Welcome to BRB and another FFAF, everyone!
I don't know if it's possible but I'm a closet vampire enthusiast. I love a good vampire story, especially when that story is brought to life through a movie. The visual concept of the character reigns supreme for me. And, sadly, because of this I must confess I don't generally read vampire novels. I've read a chapter here and there, skimmed a paragraph or two, but I've never bothered to purchase many books in the genre aside from the timeless classic Dracula.
Anyway, since I do like vampires and reading historical stuff I thought I'd try something different. And I promise Vlad The Last Confession is completely different. You can take everything you know or think you know about the notorious prince of Romania and you can throw it out the window. Not only did the author paint an entirely unique portrait of the man, Mr. Humphreys' cast doubt upon his crimes and made him human again.
Vlad The Last Confession-Book Review
Writing a memorable piece of fiction is difficult enough, but to breathe life into an infamous historical figure and accurately reconstruct the events surrounding that person, while maintaining an unbiased viewpoint is an accomplishment for any author. It takes patience, dedication, and countless hours of research.
Having said that, I do enjoy a well-written historical novel, but I've come across my fair share of lousy ones. So, when I picked up Vlad The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys I wasn't sure what to expect. I am familiar with Vlad Dracula and his enduring influence on vampire folklore throughout the centuries and, initially, I'd envisioned another tale reminiscent of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but thankfully that wasn't the case. The author did his homework, and it shows.
Other than an issue with POV jumping and having to familiarize myself with the glossary, Vlad The Last Confession was conceptually brilliant and kept my interest from the first page to the last. I give it 4 stars!
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