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The Historian: A Novel


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kellers10, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by kellers10)
Excellent book!
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This book held my interest the entire time, and I was pleased with the ending. Those are the two most important factors in finding a good book!!!
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Cher Hawkey, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Cher Hawkey)
Such a different take on the entire vampire genre! The switch between father and daughter's voices is smooth and you almost don't realize the change... Enthralling and thrilling, it grips the reader and creates a desire for more. Forget romanticized vampire stories and grab this one and delve into a world of intrigue!
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Not quite as "literary" as I expected and hoped but conversely much more suspenseful and thrilling than I had dared to expect. A cracking read for lovers of gothic fiction.
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Excellent story in which the reader is taken to another time and place.
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Product Details

Kostova, Elizabeth
Little Brown and Company
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Occult fiction
Horror fiction
Horror - General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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June 14, 2005
9.50x6.38x1.96 in. 2.02 lbs.

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Product details 656 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316011778 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Considering the recent rush of door-stopping historical novels, first-timer Kostova is getting a big launch — fortunately, a lot here lives up to the hype. In 1972, a 16-year-old American living in Amsterdam finds a mysterious book in her diplomat father's library. The book is ancient, blank except for a sinister woodcut of a dragon and the word 'Drakulya,' but it's the letters tucked inside, dated 1930 and addressed to 'My dear and unfortunate successor,' that really pique her curiosity. Her widowed father, Paul, reluctantly provides pieces of a chilling story; it seems this ominous little book has a way of forcing itself on its owners, with terrifying results. Paul's former adviser at Oxford, Professor Rossi, became obsessed with researching Dracula and was convinced that he remained alive. When Rossi disappeared, Paul continued his quest with the help of another scholar, Helen, who had her own reasons for seeking the truth. As Paul relates these stories to his daughter, she secretly begins her own research. Kostova builds suspense by revealing the threads of her story as the narrator discovers them: what she's told, what she reads in old letters and, of course, what she discovers directly when the legendary threat of Dracula looms. Along with all the fascinating historical information, there's also a mounting casualty count, and the big showdown amps up the drama by pulling at the heartstrings at the same time it revels in the gruesome. Exotic locales, tantalizing history, a family legacy and a love of the bloodthirsty: it's hard to imagine that readers won't be bitten, too. Agent, Amy Williams. 325,000 first printing; major ad/promo; 10-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "The Historian isn't especially scary (though Kostova can work up a respectable miasma of dread when needed), and it lacks the inane but breathless chase scenes of The Da Vinci Code, but for the sophisticated reader it's a fine Bordeaux to Dan Brown's overcaffeinated Diet Coke....The big difference is that, unlike Brown's nattering cardboard people, by the end of Kostova's novel, the girl and the mother she lost as an infant have also become people worth caring about, tragic figures enmeshed with a treacherous past. That makes The Historian a thriller in more ways than one." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "Surpass[es] The Da Vinci Code in almost every aspect....It is an atmospheric thriller with an improbable-but-plausible plot, exotic locations, multidimensional characters and an engaging style that unobtrusively hooks and then reels in the reader."
"Review" by , "Readers who think the legend of Dracula has become a trite staple of schlock fiction will find this atmospheric page-turner...a bloodthirsty delight....Both literary and scary, this one is guaranteed to keep one reading into the wee hours..."
"Review" by , "[A] ponderous, many-layered book that is exquisitely versed in the art of stalling....Only occasionally does the book deliver the kind of jolt that explains its prematurely inflated reputation."
"Review" by , "Kostova may have outdone Stoker or even, for that matter, Hollywood's numerous Dracula reincarnations with her chilling revelation of what motivates her blood-thirsty monster. Before the sun sets, grab this book and take a long and satisfying drink."
"Review" by , "There's a really terrific vampire story buried somewhere in The Historian....There is indeed a rich payoff if you persist through the slow parts. But then again, this is a frigging vampire novel. There shouldn't be slow parts. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "The Historian is artfully constructed and atmospheric, yet nothing that happens in it is really all that surprising. Still, Elizabeth Kostova has produced an honorable summer book, reasonably well written and enjoyable and...very, very long..."
"Review" by , "The Historian is intriguing for its thorough examination of what constitutes evil and why it exists....Kostova's thorough research and lively narrative will compel many in search of a good story, richly told and not soon forgotten."
"Review" by , "[O]ne terrific and fascinating read....[A] must-read for anyone with even a pretense to loving the genre. Kostova's debut is indeed auspicious and the news that she is working on a second novel is welcome."
"Review" by , "[A] late-night page-turner that will be sure to make you lose some precious hours of sleep....Anyone who loves to become involved in the lives of fictional characters will find much to savor in this intricately plotted, delicately written novel."
"Review" by , "[E]xceptionally well-written, with a particularly fine eye for descriptive detail....The Historian has the eye-catching premise, and Kostova's got the writing chops to deliver a novel that's equal to it."
"Review" by , "The writing is excellent, and the pace is brisk, although it sags a bit in the middle. There is plenty of suspense so that readers will want to find out what happens next."
"Review" by , "Kostova handles the logistics of multiple story lines well, though unfortunately her narrators all speak in the same hyper-descriptive, overwrought prose....Even if this thriller fails to thrill, [certain] moments...show Kostova to be a writer at home in the world: a rare and welcome thing."
"Review" by , "What's unfortunate about this [romanticizing of historians] is that the book...is otherwise the kind of wonderfully paced yarn that would make a suitable companion to a deck chair, a patch of sun and some socklessness."
"Synopsis" by , In this riveting debut novel, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could — the quest to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula.
"Synopsis" by , In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could — to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula.

When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor..." she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father's past, his mentor's career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history.

In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright — a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, have to do with the 20th century? Is it possible that Dracula has lived on in the modern world? And why have a select few historians risked reputation, sanity, and even their lives to learn the answer?

So begins an epic journey to unlock the secrets of the strange medieval book, an adventure that will carry our heroine across Europe and into the past — not only to the times of Vlad's heinous reign, but to the days when her mother was alive and her father was still a vibrant young scholar. In the end, she uncovers the startling fate of Rossi, and comes face to face with the definition of evil — to find, ultimately, that good may not always triumph.

"Synopsis" by , - A brilliant literary novel as well as a breathtaking page-turner, THE HISTORIAN has already created an international frenzy. Set for publication in over 15 languages, this gripping tale is about to take the world by storm.- The most abundantly successful novels in recent years have mixed fact and fantasy, history and present, to pulse-pounding dramatic effect. THE HISTORIAN is sure to lure the same hordes of readers that snapped up the blockbuster hits The Da Vinci Code, The Rule of Four and even the Harry Potter series.- This engrossing and expensive adventure is the culmination of 10 years of research and a lifetime of imagining--since Elizabeth Kostova's girlhood, when her father entertained her with stories of Dracula, she has envisioned the story that would become THE HISTORIAN and with her academic spirit and extraordinary talent, she's spun an intricate tale of sprawling mystery and suspense.- A blockbuster marketing and advertising plan, including a prepublication bookseller tour, a huge ad campaign and author tour, will make THE HISTORIAN the must-have summer read of 2005.
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