I love JKalogridis' historical fiction books especially since most of them are set in renaissance Italy, playing privy to the lives, power and intrigue of the Borgias, D'Estes, Sforza et al. So I was really excited when I chanced upon her Vampire book, a tale about Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula, and his descendants.
Covenant with the Vampire is a tale about Strigoi and Moroi, a decade before RMead wrote about them in Vampire Academy. The setting of the tale is in Gothic Romania and the feel and imagery is reminiscent of the movie Dracula c. 1992. The plot is based on historical events and Bram Stoker's classic tale, the conflict well thought of and should meld seamlessly with Dracula's legend.
And that's all it was, an attempt. I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this book but I found it such a chore to read. If you take a look at the excerpt, the format is in diary form, alternating between Arkady, his wife, Mary and his sister, Zsuzsanna. So it's more of a narrative, detailing their observations, thoughts and experiences in detail than anything which I found that tiresome. I found myself skimming the pages furiously and gleaning through the dialogue just to speed up the story.
I felt sorry for the entire thing because I really love JKalogridis' historical fiction novels. I found those informative and absolutely enjoyable and this did the opposite for me. Sadly I think it's one of those stories that didn't translate through the pages successfully.