Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review ~ Dracula Chronicles, Son of the Dragon by Victor T. Foia

Dracula Chronicles, Son of the DragonDracula Chronicles, Son of the Dragon by Victor T. Foia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Son of the Dragon”, Book One of the “Dracula Chronicles” series 

Dracula is among the best-known men in the world, yet arguably the least understood. While other stories have been told about the real Dracula, Foia's account benefits from the unique perspective of a Transylvanian native and neighbor of the dark prince. Under Foia’s pen, the “Dracula Chronicles” finally pierces the veil of mystery that has shrouded Dracula for over 500 years. The multivolume historical novel unfolds in vivid detail Dracula’s metamorphosis from a naïve and trusting prince to the ruthless law-and-order king whose deeds have spawned the enduring vampire legend. The series takes place on the backdrop of the dying Middle Ages and the blossoming of the Renaissance. It is replete with towering passions, unbridled ambitions, vile betrayals, and righteous revenge. And, as one would expect, blood. 

"Son of the Dragon", Book One of the series, provides a first ever origin story of the mysterious character whose fame has survived for half a millenium. It begins Dracula's epic journey that will ultimately see the young prince become the famed strongman, warrior, and object of women's desire who has conquered the imagination of millions. Skilled at arms and often reckless, young Dracula seeks out danger to prove his readiness to be a man. An avid reader of history and lover of languages, he uses wit to overcome impossible odds facing him. Then, with a single impulsive step he launches himself into a hostile world capable of devouring even the strongest men. 

The book resembles a chess game in the intricacy of its historical context lurking beneath the surface. Yet, written with an economy of words that belies its hidden complexity, it reads with the ease of a game of checkers, making it hard for the reader to put down. ~Goodreads


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Growing up, we associate Dracula with a blood-thirsty villain...a fictional character depicted in many movies and books.  But what we don't realize is that Dracula was in fact a very real person and Mr. Foia has invested many years and countless hours of research to bring us the real story behind the famous legend.

In the book, Dracula Chronicles: Son of the Dragon, Mr. Foia has brilliantly captured the story behind the fictional blood thirsty villain of all time with his immense research and attention to detail. The character development is outstanding and the story easy to follow. The book was both entertaining and informative.

Mr. Foia is currently working on the second book in the series which is titled Empire of the Crescent Moon.  You can read all about the author and his quest to bring us Dracula's fascinating story on his website http://www.draculachronicles.com.