Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's modern classic, Hotel Transylvania, introduced the Count Saint-Germain and his beloved, Madelaine de Montalia. Now, in Commedia della Morte, the two are reunited during the Terror of the French Revolution.
The Count is one of the most critically acclaimed vampire characters ever created, with dedicated fans who have followed his adventures through more than twenty novels, dozens of short stories, and thousands of years of human history. But of all the women the Count has loved, the most popular is the beautiful, ever-youthful Madelaine.
In Commedia della Morte, Saint-Germain learns that Madelaine—now a vampire—has been arrested by France's Revolutionary Tribunal and is soon to lose her head. Desperate to rescue her, the Count sneaks into France with a troupe of actors led by the glamorous Photine, who soon becomes Saint-Germain's mistress. Photine's teenage son, driven by jealousy and revolutionary fervor, betrays the Count. Now Saint-Germain's life, as well as Madelaine's, hangs in the balance, in this darkly romantic historical vampire novel.
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The millennia-old vampire Saint-Germain faces the dangers of the Reign of Terror in Yarbro s 30th historical horror novel (after An Embarrassment of Riches). Summoned to the rescue of his truest love, the young vampire Madelaine de Montalia, Saint-Germain travels with his occasional lover Photine d Auville and her troupe of actors, including her resentful teenage son, through the guillotine-haunted cities of revolutionary France. The detailed historical knowledge characteristic of the series is evident in the contrasting idealism and corruption of the bloodthirsty French citizens and the daily challenges of the theatrical life, complemented by highly literate eroticism. Despite the chronic over-referencing of earlier books and a relatively low-key climax, effective suspense and a more active role for Saint-Germain make this latest tale a strong entry in a series that has been showing its age.