Friday, October 22, 2010
Historical Fiction Friday
Everyone knows the tale of Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. But what some people may not know is that in the 1600s there was Countess Erzsébet Báthory...otherwise known as the Blood Countess.
Countess Bathory had a fixation on youth. She wanted to stay young. So she killed some of her servants and bathed in their blood. Well, that's one of the stories.
This is an adult novel, but I think teens will find it interesting. I have an ARC and I'll be writing a review soon.
here is a summary:
Johns's creepily enticing second novel (after Icebergs) travels to 1611 Hungary as Countess Erzsébet Báthory--aka the Blood Countess--is being walled into a castle tower as punishment for the murder of dozens of women and girls. She begins writing her life story as an exposé of the many betrayals that have brought about this--as she sees it--outrageous and unjust imprisonment. The steady, calm tone of Erzsébet's narration lulls the reader along so that the first hints of madness in her girlhood engender doubt and discomfort rather than horror, and as her lack of remorse and grandiose sense of entitlement are unveiled, a matter-of-fact self-portrait of a murderer emerges. This is a carefully researched story, gothic in tone and grimly atmospheric, with subtly handled psychology and an initially unassuming tone.