States of Grace
A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain
Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo-Germano is a successful merchant in Venice. His lavish lifestyle and rumored cache of magnificent jewels have attracted the wrong sort of attention, and without Santo-Germano's noble—and papal—connections, he might be imprisoned, his property confiscated. Also under surveillance is the vampire's mistress, the lovely and talented musician Pier-Ariana Salier.
Elsewhere, Ragoczy's publishing business is being investigated by the Inquisition. Erneste van Amsteljaxter, a writer whose intelligence Ragoczy finds attractive, is tarred with the brush of heresy. Ragoczy is trying to help her, when he learns that Pier-Ariana has disappeared.
Back in Venice Santo-Germano finds that his fortune has been embezzled, and that he is accused of kidnapping, and possibly murdering, a young man who had been spying on the vampire and his mistress. Another spy has discovered Santo-Germano's true nature and intends to kill him before he can feast on all of Venice!
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“Rewarding. Subtle intrigue plus details of daily life, publishing and music will keep fans turning the pages.” —Publishers Weekly on States of Grace
“Among the best vampire tales around. Saint-Germain is no ordinary bloodsucker, and his adventures across history are compelling Yarbro's impeccable research brings Reformation Europe vividly to life.Yarbro skillfully builds plot and character through the interpretations of minor characters, both friends and enemies. Fans of historical fiction and vampire tales alike should be enthralled.” —Romantic Times BookClub Magazine Top Pick, 4 ½ stars on States of Grace