Monday, October 13, 2014

Historical Fiction Virtual Tours Book Review: The Stuart Vampire

Please join Andrea Zuvich as she tours with HF Virtual Book Tours for The Stuart Vampire, from October 13-24.

02_The Stuart Vampire
Author: Andrea Zuvich
Title: The Stuart Vampire
Publication Date: October 31, 2013
eBook; 215p
Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror/Paranormal
Book Blurb: Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester, the youngest brother of King Charles II is a handsome man with sound principles. When the twenty-year-old prince contracts smallpox in 1660, however, his life takes a decidedly sinister turn. Obsessed with Henry from afar, Contessa Griselda di Cuorenero - one of the Devil's concubines - turns him into a vampire and plunges him into the world of night. But Henry soon discovers that not all horrors are of the paranormal kind...

In the unnaturally close village of Coffin's Bishop, Henry encounters a severely abused young woman - a woman who has suffered under humans who are more monstrous than vampires. Could love save them from the evil they have known? And at what cost?

Henry must choose between his humanity and his monstrous, insatiable desire for human blood.

From the author of "His Last Mistress," The Stuart Vampire is a dark gothic tale in the vein of The Monk.

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Praise for The Stuart Vampire

"An intriguing historical with a darkly gothic twist, I enjoyed The Stuart Vampire and would recommend it to anyone with a taste for period horror." - Erin Davies, Flashlight Commentary

Review: If anyone could bring a member of the royal Stuarts into the world of the undead, it would be Andrea Zuvich. She wrote the wonderful His Last Mistress and is a 17th century historian.

This story works really well, and is a quick read. I did feel that Ms Zuvich might have been a bit out of her element here. I wanted to really get into the heads of the main characters, Henry, Griselda and Susanna, but that didn't happen, though their stories were completely fleshed out.

Andrea pays great attention to detail when it comes to the lives of the Stuarts. She keeps their timelines as they ought to be, which makes this a very interesting story, a bit of history as well as the paranormal.

I also liked her take on the vampire myth. (Henry and Co. don't sparkle! Thank gods!) I particularly liked that all vampires aren't evil some serve Satan while some serve The Other.

It was a quick read and I'm hoping that with the way the story ended, that there might be another installment in the works.

Rating: 4 flowers

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03_Andrea ZuvichAbout the Author

Andrea (aka The Seventeenth Century Lady) is a 17th-century historian, historical consultant, and historical fiction authoress. His Last Mistress - a biographical fiction novella about the Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth was published by Endeavour Press, London in 2013. She received double BA degrees in History and Anthropology from the University of Central Florida, and continued her History studies with the University of Oxford and Princeton University. Zuvich has been filmed for NTR television in The Netherlands, talking about William III, and was recently on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour discussing Queen Anne. She was one of the original developers and leaders on The Garden History Tours at Kensington Palace, London. Zuvich lives in Windsor, England.

For more information please visit Andrea's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Stuart Vampire Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, October 14
The Stuart Vampire Launch Party @ 12:00pm-2:00pm EST

Wednesday, October 15
Review at Kinx's Book Nook
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, October 16
Review & Guest Post at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, October 17
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Monday, October 20
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Tuesday, October 21
Review at The True Book Addict

Wednesday, October 22
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 24
Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

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