Yarbro's 19th novel about heroic vampire Count Saint-Germain uses absorbing narrative and correspondence to paint
a vivid portrait of his activities in the Roman Empire of 160 AD. The setting
is authentic down to the smallest detail, with a glossary and gazetteer included for those unfamiliar with the time period. Some readers may find the attention to detail and vocabulary distracting, but history buffs will be thrilled.

Ragoczy Germainus Sanct-Franciscus, a vampire living in third-century Rome, is not your typical alpha-male bloodsucker. He's compassionate and noble, a merchant and a healer. While tending to an ailing noblewoman, her virgin daughter, Ignatia, tempts him into a romantic interlude.

As a foreigner, he comes under scrutiny by a corrupt tax collector. He intends to leave Rome, but Ignatia's brother, a fanatical convert to Christianity, has other plans for him. (TOR, Oct., 352 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski