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The Hidden Will of the Dragon

The Hidden Will of the Dragon

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The Hidden Will of the Dragon

ratings:
4.5/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
628 pages
9 hours
Released:
Sep 2, 2010
ISBN:
9781458141576
Format:
Book

Description

In the sequel to "Dandelions in the Garden," the journey of history's most intriguing noble female murderer continues. Come following Elizabeth and Amara through the canals of Venice and high into the Carpathian Mountains to discover the inevitable. How the story of the Blood Countess really ends!

Released:
Sep 2, 2010
ISBN:
9781458141576
Format:
Book

About the author

Charlie Courtland graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on creative writing, and a minor in Criminology. She was born in Michigan and currently resides in the Seattle area with her husband and two children. Author Page: http://authorcoourtland.blogspot.com


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  • (4/5)
    The story of Amara and the Countess Elizabeth Bathory' continues. This sequel picks up where the first one left off, with Elizabeth and Amara racing to Venice seeking the estate of Vlad Tepes, Elizabeth's ancestor. While in Venice, love comes calling. Elizabeth falls for an impoverished painter, and Amara reconnects with her former flame, Count George Drugeth. After returning to Catchice, Elizabeth starts experimenting with beauty elixers, as well as poisons. Accused of illness by the court, Elizabeth is confined to her estate and continues her dark work. When her results start piling up, Amara must distance herself from those she loves in order to survive the impending justice.This book continues the adventures of Elizabeth and Amara. Told by Amara, readers get a glimpse into the life of Elizabeth without the story being all about the Countess. The story is fast paced and doesn't focus on Elizabeth's alleged crimes. Like Amara, I found myself drawn to Elizabeth, while being repulsed. I felt Amara's loneliness is being a soldier's wife.This book was wonderful, but left my mind open to many questions. After pondering the book for a few days, I wonder if there will be a trilogy or if the story will end where it was left.
  • (5/5)
    Article first published as Book Review: Hidden Will of the Dragon by Charlie Courtland on Blogcritics.As Lady Amara's illness continues to worsen, the shortness of time drives her to finish the ledger she has promised Count Drugeth. He has only recently sought her out in in effort to know more about his family and the history that plagues them. Only now as she looks back, writing and reflecting on her life as the ladies maid and confident of Countess Bathory, does the time seem right to set to paper the truth of what really occurred, both the joys and the horror. History would remember Countess Bathory as the Blood Countess and one of the fist women serial killers in written history, Amara would remember her as a friend.In Hidden will of the Dragon, Charlie Courtland takes you back to the late 15th and early 16th century where women were unable to inherit and were traded in marriage in order to improve the coffers or standing of her family. Marriages were set up as business propositions and women had no choice in the matter. The same is true for Elizabeth Bathory, and because her husband is a soldier she is sent into isolation in the Hungarian countryside to reside in Cathcice.The descriptions of the day as well as the characters pull you in and you feel the hopelessness and despair, almost as though you were there in that time and place.Lady Amara, her friend and companion is with her through everything, a constant in her life that is so rare. I was initially fooled by Amara, thinking her to be that friend and confidant that would be the strength to deal with Elizabeth’s demons. I was disappointed to find that Amara not only had her own demons but that she was pulled into some of Elizabeth’s madness as well.Charlie Courtland has taken a time and event in history and put a story to it that would rival the actual events. She takes the reported facts as well as many of the rumors of the day and spins them into a story so believable that is could be the true events as they transpired.This story is not for the weak of heart as there is much madness and despair. Be prepared to be sucked into the story and become a part of it. You will see the blood spatters and will feel the actual weight of the horror as it unfolds.I would recommend this book with the understanding that it is not lighthearted reading. I believe it would be great for a book club or a reading group. There is a great deal of information that would be interesting to discuss.This book was received as a free copy from the Author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material