The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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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.

Title : The Historian
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ISBN : 0751537284
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 704 pages


Meredith rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 01, 2009

You know you’ve been in school too long when you write a vampire novel in which Dracula’s ultimate threat is to force his victims to catalog his extensive library of antique books. On the other hand, after finishing The Historian, and its detailed Vlad the Impaler research, I’m willing to conside...

Martha rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 09, 2008

This has got to be one of the most disappointing books I've read in a long time. Although the descriptions of the various eastern European cities are often pretty and atmospheric, my frustration with this book won't let me mark it above one star. It starts out well; very interesting and suspensefu...

J rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2008

This novel is better than I had any anticipation of it being. I’d seen it among a friend’s luggage then later saw it at the library. Having just come off three weeks of nineteenth century novelists, I thought, Oh, something light would be a nice change. After all, I thought. Vampires. The book is...

Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 04, 2014

January 3, 2014 Dear Khanh of 2006, I am your older, wiser self. Many things will happen in the years that have elapsed before you become the me of today. You will fall in love. You will break hearts. You will get your heart broken (karma's a bitch). You will change jobs. You will graduate from col...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2007

This is actually the second time I've read this book. For a first novel, it is outstanding. I was completely engrossed in the story. I really love history and the whole Dracula lore. I thought it was a great mix of both. It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on. I think...

Elizabeth rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 24, 2007

Am I destined for some kind of literary hell if I say I wish Dan Brown would rewrite this story with the spark and intensity of the Da Vinci Code? I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conquered. You know, one where after a time you feel so invested that you MU...

Josh rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 15, 2008

Tentatively, my hand crept towards the mouse. What dark and unholy specter could be contained in other people's reviews of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian? I was filled with passive-voiced dread as the link was clicked by me. I was horrified to read: xdragonlady's review: "My main problem with th...

Arah-Lynda rated it ★★★★★

December 18, 2014

This book is impossible to resist. It has fairly leapt to the top shelf, where it's nestled down deep with my all time favourites. I confess to being initially reluctant to delve into this story, I mean who really needs another campy, vampire tale? Lucky for me I put these feelings aside long eno...

Matt rated it ★★★☆☆

July 06, 2017

I would have enjoyed being at the pitch meeting for Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. It had to have gone something like this: Well, most people think Dracula isn’t real, Kostova must have explained. What this book supposes is that not only is he real, but he’s still alive, and wreaking havoc on...

Sabrina rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 08, 2008

Wow, was I ever disappointed in this one! I initially read the dust jacket on one of my many excursions to the book store and was very excited. It had been a long time since I read a really good scary story with vampires. The dust jacket alluded to sleepless nights filled with suspense and horror...

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