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Yarbro takes an unusual tack in her latest adventure (after Communion Blood) for the worldly vampire Saint-Germain. In lieu of locating her vampire hero at a specific historical hot spot, she presents a plot that sprawls across 500 years, and for the familiar human heavies she substitutes a vampire villainness of the benevolent bloodsucker's own creation. While traveling through Spain in the seventh century, Saint-Germain, against his better judgment, saves the life of the mortally wounded Csimenae through a mingling of their blood. Despite his efforts to instruct her in the necessity of unobtrusive coexistence with humans, the haughty, impetuous Csimenae intimidates her countrymen into worshiping her and her son, Aulutis, eventually driving her vampire mentor away. Over the next 500 years, Saint-Germain's travels bring him into contact several times with Csimenae, who engenders a personal vampire army that preys on both unwary pilgrims and invading Moors. Yarbro's impressive historical research allows her ample opportunity to parallel Csimenae's exploits to the Muslim plunder of the Spanish countryside and the siege spirit that infected medieval Europe. Though the incessant details of daily life in the Dark Ages can grow wearisome, they are offset by Saint-Germain's poignant moments of soul-searching over his rare, regrettable moment of fallibility. The chronicles of Saint-Germain total more than a dozen books, but the unexpectedly original angle of this novel offers an infusion of fresh blood that could make it one of the series' most popular entries; it also suggests that Yarbro has other surprises to spring in future volumes. (Oct.)
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Adult/High School-Among the numerous and diverse vampires invented in recent years, Yarbro's Prince Ragoczy stands out. From his debut in Hotel Transylvania (St. Martin's, 1978; o.p.) to Communion Blood (Tor, 1999), through 19 popular novels and a short-story collection, this paradoxically humane vamp has survived terrors of history from ancient Egypt to World War II. In ironic contrast to man's documented inhumanity, the vampire Ragoczy is intelligent, ethical, and heroic. Several thousand years of personal growth have taught him to nurture his "victims" with a sensual sharing of their life force, rather than killing them, when he feeds. Here, in a moment of poor judgment in seventh-century Catalonia, he creates a monster vampire who proceeds to terrorize the countryside for hundreds of years; feeling responsible for this "child," an anguished Ragoczy attempts to reform her. Come Twilight describes 500 years of Catalonian social, political, linguistic, and ecological changes under the successive rule of Romans, Moors, and Christians. Especially noteworthy is the parallel Yarbro draws between the ecological disaster resulting from the Moors' deforestation of the area, and the failure of Ragoczy's morally deficient protge to survive in a way that connects with life rather than destroys it. Episodically exploring one geographical region over several historical periods rather than focusing on a single era, this is an interesting departure from the earlier novels. It assumes some previous knowledge of the series, but fans of the "Saint Germain Chronicles" should appreciate this fresh perspective.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Yarbro has developed quite a bit as a writer over the course of the Sanct Germain series. Her characters have more depth, and her sense of place is terrific. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Amazon Customer
I have a been a longtime fan of Yarbro, and have the entire Ragoczy series, but somehow this one failed to fully engage me. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by Kimba Girl
Thinking about what makes a good book, one that qualifies for inclusion in what to take to the desert isle, but isn't pap, and doesn't get boring on a re-read, leads me to Yarbro's... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2001
Even though the protagonist of this, Yarbro's latest in her Chronicles of Count Saint-Germain, is indeed a vampire and, like all of its companion titles, contains a pleasantly... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2000 by Stephen Richmond
I've been a fan of CQY since reading Hotel Transylvania when it was first published. I own every SG book in hardcover and read them repeatedly. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2000
I enjoyed the fact that novel spanned several centuries, although in some ways I wish it had been split into two or three novels. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2000
This one is different in several respects. Unfortunately, as usual, the story gets slowed down by the endless letters. Scan those and go back to read them later if you must. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2000 by Penina Keen Spinka
Come Twilight is one of the most powerful Saint-Germain novels that Yarbro has written to date. As usual, her writing and historical research is top-notch; the reader feels like... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2000