Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Being a vampire sucks—sure, you get to see a lot of history in the making but you also watch loved ones die—plus, according to Saint-Germain, your only nourishment is blood—apparently you can’t eat or drink anything else, even recreationally.  There are other disadvantages as well, particularly for the guy vampires, but the undead lost me at ‘no dessert’.

That said, Saint-Germain is an intriguing character.  He’s kind, but in Blood Games, he’s living in Nero’s Rome—why?  It’s sickening to know that atrocities happen—why would anyone want a front-row seat?  Is he trying to lead by example?  Is he inflicting some sort of penance on himself?  If so, for what?  How long has he been around anyway?  I’m curious enough that I’m planning to check out the rest of the series.  For a quick glimpse of his personality, check out this link for Yarbro’s “Interview With A Vampire” http://www.chelseaquinnyarbro.net/s-g_inter.html

The Saint-Germain series in historical order:

  • Blood Games
  • Roman Dusk
  • Dark of the Sun
  • A Flame in Byzantium
  • Come Twilight
  • Night Blooming
  • Better in the Dark
  • Crusader’s Touch
  • Path of the Eclipse
  • Blood Roses
  • A Feast in Exile
  • The Palace
  • States of Grace
  • Darker Jewels
  • A Candle for D’Artagnan
  • Mansions of Darkness
  • Communion Blood
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Borne in Blood
  • Out of the House of Life
  • In the Face of Death
  • Writ in Blood
  • Tempting Fate
  • Midnight Harvest

The Saint-Germain series melds historical fiction, romance and horror into something quite unique.  Recommended!

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