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.
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)