It is said that Vlad the Impaler's first wife jumped to her death rather than be with such a monster, however…
Princess Cneajna of Transylvania didn’t expect to be brought back from death’s door by an ancient Pagan Goddess. She certainly never asked to be made into an immortal witch. All she wanted was to live out her life the wife of Vlad the Impaler and mother of his two sons. However, now she has a new life, and with it comes the impossible task of breaking a centuries old curse placed on the women of her family. A curse that drives each one insane. To make matters even more complicated this is a family she didn’t even know she was related to: The Bathory’s.
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I really loved this book. Renee Lake has taken two of my favorite things and combined them into one big book of awesomeness. The intertwining of Dracula and the Bathory family is nothing short of genius.
Most people have at least heard of Elizabeth Bathory and her horrific practices. However, what if the reasoning behind her behavior was due to a curse placed on her family generations before she was born? I have read in other books that Elizabeth was not the only woman in her family to have issues. This author has taken that concept and given the reader a book that truly captures the imagination. Add in the legend of Dracula and his family, and this was one damn good book.
The author gives us important details about each character in a way that I became emotionally invested in this book right off the bat. Each character is interesting and well rounded. I sometimes find myself wanting to skim passages because it feels like just filler for that section of the story, but at no time did I feel that way while reading this.
I really liked how Lake incorporated the Bram Stoker-ish version of the story of Dracula also. I thought it added another level of interest and excitement to the story.
I honestly can’t think of one bad thing to say about this book. It seemed long at first but once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The story spans several hundred years, but it really flies by. We are given so much to think about, but not in a way that feels like it’s too much to process. The idea of Strega and Strigoi is given a different twist than I have read before and it was truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to review such a well written and interesting book.