Thursday, 27 October 2011
Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C Humphreys
And an interesting life it was too. Taken into captivity in Edirne at a young age by the Ottomans to secure his father's loyalty, Vlad grew up amongst the Turks, fostering a life-long hatred. This is also where he first witnessed impaling, his speciality method of punishment in later years. Whilst Vlad's brother converted to Islam and chose to stay in the Ottoman Empire, Vlad himself returned to rule Wallachia sporadically before finally being captured by his Christian allies, the Hungarians. When he was finally killed, his head was reportedly displayed at the entrance to Constantinople to show the strength of the Ottomans.
This one comes highly recommended from me, especially for fans of The Historian or epic adventure/war novels.
Verdict: Thoroughly researched and engaging novel about the life of the real Dracula.
Score: 4.5 out of 5