The Historian

The Historian

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Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to 'My dear and unfortunate successor'. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history. In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright - a hunt for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the Dracula myth. Deciphering obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions, and evading terrifying adversaries, one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions - a captivating tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful - and utterly unforgettable.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • 137.16 x 144.78 x 38.1mm | 294.83g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Hachette Audio
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 1600248616
  • 9781600248610
  • 611,285

About Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova is the author of THE HISTORIAN. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and three children.show more

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A spirited update of Bram Stoker's classic, vastly ingenious ... Kostova is a whiz at storytelling and narrative pace Observer 'Told with a compelling intensity which will keep the reader hooked until the last Undead tomb door swings shut' Sunday Telegraph Filled with fascinating details of archaic vampire lore, the splendours of the Ottoman Empire and the beauty of Romania' TLSshow more

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A spirited update of Bram Stoker's classic, vastly ingenious ... Kostova is a whiz at storytelling and narrative pace Observer 'Told with a compelling intensity which will keep the reader hooked until the last Undead tomb door swings shut'show more

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203,085 ratings
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4 33% (67,311)
3 23% (47,273)
2 9% (18,429)
1 4% (8,390)
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