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Come Twilight [Hardcover]

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Oct. 6 2000 St. Germain (Book 13)
Come Twilight begins in eastern Spain in the early 600s, when Saint-Germain makes a vampire of the headstrong Csimenae. In the next 140 years, as Spain is controlled first by the the Visigoths and then by Moors, Csimenae becomes a mother of vampires. Though he will regret it for centuries to come, Saint-Germain must act against her.

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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 prot‚g‚e 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Thirteenth in the Saint Germain series. Nov. 7 2003
Or fourteenth, if you count "Out of the House of Life", a spinoff novel primarily about the character of Madeline de Montalia, a vampiric "childe" of Saint Germain, but also including some flashback scenes featuring an early Saint Germain.
Or seventeenth, if you also include "A Flame In Byzantium", "Crusader's Torch", and "A Candle For d'Artagnan", a spinoff series about Olivia Atta Clemens, an earlier offspring.
Throughout the series, the best part of these novels is the character of the count Saint-Germain himself; he is an unmitigated hero, not the anti-hero that one usually sees in vampire novels, and that's a fascinating change of pace. He always explains that he wasn't always the urbane, elegant, even-tempered, kind and sensitive individual that he is now; four thousand years ago, when he became a vampire, he was a typical ravening beast, but he outgrew it. This is a marvellous and original perspective on vampirism, and a delightfully optimistic outlook on humanity: that given sufficient time, ANYBODY can grow up, even a bloodthirsty creature of the night.
As a result, what we have in this series is a series of historical novels, set at various points along the very long time-line of Saint Germain's life. We generally see very little of other vampires, other than occasionally seeing those who Saint Germain has made vampires in previous books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I smell a sequel... Feb. 11 2003
This series is terrific. I read some of them a while ago, and am re-reading them now (and now there are even more in the series, so there's no danger of running out any time soon!)
There's some moral preaching, and the series does tend to be repetitive; the people follow trends. [...]
(Ok, I'm off my soapbox now.)
That said, that's my only beef with it. The writing is lovely, the letters to and from the characters and the notes describing what happened to the letters - weather they made it or not - are wonderful. The history comes to life and seems like a place just around the corner; you can see the mountains, touch the trees. You feel the differnt colors of the story.
This book represents a break from the series' tradition of plot: St Germain sets himself up in a place, meets people, gets himself a few friends and a few enemies, meets a lovely woman and sometimes an icky woman, gets into trouble and has to leave under bad circumstances. In this case, he makes a vampire out of a woman... and ooooh boy was that a mistake. It's sort of three related novelettes, taking place over some time. It isn't resolved completely at the end, thus the title of this review: I smell a sequel....
I actually like this book all the more for it's breaking from the traditional plot of her others. It's nice to know that while history may repeat itself, Chelsea Quin Yarbro doesn't have to.
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If, like me, you've read all of the St. Germain Chronicles, you will want to read Come Twilight, but if you're just starting to read Yarbro's vampire books, I don't recommend you start with this one. Since the St. Germain books range through time from ancient Egypt to the outbreak of World War II, it is understandable that Yarbro has some difficulty in creating narrative tension concerning St.Germain, when she writes about his life during an earlier period of history. Nevertheless, there is less narrative tension here than in many of the books in the series. It is true, as mentioned in the review printed with this book, that Yarbro does not ascribe to historical persons 21st century attitudes. It is also true that this can be a weakness, as well as a strength, in her work. It can become tiresome to read about female characters with no scope for change in their lives, or people, such as Csimenae (the female vampire character in this book), who are incapable of learning or experiencing emotional growth and intellectual change. Even St. Germain and his relationship with Roger can
sometimes become just so much rote behavioral habit. Come Twilight made me long for the passion and fire and narrative drive of the earlier books in the series, such as Roman Blood, Path of the Eclipse, and Tempting Fate.
Since we know that St. Germain will survive into the 20th century, the narrative drive has to come largely through the supporting characters in the novels. The supporting characters in this particular novel, however, were just not sufficiently compelling to make me care about their survival.
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As of Dec. 2000, this is the newest book in the series about the almost-immortal vampire St. Germain. Those who already know that they like vampire novels, anything at all that features a vampire, can skip this review, and likewise, those who hate the whole idea of vampires can skip it. But for those trying to decide whether or not to read more of this genre, or whether the one vampire novel you've already read was a fluke, it may help to have some ways to categorize these novels. Thus: BunRab's Standard Vampire Classification Guide. First, most authors of vampire novels approach from one of the main genres of genre fiction; thus their background may be primarily in romance, or in science fiction/fantasy, or in murder mysteries, or in horror. Second, many vampire novels come in series; knowing whether this is one of a series, and where in the series it falls, may be helpful. Then we have some particular characteristics: - Is the vampire character (or characters) a "good guy" or a "bad guy"? Or are there some of each? - Are there continuing characters besides the vampire, through the series? - Are there other types of supernatural beings besides vampires? - Can the vampire stand daylight under some circumstances, or not stand daylight at all? - Does the vampire have a few other supernatural characteristics, many other supernatural characteristics, or none other than just being a vampire? (E.g., super strength, change into an animal, turn invisible) - Does the vampire have a regular job and place in society, or is being a vampire his or her entire raison d'etre? - Does the vampire literally drink blood, or is there some other (perhaps metaphorical) method of feeding? - Is sex a major plot element, a minor plot element, or nonexistent? Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars The plot is getting thin.
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 more
Published on Aug. 28 2001 by Jeffrih
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites
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 more
Published on Jan. 24 2001 by Kimba Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires and (real) history. What could be better?
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 more
Published on Jan. 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun vampire romp in early Spain.
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 more
Published on Dec 28 2000 by Stephen Richmond
1.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Open a Window!!!
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 more
Published on Nov. 22 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the different format
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 more
Published on Nov. 21 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best
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 more
Published on Oct. 25 2000 by Penina Keen Spinka
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying & Thrilling Saint-Germain book
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 more
Published on Sept. 30 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of the Count.....
I found this newest edition of the Saint Germain series ALL that is great from Ms. Yarbro. She makes me feel that I'm "THERE" in the time & places she is writting... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2000 by "mcmarcy"
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