This is the 23rd book in the saga of vampire Saint-Germain. The story takes place around 440 A.D., when the Huns were under the leadership of Attila. Yarbro's attention to period detail is meticulous and provides a history lesson as well as an entertaining story. The Count is still a compelling hero.
The Roman Empire is
splitting apart, and the terrified villagers of the Province of Dacia are forced to flee as the Huns approach. Priam Corydon, of Sanctu-Eustachios the Hermit, agrees to give protection to the Count and the people of his region. The monastery is isolated and defended by a few Roman soldiers and villagers who are undermined by the monks. And Saint-Germain must be careful when he feeds, because if anyone discovers his true nature, he will suffer the True Death. (TOR, Dec., 352 pp., $27.99)