This book was a gift from a friend and I wasn't sure if it would live up to the great reviews. However it is a very intelligently written book and had a good blend of action, beautiful description which could come from a travel writer as well, as well as many classic story telling techniques and a lot of informative historical info. The story unfolds through a series of letters, written and spoken accounts. This is in the best tradition of the Gothic Novel and the stories within stories are easy to keep track of - so I didn't find this technique difficult to follow or understand the chronology of. I know some reviewers rubbished this way of writing but as it is a particular structural technique used in many classics I think it would appeal to people who have enjoyed the original Bram Stoker Classic Dracula as well as people who have studied a little literature or horror. If you like a straight chonological / 100% action read, then you might struggle with enjoyment of this structure. The content of the book is extremely varied and has something for everyone - there are scary vampires ( as well as a great Dracula) and vampire law, there is action, a surprisingly well written love story, there are amazing, atmospheric descriptions of places in Eastern and Southern Europe complete with really detailed and accurate historical referencing. I learned a lot about the history of medaeival as well as twentieth century Europe from reading this. In other places you can actually smell the food and hear the sounds described. For Dracular fans, his character is explored both as a historical figure and as the scary hollywood style vampire we've all come to know. Anyone who loves books, literature, travelling, libraries, history, gothic novels and vampire legends through the ages should really like this book. I found it a page turner because it contained a lot of interesting facts and the story was woven cleverly to keep you guessing. It loses pace a little at the end but luckily not enough to ruin the book. I really reccommend this because I felt it was a rewarding book to read rather than an easy vampire paperback which wouldn't really reflect the true depth of horror anyway.
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The Historian is a good story, and is enhanced in an excellent audio production. With really good narrators, (a stong cast list of actors including Martin Jarvis and Joanne Whalley,) and using engaging and chilling sound effects it will keep you going right to the end. More of an eerie thriller than anything 'gory' I enjoyed it immensely.