Blood Roses by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain (St. Germain)

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The Comte de Saint-Germain is living in relative peace and prosperity in the village of Orgon in fourteenth-century France. He has won a grudging acceptance from the local populace, who are uneasy with his strange and foreign ways but appreciative of his generosity. But a new threat has upset the precarious balance: Plague has come to France, and the people's fear turns to xenophobia. To avoid the scrutiny that could reveal his true nature, Saint-Germain must flee. However, his travels drive him deeper into the heart of the Black Death--and danger.
 

About Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's interests range from music--she composes and has studied seven different instruments as well as voice--to history, from horseback riding to needlepoint. Her writing is similarly wide-ranging; under her own name and pseudonyms, she has written everything from westerns to mysteries, from science fiction to nonfiction history. Yarbro's critically-acclaimed historical horror novels featuring the Count Saint-Germain, including Hotel Transylvania, A Feast in Exile, Communion Blood, and Night Blooming, have a loyal readership. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has always lived in California and currently makes her home in the Berkeley area.
 
Published August 15, 1998 by Tor Books. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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But this is a time of great tension between the Roman Church and the mostly Protestant Holy Roman Empire (Rothofen is part of Archbishop Siegfried Walmund’s entourage), the Inquisition is a law unto itself, and the Count will need all his considerable skills to help Niklos while avoiding exposure.

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This is a turbulent era, with the Hundred Years War racking England and France, a power struggle taking place between the Pope at Avignon, France, and the Holy Roman Emperor in Rome, and the subsequent period of two rival Popes dividing Europe.

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As an exiled foreigner living in the village of Orgon in the midst of 14th-century France, the 3000-year-old vampire Saint-Germain (Mansions of Darkness, etc.) has enough trouble at the best of times

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The meticulous 20th entry in her Count Saint-Germain saga (after 2006’s Roman Dusk) finds her 4,000-year-old hero in the Swiss countryside of 1817, helping the struggling locals recover from the Napoleonic wars and severe winters.

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Rothofen claims to be a long-lost son of Olivia's husband, though in fact Olivia had no husband--but to reveal that fact would open her life to deeper scrutiny than Niklos and Saint-Germain will allow.

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Although he too seems helplessly borne on the tide of history, Saint-Germain emerges from this robust romantic tale as a powerful figure of conscience, who deserves to surface at other historical hot spots in adventures to come.

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As an exiled foreigner living in the village of Orgon in the midst of 14th-century France, the 3000-year-old vampire Saint-Germain (Mansions of Darkness, etc.) has enough trouble at the best of times convincing the locals that his unusual habits and interests are no threat.

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Blood Roses is the twelfth volume in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain Chronicles and it is becoming increasingly evident that Yarbro expects her reader to be familiar with Count Saint-Germaine and his circumstances.

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