The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer
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The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer

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The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer, a compelling tale of prophecy and intrigue at the palace of the Ottomans and an original exploration of the myth of the vampire

When Vlad Dracula arrives at the court of the Ottoman Sultan Murad II, his life is turned upside down. His father Dracul cannot protect him; he must battle his demons alone.

1442: The Ottoman Turks are advancing through the Balkans with Vienna in their sights and Constantinople, the Orthodox Greek capital, within their grasp. Dracul, ruler of Wallachia (present-day Romania), will pay almost any price to save his country, but he will not surrender to the blackmail of the cardinals of Rome; he will not betray the Greeks.

When Vlad, his middle son, begins to show signs of the ancestral sickness, Dracul vows to deliver him into safety. But time is running short. To some, Vlad Dracula is a strigoi, the worst of all evils; to others, he is the son of a righteous man. Confrontational, charismatic and manipulative, he tests family and enemy alike. Surely he is destined for power, but of what kind?

As the Ottomans plot to take Constantinople, the future of Vlad Dracula becomes a weapon for those who would preserve the Golden City of the Eastern Church. The Catholics are afraid of him; the Greeks hold the scrolls that tell of his past. And when the Sultan calls for the services of a soothsayer, even the shrewd teller of fortunes is unprepared for what he learns.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 27mm | 551g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1527202062
  • 9781527202061
  • 1,751,414

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"I thoroughly enjoyed this book...a huge leap forward in scope and accomplishment" MARY HOFFMAN, Author of the Stravaganza series and The Ravenmaster's Boy "This novel will draw you into a world of intrigue, and a story operating on many levels. ...You'll find yourself musing on seemingly insignificant individuals and their fates, and also on vast subjects such as whether differing religions can work together for a shared enlightenment, and on the role played by Dracula in shaping the world in the 15th century and the centuries to come. Dracula may be a figure often consigned to horror stories and melodrama; here by contrast, he is enigmatic and masterful, an historical figure effortlessly characterised by Turner even as she cloaks him in mystery." SILVERLOCK BOOK REVIEWS
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54 ratings
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4 28% (15)
3 19% (10)
2 6% (3)
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