Historian, The

By Elizabeth Kostova (Mass Market, 2008)
Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

"Never was a ghost story so casually erudite, nor a historical travelogue such gripping entertainment." ---New York Magazine

"Impossible to resist. . . . Kostova blends fact and fantasy to remind us that the original Dracula legend is rooted in monstrous acts of unblinking evil." ---Miami Herald

"A richly told story about family and the dark side of human nature. . . . This cry of the heart will appeal to readers beyond those who are drawn by a fascaination with the legend of Dracula." ---Chicago Tribune

"Genuinely terrifying." ---Boston Globe

"Nearly impossible to put down once you crack the spine. . . . It won't take you long to get to the end." ---Houston Chronicle

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

"Never was a ghost story so casually erudite, nor a historical travelogue such gripping entertainment." ---New York Magazine

"Impossible to resist. . . . Kostova blends fact and fantasy to remind us that the original Dracula legend is rooted in monstrous acts of unblinking evil." ---Miami Herald

"A richly told story about family and the dark side of human nature. . . . This cry of the heart will appeal to readers beyond those who are drawn by a fascaination with the legend of Dracula." ---Chicago Tribune

"Genuinely terrifying." ---Boston Globe

"Nearly impossible to put down once you crack the spine. . . . It won't take you long to get to the end." ---Houston Chronicle

Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won  the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

  • "Quite extraordinary. . . . Kostova is a natural storyteller. . . . She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "Blending history and myth, Kostova has fashioned a version so fresh that when a stake is finally driven through the heart, it inspires the tragic shock of something happening for the very first time." (Newsweek).

  • "Hypnotic. . . . A thrill ride through history." (Denver Post).

  • "Part thriller, part history, part romance. . . . Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous tale to tell." (Baltimore Sun).

  • "A quest into the chilling heart of one of Europe's spookiest legends. Be prepared for sleepless nights." (Travel and Leisure).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

  • (Library Journal).

  • (PW Annex Reviews).

Product Details

Historian, The
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$11.99 CAN
  • Pages: 928
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 7-1/2"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316067942
  • On Sale Date: 06/01/2008
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