Darker Jewels A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain

St. Germain

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

400 Pages


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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's immortal vampire, the Comte de Saint-Germain, remains one of the most popular characters of his kind. Publishers Weekly has called him a "veritable Prince Charming of the darker arts." In Darker Jewels the Count is sent by the King of Poland to the court of Russia's Ivan IV—also known as "Ivan the Terrible"—to create (via alchemy) unearthly gems for the mad emperor. Here the Count finds not only intrigue and heart-stopping danger, but also a beautiful woman to whom he loses his heart.


Praise for Darker Jewels

"Anyone who has read one book in [Yarbro's] wonderful series will want to read them all."—David Morrell, author of First Blood

"In her rich and complex tale of the further wanderings of the immortal vampire known as Ferenc Rakoczy, Hrabia (Count) Saint-Germain, Yarbro brings to vivid life the dark and bloody 16th-century court of Ivan IV . . . Underlying this absorbing and historically accurate work is a deep melancholy, reflecting both the immortal vampire's lost past and the tortured workings of the Russian soul."—Publishers Weekly

"Darker Jewels is a fascinating addition to the canon. Set in the Russian empire of the 1580s, it tells of Saint-Germain's journey into that mysterious land and of his sojourn there as a representative of Istvan Bathory, King of Poland. It is a story of history, intrigue, politics, religion, love, and violence, blended with the expert touch Yarbro's fans have come to expect . . . Yarbro has told her complex tale in rich, beautiful language, and in the telling stitched historic fact and fantasy so neatly together that the seams are impossible to detect."—West Coast Review of Books

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As he rubbed his face, Istvan Bathory tried to banish the fatigue that was consuming him; he had three more audiences to give before attending evening Mass. He concealed a sigh and smoothed his beard. What he longed for most was two hours to sleep; it was the one thing he could not grant himself. Not too many years ago he would have been pleased at so much activity, but that was before his successful start of the campaign against Russia. Now he felt the weight of hours more heavily even as time swept by more swiftly than ever. He attempted to sit more comfortably on the
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  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

  • Born in Berkeley, California, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has worked as a cartographer, has read tarot cards and palms, and has composed music (all of which she continues to do). Her other books include Hotel Transylvania, Crusader's Torch, and The Palace.
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