself with the blood of horses and asses to survive! Thanks to Ruthier’s cleverness, he can take what he needs in plain sight! It is a difficult voyage for all of them. Their greatest enemies are the forces of nature, the wild river, the heat and the sand, the burning sun, the wild animals, not to forget the crocodiles! Some dreadful accidents do happen, and the pilgrimage is coming to an end. They never reach their destination. The pilgrims are going their own way and Sidi Sandjer’min decides to escort Margrethe back home, or so he intends to! The count’s vampirisme has little or no influence on the story, only for the count himself, and for us, readers. We know, no matter how horrible events are that happen to him, he will get through! This is another great book in a long going series about historical horror, with only a touch of vampire blood! ...more