Mini Book Review // The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova


This one really is an oldie, but a goodie. Published in 2005, it's a book I'll go back to again and again, picking up something new along the way each time. Every year for my birthday, my aunt would buy me a whole slew of books. This one arrived just in time for my eighteenth birthday, and is now battered and worn, but very well read.

"Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient nook and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor". Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history."

Inked Hibiscus // The Historian Elizabeth Kostova book review

The Historian reads like an updated version of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula, if the Count himself had a grá for librarians. A compelling plot, with details of vampire lore, and wonderful descriptions of the Romanian countryside. If you think the idea of sparkly vampires ridiculous, check this one out.

Best read when the curtains are drawn, the candles are burning, and you have no need to go into the pitch black kitchen for more tea. Being surrounded by old vellum covered tomes are a bonus.

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