The Historian

The Historian

The Historian

Author: Elisabeth Kostova
Length: 316 page(s)
Written: Sep 2013
Sales Rank: 16 XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 4582

Category: Fiction & Literature » Thriller  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: Thriller, Mystery, bestseller, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Dark Fantasy & Monster

An intriguing and exciting blend of past puzzles, mystery and reality!

Masterpiece, which critics have tipped the fate of the "Da Vinci Code" ... an intriguing and exciting blend of past puzzles, mystery and reality!

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to 'My dear and unfortunate successor'. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.

In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright - a hunt for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the Dracula myth. Deciphering obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions, and evading terrifying adversaries, one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.

Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions - a captivating tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful - and utterly unforgettable.


“…Elizabeth Kostova has produced an honorable summer book, reasonably well written and enjoyable and, most important of all, very, very long: One can tote The Historian to the beach, to the mountains, to Europe or to grandmother’s house and still be reading its 21st-century coda when Labor Day finally rolls around.” – Michael Dirde, The Washington Post

“…Ten years in the writing, this debut is recommended for readers who enjoy arcane literary puzzles la Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Ian Caldwell’s The Rule of Four.” – Patricia Altner, Library Journal

“Anyone who loves to become involved in the lives of fictional characters will find much to savor in this intricately plotted, delicately written novel. Kostova is a natural storyteller. She tells her otherworldly tale with great assurance and considerable style.” – June Sawyers, San Francisco Chronicle

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About the Author

Elisabeth Kostova | Author on

Member since: Sep 2013
Publications on XinXii:  1
Elizabeth Johnson Kostova is an American author. She a graduate of Yale University and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

Her first novel, The Historian, was published in 2005, and it has become a best-seller.

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One of the best books ever! Sep 4, 2013
by Richard Norton
I loved this book. Kostova's writing is flawless, and her descriptions, characters, pace, and chilling mysteries drew me in immediately. I thought I hated vampires and scary books, but this one was so human and well-written, you almost could believe that it could've happened for real! I've subsequently read The Swan Thieves, but didn't enjoy it nearly as well as The Historian. I hope Kostova publishes another masterpiece soon!

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