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Vlad: Another 'Hollywood' Tale
on 17 March 2011
I stumbled across Vlad: The Last Confession after reading several reviews on this very page and decided to give it a go. I have a passion for reading historical fiction and works by the likes of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell etc
Whilst C.C. Humphrey's has certainly created a refreshing take on Vlad 'Dracul-a' I still felt he strayed towards the more fantasy elements surrounding the story of Dracula, no he didn't have Vlad baring fangs and drinking blood but he certainly leaned towards a more exaggerated course.
The writing at times was clumsy and certainly I found myself re-reading over certain sections of dialogue to get a firm grasp of what characters had said and to whom. Although the character development of Vlad is at times questionable in general the characters Humphrey's has created are rather good.
C.C. Humphrey's had his work cut out dealing with the real 'Dracula' because so little is actually known of the man and to a degree he succeeded but by his own words found in the Authors Notes one of his editors 'admirably restrains my tendency towards the Hollywood epic' perhaps in my opinion he didn't restrain him enough!