If someone had told me there was a good book on the life of the real Dracula, I too would have been skeptical about reading it. There have been so many broken promises of that nature that it is miracle anybody still gives the Dracula Chronicles a chance.
Novels about Vlad, aka Dracula, fall into 2 categories: those that try to improve upon Bram Stoker’s masterpiece by “out-vampiring” the Irish master; and those that present Vlad as the Turk-abused-and-victimized ruler bent of meeting out rightful revenge. The former end up recycling worn-out conceits from every book of the genre that came before them; the latter usually give the reader that “who cares” feeling that is the death-knell of any book.
I steered the Dracula Chronicles clear of both of these traditional approaches, and chose a path that was more taxing but hopefully more rewarding to my readers. If in the end they care for the Vlad of my vision, it won’t be on account of his forlornness as a vampire; nor because of his crude and pathetic need for revenge. It will be because … Oh, no, that is not mine to say, but yours. 🙂 I’ll have to wait and see what made you care for a man who’s disappeared 500 years ago.
I don’t know the nature of this reviewer’s skepticism but I’m thrilled to see that once he began reading the Son of the Dragon, like all reviewers before him, he “could not put it down“.
Thank you reader James.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, March 9, 2013
I must admit at first I was very skeptical of a fiction novel about Vlad. After reading Mr. Foia’s bio I decided to buy it and give it a read. I could not put it down. I was amazed at the creativity, and the historical accuracy blended together.
I am also glad westerner’s have a chance to be exposed to the life and times of Vlad, written by someone who has done the historical research.