Better in the Dark

St. Germain (Volume 8 of 27)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Here at last is a long-hinted-at chapter in the undead existence of the immortal Count Saint-Germain: the story of Ranegonda of Saxony, one of the three great loves of Saint-Germian's life.

937 A.D. The Saxon fortress of Leosan is under the almost unheard-of rule of a woman. The Gerefa of the fortress has become a monk, leaving his sister, Ranegonda, to rule in his name as best she can--and to deal with his embittered, headstrong wife as well. Into this tense and dire situation comes Saint-Germain. Shipwrecked on the Baltic shore, near the true death, he is found by Ranegonda, whom he will come to love for the gift of blood she gives him, and for her own indomitable spirit.

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In the smaller of the two graves lay the swaddled bodies of three children, none of them older than five; in the other, set apart from the rest of the little churchyard, the body of their mother sprawled in the sodden garments she wore when they drowned her that morning. A restless, biting wind blew off the sea and scattered sandy earth onto her wet hair.
“A pity,” said one of the monks at the side of the grave as he looked down at the mother.
“She was an adulteress,” said his superior, Brother Haganrih, in a quelling tone.

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"Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has created the most memorable and original vampire since Bram Stoker's Dracula."--The Bookwatch

"Any book by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is keepsake; any new book by her is a must-read. She's a cult favorite, a fan's delight. her specialty: Vampires."--West Coast Review of Books

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's interests range from music--she composes and has studied seven different instruments as well as voice--to history, from horseback riding to needlepoint. Her writing is similarly wide-ranging; under her own name and pseudonyms, she has written everything from westerns to mysteries, from science fiction to nonfiction history.

Yarbro's critically-acclaimed historical horror novels featuring the Count Saint-Germain, including Hotel Transylvania, A Feast in Exile, Communion Blood, and Night Blooming, have a loyal readership. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has always lived in California and currently makes her home in the Berkeley area.

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Better in the Dark
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
August 1995
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ISBN: 9780312859787
ISBN10: 0312859783
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
$22.99
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