While Vlad's brutal acts might have inspired the name of Bram Stoker's fictional vampire, the historical man has nothing to do with that classic novel. His real story is engrossing. (Library Journal 20110501)
A novel that sets out to humanize and demythologize Vlad the Impaler...though he's still very naughty. (Kirkus 20110515)
An unapologetic tale about a man who endured great losses and was driven by intense passion for his country and religion...the novel is aimed much more at readers interested in the historical origins of the Dracula stories than at those looking for another vampire story. As such, it succeeds admirably.
It makes you think harder about what it good, what is evil, and what happens when the two collide and combine within the soul. I love this book. One of the best historical fiction novels I've read. It gets my highest rating and a strong recommendation.
(The Biblio Blogazine 20110513)
It was a fascinating tale about who the real Dracula was. Rich in historical drama and bloody madness.
(Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell 20110513)
The novel moves at a rapid pace, alternating between swashbuckling episodes, poignant relationships, savage encounters, and sins and redemption for them. The final chapters contain more surprises than any reader, even a Cardinal, should ever expect from historical fiction.
A rollicking, bloody, surprising novel of the fifteenth century which, in effect, reinvents Dracula as himself: a driven, vengeful, God-fearing human being. (Author Magazine 20110526)
An incredible story has been woven around the true facts that exist about the frightening but enigmatic leader of Wallachia and the climactic ending is superb. (Game Vortex 20110527)
Hard to put down and impossible to forget...It is a book you can emotionally lose yourself in and let yourself roam deep into the words of the story.
(Suite 101 World Literature 20110601)
C.C. Humphreys does a fantastic job of bringing Vlad to life. Readers have a lot of preconceived notions where Dracula is concerned and Humphreys pretty much throws all that out and starts over. I loved the way he was able to show Vlad as something more than the monster readers are familiar with.
(Debbie's Book Bag 20110606)
Vlad: The Last Confession was an interesting and engaging look at the life of Vlad Dracula and how history is shaped by political needs. (Devourer of Books )
"Trust nothing that you've heard."
Winter 1431, a son is born to the Prince of Transylvania.
His father christened him "Vlad."
His people knew him as "The Dragon's Son."
His enemies reviled him as "Tepes"-The Impaler.
He became the hero of a nation.
We know him as Dracula.
Vlad: The Last Confession is a novel about the real man behind the Bram Stoker myth. It tells of the Prince, the warrior, the lover, the torturer, the survivor and, ultimately, the hero.
"A great tale, finely woven with action, palpably real characters and terrific twists of fate." -Simon Scarrow (20110415)