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Chelsea Q. Yarbro is the first woman to be named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). In 1995, Yarbro was the only novelist guest of the Romanian government for the First World Dracula Congress, sponsored by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, the Romanian Bureau of Tourism, and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Yarbro is best known as the creator of the heroic vampire the Count Saint-Germain. With her creation of Saint-Germain, she delved into history and vampiric literature and subverted the standard myth to invent the first vampire who was more honorable, humane, and heroic than most of the humans around him. She fully meshed the vampire with romance and accurately detailed historical fiction, and filtered it through a feminist perspective that made both the giving of sustenance and its taking of equal erotic potency. A professional writer since 1968, Yarbro has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to Westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. A skeptical occultist for forty years, Yarbro has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
While not a Saint Germain novel, this has some of the same themes: how to act rationally in an irrational time, honor, alchemy, being an outsider. It's primary characters are a discharged Polish army captain Arkady who was fighting the Turks in 1524 who buys a beautiful blind Indian-Tibetan-Chinese -- could you tell I was unclear -- slave Suratta who is able to fight her enemies in shared visions during tantric sex. They travel from Hungary to Kyrgyztan and perhaps into China to battle the bad guy who took her sight, killed her family, and wants to plunge the world into darkness. It's a good vs. evil quest book, but it's more and better too.
This is a great book! The characters have a great deal of depth and personality. I have been looking for this book ever since I read it at the library. Unfortunately it's out of print, but it's worth pursuing regardless.