Shelf Control – March 24, 2016

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available.  Take a look at your shelves and/or Kindle and post about a book you own but haven’t read yet.

77273Title: The Historian
Author:  Elizabeth Kostova
Published: Published June 14th 2005 by Little, Brown and Company
Length: 642 Pages

Goodreads Summary: To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history….Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler’s dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad’s ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.

How I Got It: I bought it used at Half Price Books.

When I Got It: At least 3 years ago.

Why I Want To Read It: The cover and the title immediately drew me into the book.  But when I read the jacket cover, I was hooked.  And now after re-reading the summary all I want to do right now is drop my current read and pick this one up ASAP!  Vlad the Impaler is such a fascinating historical person and this book sounds so mysterious and thrilling!

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

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4 thoughts on “Shelf Control – March 24, 2016

  1. I can’t remember a whole lot about it except that I loved it!! It had an interesting mystery and was one of those books with lots of detail that somehow doesn’t feel too slow when you read. I got it for my birthday quite a few years ago. But I have two friends that like to reread it often.

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