This book is what first got me interested in the story of Elizabeth Bathory, but, after researching her in fact, I seems a lot of what is written in "Blood Ritual" is heavily embellished. This is to be expected, I suppose. Giving Elizabeth another child, giving her powers she never posessed and creating a Bathory family legacy that would probably offend any surviving descendants just to spice up the story is all well and good, but it is misleading. At the beginning of the book the author claims to have written a lot from fact, but I disgress- the story is what I'm supposed to be reviewing. It's an interesting story and it passes the time, but apart from that I can't give it more than a lukewarm reccomendation. The love story between the nun and our blind hero is sappy and sickly-sweet, but descriptions of Elizabeth's crimes, though exaggerated, can almost make up for it.