Today I finally finished The Historian. At 676 pages, it's a formidable accomplishment for me, one I wasn't sure I'd really stick with to the end, but I'm glad I did.
This is one rich novel...rich in descriptive detail, rich in history, rich in character development. Told from the point of view of a sixteen-year old girl who has led a privileged and sheltered life, it explores the ancient legend of Dracula and the attempts of modern researchers to uncover the truth about his life and (un)death. Yes, rather bizarre subject material for me, but nevertheless an uncommon pleasure.
The Historian will appeal to you if you are 1) interested in the legend of Dracula; 2) have a special interest in international diplomacy; 3) love history and the history of Eastern Europe in particular; or 4) just love a good suspense story that's beautifully written.
Just don't plan to read it all in one or two sittings!