Beginning in the 600s, Spain's old blood rituals of animal sacrifice were replaced by the new gods of Christianity and Islam, who demanded no less obedience and allegiance. Saint-Germain becomes trapped in this cauldron of blood, fear, and faith when, he makes a vampire of the beautiful, haughty, tempestuous Csimenae.
Csimenae kills without mercy. She makes vampires without a second thought; and they,
For five hundred years, as waves of war and religion sweep over Spain, Csimenae hunts until her marauding, willful ways expose her vampiric nature. Saint-Germain's centuries of life have taught him that to fall out of step with history is to risk the True Death, a fate Saint-Germain wishes for none of his kind. He must try to save Csimenae-and her clan-but at what price?
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“Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has created a character who makes other vampires pale in comparison. A bewitching tale.” —The Washington Post
“She has deepened and clarified and brought into focus what she's been up to all these years. I have never seen the Count more clearly, nor liked him more, nor better understood the subtleties of what Yarbro's been up to all along. A wonderfully entertaining book.” —Gahan Wilson in Realms of Fantasy