The story begins when a young woman, exploring her father’s study, finds an ancient book and a stack of letters addressed to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. From there the story plunges in to a mysterious world where she learns of her father’s past, and the events surrounding her mother’s mysterious disappearance.
It’s a historical tour de force based on one question: What if Vlad Ţepeş, Prince of Wallachia and the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, really was a vampire?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was pulled in by the history and I thought there was sufficient suspense to keep me flipping pages all the way to the end, but if you’re not really into history, or you’re looking for an action packed vampire book, it might not be the best fit for you.
A bit of related information: Apparently the author worked on the novel for ten years and she sold it within a couple months for a whopping two million dollars (it was her debut novel). I also heard Sony has purchased the movie rights, and is planning an adaptation.
I’ll be looking forward to that.