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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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July 15 1994 Atta Olivia Clemens (Book 3)
Olivia Atta Clemens, immortal vampire, Roman noblewoman, beloved of the Count Saint-Germain-has come to Paris seeking only peace. But the year is 1637, and there is no peace to be found in the Court of Louis XIII, where Cardinal Richelieu maneuvers to control the throne.

Caught up in the intrigue against her will, Olivia seeks and wins the protection of a young guardsman named d'Artagnan-a man destined to become one of the greatest heroes of all time.

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In this conclusion to the trilogy chronicling the life of vampire Atta Olivia Clemens, Yarbro depicts the reigns of Louis XIII and young Louis XIV and the battles waged by Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin to uphold the power of the monarchy. Living quietly on her estate in Italy, Olivia, now a wealthy widow, agrees to join Mazarin's retinue and move to France where she can serve as his agent and provide a place for him to hold informal meetings. Once there, she meets and falls in love with Charles D'Artagnan of the King's Musqueteerssp ok , uncovers treachery and is dogged by a secret enemy. The story often advances obliquely, with much of the action taking place offstage and reported to the reader through letters or later commentary. This often boring approach is here a brilliant device, illuminating motivation and providing the necessary compression for tumultuous events that span more than a decade. Yarbro writes sympathetically about the loneliness and perils of near-immortality.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Compuslive reading."--Kirkus Reviews

"This is romantic suspense with a few intellectual vampires stirred into the ploy....a gentler kind of 'horror'."--Booklist

"Yarbro's vampires are benign, rational, civilazed beings more worthy of the term 'humanity' than many of the mortal they encounter."--Locus

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From Advent to Epiphany there was a continuous parade of musicians and acrobats at Senza Pari; the entertainment, always an essential part of the season, was reputed to be superior at the home of Bondama Atta Olivia Clemens, more than the equal of any titled nobleman in Roma. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ninth in the Saint-Germain series. Oct. 26 2002
Format:Paperback
Or third in the Olivia series, depending on how you look at it.
For those unfamiliar with the series, the Saint-Germain series is a series of historical "horror" novels (although the horror element is tenuous at best, based purely on the fact that the main characters are vampires, and "vampire fiction" is considered a subgenre of "horror fiction"; actually, "historical romance" is closer to accurate) in which the main character is the vampire Saint-Germain, who has lived as a vampire since roughly 1500-2000 BCE. In this book, however, as in the previous two, the main character is Atta Olivia Clemens, who as a lover of Saint-Germain's became a vampire when she died, back in the Rome of the Emperor Nero (in the third book of the series, "Blood Games".)
This book is set in France during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, which is the period during and slightly after the time of Cardinal Richelieu of "The Three Musketeers" fame. The "d'Artagnan" of the title is based on the historical Charles d'Artagnan on whom Dumas based his hero, not on the fictional hero himself.
In some ways, this book is better than the two previous books focusing on Olivia; my major complaint about them, that Olivia's vampiric powers were downplayed too severely, does not apply to this book. But I have a very major problem with EXTREMELY major plot points happening offstage, and the reader being informed of them after the fact and given an insufficient description of events to follow the action. This was badly done, and is a major part of my failure to rate this book more highly. Also, the editing did not seem as tight as in the previous entries; far too many typos and incorrect word usage (being "adverse" to something, rather than "averse", etc) managed to slip through. I hope this trend doesn't continue into the later books in the series.
This is an enjoyable read, better than some in the series, certainly not as good as "Tempting Fate", the fifth book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atta Olivia Clemens May 19 2000
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is one of my favorite authors, and I especially love her historical horror novels starring the vampires Count Saint-Germain and Olivia Clemens. I can't wait until she writes another book!
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Olivia trilogy is comprised of A Flame in Byzantium (1987), Crusader's Torch (1988), and A Candle for d'Artagnan (1989). As well as being the concluding volume, A Candle for d'Artagnan is the best book in the trilogy. As usual, Yarbro's research is excellent, and the readers are introduced to actual historical figures such as Cardinal Richelieu. The action takes place in mid-17th century France, where Olivia is whisked away to as part of a political team. During her stay in France she meets and falls in love with Charles d'Artagnan. Olivia is torn between her desire to let Charles know her for what she is: a vampire, or to keep quiet because of the risks. Yarbro expertly combines historical romance and political intrigue with the supernatural.
As of May 2000, Yarbro has had 12 Saint-Germain novels published that serve as a companion to the Olivia series, as well as one book about the vampire Madelaine de Montalia.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Heroine Meets Red-Blooded Hero Feb. 17 1999
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Probably the best entry in Yarbro's two intertwined vampire series. After a while, the long-suffering St. Germain and his endless procession of misunderstood mortal girlfriends becomes a little dull. Yarbro's Roman vampire heroine, Olivia, has a much better excuse; she's living in centuries when a woman without a male protector is one step away from being a social outcast. Behavior that would be maddeningly passive from St. Germain is pleasantly assertive in Olivia. Charles D'Artagnan, who falls in both love and lust with Olivia, gives the book a breath of fresh air. In a series where most male characters are either eunuchs or evil sadists, it's nice to see a testosterone-driven character who is nonetheless honorable and likeable. As in all these books, Yarbro has done her historical homework. Charles is definitely based on the real historical figure, not the book or movie D'Artagnan of the Three Musketeers. Readers who are expecting Dumas will be disappointed (the historical Athos, already dead when the book opens, is dismissed in a sentence) but Charles has much the same energy and enthusiasm you'd expect from a movie D'Artagnan. A fun novel even if you've never read the series; although it's the last book of a trilogy, it reads well on its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable Olivia Dec 21 2001
Format:Paperback
In A Candle for D'Artagnan, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has provided Atta Olivia Clemens with her ultimate reward, a lover who embraces her life cheerfully, passionately and with respect. Yarbro borrows D'Artagnan, the unlettered Gascon hero of the Dumas Musketeer novels, and gives him a new stature as Olivia's ultimate partner. Dumas would have been proud, if he had recovered from his shock.
It is a pleasure -- albeit a bittersweet one -- to read this best of the Olivia books and realize that if there had been no Count de Saint-Germain, one would still want to know this brave, wise woman who only incidentally has lived for centuries.
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