States of Grace: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 2005 - Fiction - 332 pages
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It is the time of the Reformation. Henry VIII's England moves toward schism; Luther's precepts spread through Europe even as the Inquisition strives to wipe out any hint of heresy.
Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo-Germano-the vampire Saint-Germain-is a successful merchant based 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 his mistress, the lovely and talented musician Pier-Ariana Salier.

In the Spanish Netherlands, Ragoczy's publishing business is being investigated by the Inquisition. Coming to the aid of his employees, Ragoczy becomes tarred with the brush of heresy, as does Erneste van Amsteljaxter, a writer whose intelligence Ragoczy finds attractive. Ragoczy does what he can to help her, but must return to Venice when he learns that his fortune there has been embezzled away and that Pier-Ariana has disappeared.

In Venice, things are worse than Santo-Germano expected. Not only has his money disappeared, so has a young man who had been spying on the vampire and his mistress. Santo-Germano is accused of kidnapping and perhaps murder. 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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This IS a vampire story though I wouldn't have known it until well into the book except that I read the dust jacket synopsis. The book paragraphs and chapters are well written, conveying the sense of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
13
Section 3
15
Section 4
25
Section 5
38
Section 6
48
Section 7
72
Section 8
106
Section 12
180
Section 13
206
Section 14
219
Section 15
223
Section 16
259
Section 17
281
Section 18
305
Section 19
316

Section 9
119
Section 10
121
Section 11
156
Section 20
331
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About the author (2005)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is the author of more than twenty novels of the life and times of the Count Saint-Germain and other vampires, including Dark of the Sun, Night Blooming, Midnight Harvest, A Feast in Exile, and the classic Hotel Transylvania. She has also written novels in a wide variety of other genres, including SF, fantasy, mystery, horror, western, and young adult adventure.

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