Photine and her troupe of players are great as supporting characters; Photine's difficulties with her son and her willingness to do anything to save him are believable and sympathetic. I liked Feo, too; I'm sorry that it isn't left open for him to come back. The philosophical discussions that crop up here and there are good, too, and I wish there had been more of them -- the poem that opens the play that the troupe performs in France is a nice summary, if a bit grim.
I like how in the two most recent books this one and Sustenance , Yarbro is letting St. Germain reminisce a bit more, show a bit more of his age and his frustration with the stupidities of short-lived humans. It's all the more remarkable that he still maintains his respect for humanity and his desire to nourish the spark of it that remains in himself. Jul 06, Lara rated it it was ok Shelves: A decent read, with the usual CQY caveat that Saint-Germain is of course kinder, more tolerant, more patient, smarter, and in general better than every single human being he meets, as is Madelaine.
Also, the quest to rescue Madelaine lacks urgency for me, because I have read almost this entire series and I know she's going to survive into the late twentieth century at the very least. The ending last pages or so annoyed me. When Photine's dumbass son attacks Saint-Germain violently and in f A decent read, with the usual CQY caveat that Saint-Germain is of course kinder, more tolerant, more patient, smarter, and in general better than every single human being he meets, as is Madelaine.
When Photine's dumbass son attacks Saint-Germain violently and in front of witnesses and is dragged off to prison, her first response is to insist--in front of her bleeding lover--that he couldn't have done this, it must have been a mistake, please go lie to the guillotine-happy authorities about it.
When she's offered a chance to go talk to an official about her son's innocence, of course she goes, only to end up being drugged, raped, and brutalized. Oh, if only she'd stuck by Saint-Germain! If only she'd transferred all her loyalties to her lover, who is also incidentally the patron of her acting troupe and the person paying a portion of the bills, rather than her son!
The fact that Photine values her son idiot teenage jerk though he is over her lover and keeper Saint-Germain should not be something to be punished. Yet the text makes it clear that she is in the wrong, and the implication at the end of the book suggests the the punishment is ongoing--her new playwright lover was executed for writing sedition, her troupe no longer trusts her judgment and may be dissolving, and after all that, her idiot son was sent overseas to be pressed into the French militia in Africa and she has no way of knowing whether he's alive or dead.
Unless your name is Madelaine de Montalia. Dec 04, Veerle rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this 25th book of the Saint-Germain saga, we follow the count in his rescue mission to save his beloved Madelaine from the guillotine, for Madame la Guillotine is eager for blood, noble blood, clergy blood, common blood or vampire blood, she does not care, and the guillotine would be as deadly to vampires as she is to the living. As a patron to the group, he provides the money and as a member of the trou In this 25th book of the Saint-Germain saga, we follow the count in his rescue mission to save his beloved Madelaine from the guillotine, for Madame la Guillotine is eager for blood, noble blood, clergy blood, common blood or vampire blood, she does not care, and the guillotine would be as deadly to vampires as she is to the living.
As a patron to the group, he provides the money and as a member of the troupe, he plays the cimbalom on stage, with a mask and a costume. The leader of the troupe is the beautiful and passionate Photine. When the rescue mission is taking more time and getting more difficult, the Commedia della Morte is becoming more famous through their performances, and the goals of the troupe members are changing. In this book, the count is more determined and more ruthless than in the previous novels, but for him, Madelaine is so very dear to him that he would do everything in his power to save her!
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History is horror, even more in this book, when the Terror took more lives than any vampire could! Sep 25, Jimyanni rated it really liked it Shelves: Thirtieth in the Saint Germain series, or twenty-fifth if you don't include the spin-offs featuring Madeline de Montalia and Olivia Atta Clemens, both characters introduced in earlier Saint Germain books and occupying the same fictional world. Madeline appears in this book as a secondary character. This book has many of the strengths of the early books in the series,in that it has more action than many of the more recent books have had, while still having the advantage of being written by a mo Thirtieth in the Saint Germain series, or twenty-fifth if you don't include the spin-offs featuring Madeline de Montalia and Olivia Atta Clemens, both characters introduced in earlier Saint Germain books and occupying the same fictional world.
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This book has many of the strengths of the early books in the series,in that it has more action than many of the more recent books have had, while still having the advantage of being written by a more mature writer with a better feel for character and plot subtleties and pacing than the younger Yarbro had. There are still a few of the typos that have a tendancy to sneak in to Yarbro's work, but much fewer than usual; either she's improving in that regard, or she got better editing than usual in this book. Maybe a few others.
And there is one plot point that I simply have difficulty accepting, and it goes hand in hand with one major objection that I've had to many of the more recent offerings in this series, as opposed to the early ones; I realize that Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's vampires are, by the standards of most vampire fiction, very low-powered, and I'm fine with that, but in the early offerings in the series, we still got to see Saint Germain show off a few of the powers that he actually IS allowed; he's exceptionally strong and fast, even if not supernally so.
