Come Twilight Hardcover – Oct 6 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
An adventure of the Vampire Count Saint-Germain with great historical detail.
Educational,fascinating and enjoyable.
The best author of Vampire novels yet.
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