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The Historian Book Review

Updated on September 12, 2015


For some odd reason I've had this obsession with vampire lore for the past several years. I love reading about true lore about the mythologicalcreatures, but I, also, enjoy reading vampire entertainment style books. You know kind of like Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles'.

But, a few months ago, I found this wonderful little book that I had heard of when it first published a few years ago. I had just finished reading Cesar Milan's "Cesar's Way: The Natural Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems," so I was looking for something new to read while browsing Target's selection.

I found The Historian on sale. I quickly grabbed the book, as I had remembered the publicity that it received when it premiered.

"The Historian"

Book Jacket Excerpt

"To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history...."

Review of "The Historian"

A young woman finds an old book and a collection of yellowing letters, to which were addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor." The woman's affinity towards history and her love for her father, began a journey of the secrets in her father's past that connect to a secret hidden world that even history has yet to discover.

The letters provide keys to the truths of Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose infamous reign on Walachia created the basis for the Dracula legend, but is it really a legend?

This young woman traces her fathers past with his stories and letters, as well as her attraction to the past, in order to find her father who is leaves on a quest to find his long lost wife.

This vampire ladden story has the bases of many truths and historical facts behind it. Follow the journey of this young woman across European land in search for her father, who is in search for the true, living, Dracula...

Following clues she has learned from ancient libraries, she has put together the path that her father has taken, following his stories of Istanbul, Budapest, and Eastern Europe. From monasteries and archives, this story of letters and secrets divulge the truths about Vlad the Impaler and his dark reign.

Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an wonderful adventure of great proportions, that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with suspense and unforgettable tales.

Author Elizabeth Kostova


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I read stoker's classic and all the other related stories I could find when I was 13 - 16 years old. Intriguing and fascinating. Finally read Varney the Vampire and Dracula's guest recently. Some of thee real people on whom some tales were based had medical conditions apparently. Others I would not want to meet in a dark alley, at least. Historian sounds interesting as well.

      Bela Lugosi was my favorite person when I was 13. I later read about his black-listing form Hollywood in the McCarthy witch hunts. I read how he got up before a crowd to speak about it and became so passionate that he lapsed into his native Hungarian and the english-speaking crwod understood the emotions and the injustice. He was very handsome in his 20s, too.

    • Peter M. Lopez profile image

      Peter M. Lopez 

      13 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      I have not read The Historian, but I loved Bram Stoker's classic, Dracula, so I may need to put The Historian on my reading list.

    • Lowrychris profile image


      13 years ago

      I've read THE HISTORIAN and enjoyed it. I read the original vampire story by the master, Bram Stoker,  but got burned out on them after visiting Anne Rice for so long.  I did pick up a book, DEAD IN DIXIE by an Arkansas writer Charlaine Harris, but haven't had a chance to devour it yet.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      13 years ago from Georgia

      Stacie: I agree that it was a great novel. Where did you live in Europe?

      Marmalade: Thank You

      Zsuzsy: I definately find this book as a must read! Whenever I remember I need to hand it off to my boyfriend who loves vampire stories, but is quite biased to Nancy Collins' Sonya Blue stories. He got me addicted to her vampire stories... (blushes)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      13 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I just finished the book. Wew! it was good. My daughter said it was a-must-read book. I don't usually like vampire stories but once I got started I really liked it.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      13 years ago from Sydney

      A good hub and concratulations on being prolific like you are

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      13 years ago from Seattle

      I really enjoyed this novel. Not only was it a "good" vampire tale, but it really stirred up my memories of living in Europe and reawakened my travel bug.


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