A new 5 ***** review on Amazon. Thank you reader Jayde!
I am enormously flattered and humbled by the comments most reviewers and private commentators have made regarding the “I can’t put it down” nature of the book. But at the same time I am reminded that by publishing the 6 – 8 Books of the Dracula Chronicles at 12 months intervals, I am causing disappointment to many of my readers. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all most sincerely. All I can offer as an explanation is that being an old man I felt it would be too risky to wait until I finished the entire series before I published a single volume. By contrast, publishing as I go, with every volume that is issued I reduce the risk of not having at least part of Vlad’s story brought to light. Sure, I could have started writing a lot earlier and published the series all at once. But then I would have missed many of the life’s lessons that favor old writers when exploring the minds of complex characters.
This first book of Victor Foia’s Dracula Chronicles is a richly detailed look into the early life of Vlad, son of Dracul. Mr. Foia has obviously done extensive research into not only the history of the time, but this book shows thorough knowledge of the politics, customs, superstitions, and hierarchies of both the period and the geographical area.
While all that would make for an interesting history lesson, this book is also a “fun read”. It is fast paced, with well-drawn characters (both major and minor), action, unexpected twists and turns. Although a couple turns of phrase struck me as “too modern”, jarring me briefly out of the story, they were a tiny detraction from the overall excellence of this first effort. I eagerly await the next installment of this story.