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Review: Daughter of The Night by Elaine Bergstrom

Daughter of The Night by Elaine Bergstrom (Austra Family #4)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
As beautiful and cruel as a wild animal, Elizabeth Bathori cast a shadow of terror across Europe. Seducing. Killing. Bathing in the blood of the innocent. Thousands feared her savage quest for immortality--but few knew the source of her inspiration: Catherine Austra, who came to Elizabeth in the night. Catherine, who possessed the dark gift she craved. Catherine, whose full red lips held the secret of eternity...

The kiss of a vampire

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I do love those old school vampire novels. It's like going all the way back to Bram Stoker's tale of Dracula.

This book was very dark and savage, but at the same time really interesting. The plot reminded me of a puzzle where lives of few people are described in seemingly random fashion until at some point those lives intersect, and then you understand why the author took time to tell us about those characters.

As this book has Elizabeth Bathori as a main character, the narration starts with one of her ancestors and then proceeds to show us Elizabeth in different times of her life within half a century time period.

Elaine Bergstrom is brilliant at describing the casual cruelty and torture of the era, the helplessness of the poor and immense power over life and death and complete lawlessness of the rich.

Elizabeth Bathori grows up as a sadistic, cold child, and from the moment her life touches Catherine's, a banished vampire from Austra family, it takes turn for worse. The story is very intricate and complex, and at the same time it doesn't allow us to sympathise with the main anti-heroine (thanks, God!), it draws our attention to the lives ruined by Elizabeth's touch.

Vampires of Austra family do not really try to be and feel human, they are what they are, and this alienness feels like such a contrast to modern paranormal novels which attempt to humanise them.

Truly fascinating historical novel for those of you who sometimes want to pick up a classic Gothic novel and get lost in it.

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Классически готичная книга, которая напомнила мне Дракулу Брэма Стокера.

Книгу эту Элэйн Бергстром написала в 90-х годах, и читается она как классический исторический роман, описывающий жизнь кровавой венгерской графини Елизаветы Батори на протяжении около 50 лет.

Елизавета росла холодным, садистским и очень умным ребёнком во времена когда битьё, пытки и искалечивание слуг было обычным делом и не преследовалось законом, так как могущественные феодалы-аристократы Восточной Еропы были сами себе законом.

Жизнь Елизавет кардинально поменялась к худшему когда её путь пересекся с изгоем-вампиром из семьи Остра - Катериной, которая даже по меркам Остра слишком дика и нарушила их священные законы, чем заслужила своё изгнание. 

С этого момента Катерина обнаруживает необъяснимую связь с ребёнком Елизаветой, так как один из её братьев переспал с предком графини, и в её жилах течёт частица крови Остра.

Отношения между Катериной и Елизаветой развиваются по мере того, как та растёт и практически доводят последнюю до сумасшествия, так как та бредит о бессмертии и власти, о том, как ей можно стать вампиром, как Катерина.

В книге множество кажущихся несвязанными между собой персонажей, от лица которых рассказывается история, и только ближе к концу становится понятно, как их личные истории переплетаются и сталкиваются с Елизаветой.

Интересно, дико, кроваво и ужасно. Рекомендую, если вы устали от современных паранормальных романов и нуждаетесь в чём-то мясистее, с вампирами, которые не пытаются очеловечиться, а остаются безумными, непонятными и чуждыми нам созданиями.
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