The Historian is by Elizabeth Kostova. This is an absolutely wonderful book! It is filled with history, and yet has enough fiction to make the history not only palatable, but fascinating. It is the story of a young girl who finds herself in the midst of a modern day search for Dracula. To find and kill the vampire she, and virtually everyone she knows, must search out the true history of the real Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. The story takes us across continents, in both the past and present and makes Vlad Dracula come to life in a way the typical Dracula story never seems to. This book was the inspiration for a friend of mine to plan a trip through Hungary, Bulgaria, and into the Carpathians to visit Dracula's castle, the pictures are beautiful! A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended Read.
Ratings: 11th grade - 10 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).