A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain
By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312865290, 384pp.)
Publication Date: August 1998
Categories: Fantasy - Dark/Horror
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The Comte de Saint-Germain is living in relative peace and prosperity in the village of Orgon in fourteenth-century France. He has won a grudging acceptance from the local populace, who are uneasy with his strange and foreign ways but appreciative of his generosity. But a new threat has upset the precarious balance: Plague has come to France, and the people's fear turns to xenophobia. To avoid the scrutiny that could reveal his true nature, Saint-Germain must flee. However, his travels drive him deeper into the heart of the Black Death--and danger.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's interests range from music--she composes and has studied seven different instruments as well as voice--to history, from horseback riding to needlepoint. Her writing is similarly wide-ranging; under her own name and pseudonyms, she has written everything from westerns to mysteries, from science fiction to nonfiction history.
Yarbro's critically-acclaimed historical horror novels featuring the Count Saint-Germain, including Hotel Transylvania, A Feast in Exile, Communion Blood, and Night Blooming, have a loyal readership. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has always lived in California and currently makes her home in the Berkeley area.
"Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's 'Saint-Germain' novels are probably the best series of vampire novels ever written." --The Hartford Courant
"Yarbro re-creates in lavish detail one of history's darkest and least understood periods. [A] well-researched, sumptuously written tale of honor and compassion in the midst of death of superstition."--Library Journal