The Historian interweaves the history and folklore of Vlad Ţepeş, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia known as “Vlad the Impaler”, and his fictional equivalent Count Dracula together with the story of Paul, a professor; his 16-year-old daughter; and their quest for Vlad’s tomb.
This is not a book of blood and splatter; it is one of shivers and horror. The format of the book, a story told through documents, i.e. letters, maps, historical sources, is one of the things which I loved, however, it is one of the things that people argue about most heatedly. If you read reviews on Amazon, Good Reads or any of the book sites, you will find lovers and loathers to her style. I found it difficult to read but like many things in life, good ≠ easy. I will point you too Suzanna Clarke and Catherynne M. Valente as further proof of this. Perhaps it is my deep desire to go back to school and become a librarian which made this book so near and dear to my heart. And the fact that it read much like Victorian literature only added to my delight, because the only thing better than being a librarian, is being a steampunk librarian.
Elizabeth Kostova won the Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year in 2005. The Historian was nominated for the International Horror Guild’s award for Best Novel in 2005 and won Book Sense’s award for Best Adult Fiction.