And since he's had centuries to hone his skills, he's exceptionally good in combat. We rarely see that come into play in the later books, and we still don't here. In fact, he is badly injured and would have been killed, had he been mortal by a not particularly impressive 15 year old with a knife. Now, I know that the excuse that would be given is that he was caught unawares, and was severely injured before he knew he was in a fight. But A even having been handicapped by the first stab, he should have been strong and fast enough to more successfully defend himself against such an unaccomlished opponent, and B with his centuries of life and the many times he's been in dangerous situations, he should have learned sufficient caution that it wouldn't be possible for such an unimposing opponent to successfully sneak up on him in the first place.
Similarly, I find it somewhat off-putting that Madeline, with her Vampiric abilities and experience, is reduced to a typical Damsel In Distress and needs Saint Germain to rescue her; she makes no attempt to free herself and in fact would have apparently placidly gone to the guillotine had he not managed to make the rescue. She should be a more resourceful character than that. May 25, Michele Lee rated it liked it Shelves: While there is some continuity, the books are quite readable as stand alones as well. In this novel the Count must answer the pleas of his dearest love, the vampire Madeline who has been imprisoned by the revolutionaries of eighteenth century France.
Determined to rescue Madeline, while also balancing the unsure affections of a theater troupe leader and her jealous, angry son, Saint Germain must also Commedia Della Morte is the twenty-fifth Count Saint Germain book, but readers shouldn't worry. Commedia Della Morte is a lush, sensuous historical tale, much heavier on the historical rather than the horror.
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Despite ghouls and vampires running amok it's the people who are the real terrors as always with Yarbro's books. The tension is excellent, but not threaded throughout the whole story. Yarbro's characters are, as always an enchanting strength. Still, this book won't be popular with more impatient modern horror fans. Recommended for collections avoiding the extreme side of horror, or with readers who have more of a love of historic detail and vivaciousness than gore and terror.
Apr 22, Kelly Knapp rated it liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Kelly by: This book is the 25th in the series of the Count Saint-Germain books. I have not read any of the others and I had only heard a little about this series. It is a modern look at the classic Vampire story through history. The characters are deep and beautifully described. The history is detailed and elicits responses from oohs and aahs to gasps of fear. However, I had trouble getting into the story.
Perhaps it is the letters throughout the story. While beautifully written, I found them too numerous.
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They were a way to move the story forward without physical interaction between characters, but I found them distracting and perhaps too well written. It was my understanding that what passed for literacy at the time was not the eloquent way that the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety writes in the book. And the letter written to Madelaine de Montalia by Forcier seemed very circumspect considering the fervor of the times. In addition to finding the story difficult to get into, the story is violent.
I gave it 3. I won this book through Goodreads First Reads Program! Apr 16, Marsha rated it really liked it. I received this book through First Reads and I'm looking forward to reading it. I just hope that not having read the first 24 books since this is 25 won't be an issue. Okay, I've finished the book and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I didn't really feel very lost since I hadn't read the first 24 books in the series - the characters were written well so that I could understand who they were and what they were about within the pages of THIS book.
I was able to see how the vampires were a part of the era and how it all fit together. With that said, I think I may search out 1 in the series. Apr 15, Nicki Markus rated it it was amazing Shelves: It will therefore come as no surprise to you that I awarded this book five stars. But, I must say that I found this book one of the best out of the last few releases by Yarbro.
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While I like all the books in the series, this one particularly appealed to me; perhaps since it was set during one of my favourite historical periods - the French Revolution. The cast of characters features a number of old fa Now, it is no secret that I am a huge fan of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain series of books. The cast of characters features a number of old favourites such as Roger and Madelaine as well as interesting new characters and the odd historical figure.
As always, the historical detail is accurate and beautifully woven into the story. The plot moves at a good pace - faster than some of the other books in this series - and held my interest throughout. One of the great things about this series is the fact you do not have to read them in the order they were written and I think this one would be a good 'first read' for someone new to Yarbro's writing. Roll on book twenty-six is all I can say!
Mar 16, Brenna rated it liked it Shelves: I wasn't sure how to rate this book for several reasons. First, this is certainly not my normal" cup of tea with vampires and French Revolution so I wasn't as entranced as I would have. Second, this is like 25 in a series which although it says they can be read separately, doesn't make a lot of sense without the back story. Why can't vampires live together? Who are the lead characters? How did they become vampires?
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But of all the women the Count has loved, the most popular is the beautiful, ever-youthful Madelaine. In Commedia della Morte, Saint-Germain learns that Madelaine'now a vampire'has been arrested by France's Revolutionary Tribunal and is soon to lose her head. Desperate to rescue her, the Count sneaks into France with a troupe of actors led by the glamorous Photine, who soon becomes Saint-Germain's mistress.
Photine's teenage son, driven by jealousy and revolutionary fervor, betrays the Count. Now Saint-Germain's life, as well as Madelaine's, hangs in the balance, in this darkly romantic historical vampire novel. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Electronic books Fiction Named Person: Document, Internet resource Document Type: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Find more information about: Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
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