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5.0 out of 5 stars More fact than fiction, August 31, 2013
By
Kenneth Wills (Grapevine, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews
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I suspect that the average person regards Dracula as a myth, and that the better educated ones think of him as a legend, comparable to Robin Hood or Lady Godiva. So it seems ironic that Victor Foia is intent on uncovering all the factual records about Dracula, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, in a series of works of fiction. Clearly he has done considerable research to be able to reconstruct the historical course of events in his life. Lucretius (99-55 BC) explained that he chose poetry as the means of communicating the atomic theory to his fellow Romans by using the analogy of coating bitter medicine with honey. In the same way Victor Foia has coated what to many might be dry medieval history with the liveliest, imaginative, fictional conversations. His characters spring to life and make compelling reading. You can enjoy a good historical novel like this just as sheer entertainment, but at the same time you gain an excellent awareness of the political struggles that were sweeping Europe in the fifteenth century. This is just the first volume. It stands complete on its own merits, but I can hardly wait for the next installment!

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