States of Grace

States of Grace Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo Germano is a successful merchant in Venice His lavish lifestyle and rud cache of magnificent jewels have attracted the wrong sort of attention and without Santo Germano s n

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  • Title: States of Grace
  • Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • ISBN: 9780765313928
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo Germano is a successful merchant in Venice His lavish lifestyle and rud 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 the vampire s mistress, the lovely and talented musician Pier AriFranzicco Ragoczy di Santo Germano is a successful merchant in Venice His lavish lifestyle and rud 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 the vampire s mistress, the lovely and talented musician Pier Ariana Salier Elsewhere, Ragoczy s publishing business is being investigated by the Inquisition Erneste van Amsteljaxter, a writer whose intelligence Ragoczy finds attractive, is tarred with the brush of heresy Ragoczy is trying to help her, when he learns that Pier Ariana has disappeared Back in Venice Santo Germano finds that his fortune has been embezzled, and that he is accused of kidnapping, and possibly murdering, a young man who had been spying on the vampire and his mistress 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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    1. the 2nd Saint Germain book I've read recently. I enjoyed both of them hugely, these books are more historical fiction that about vampires, though Saint Germain has been a vampire for over 3500 years, living through many periods of history, and it is these periods of history taht Yarbro does extremely well. States of Grace was set in Venice and the Low Lands in 1520-1522 (the other one I read was set in 1704) and really brings alive the religious intolerances there were around at that time, as we [...]

    2. In the early 16th century Conte Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo-Germano lives a comfortable lifestyle in Venezia, but as the owner of Eclipse Press knows the Church and others spy on him and his mistress, composer Pier-Ariana Salier. What follows is the life of probably the most boring, one-dimensional vampire I've ever been inopportune to read. Saint-Germain is not portrayed as a typical vampire. He requires blood to live but only a small amount, which many of his "victims" (usually female) offer vo [...]

    3. Well, I am not finishing this book. I bought it in the dollar section of Half Price Books, attracted by the cover and its Venetian setting, and the idea that it was also about vampires! Upon later research, I discovered that it was the 19th book in a series that currently has 24 books. While I hate to read books out of order, I figured that I would start with this one, and then, if I liked it, go back and read the rest. Unfortunately, this book did not in any way catch my interest. It was not po [...]

    4. The latest in the line of historical fiction involving the vampire Saint-Germaine, set in Venice & Amsterdam in 1530. Venice is a hotbed of intrigue, spies, a virtual cold war with the Ottomans; Amsterdam reels from religious issues arising from the sympathy with the Reformation and Spanish sovereignty, plus unrest from Germany. Saint-Germaine is concerned with running his printing enterprises and publishing a general enlightened genre of work. As usual, there are a couple of plot threads go [...]

    5. This is another fantastic book on Saint Germain. I will always love this character. SPOLIER ALERT I am so glad that he got the girl back and that she is safe and he found out about his money and house goods being used for gambling by that man. Just wished people would stop taking advantage of him. He always looks for the good in people and finds the bad in them instead. He needs to stay around his own kind and they help out each other but I know he can't because that would bring on more suspicio [...]

    6. 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 sytle in the 16th century Vecenzia, Italy, but the plot of the entire books never has any real tension. This is more like the chronicles of a vamp over his 23 centuries and this is just his story from one small two-year segment that had some tame experiences worth minor note. This is part of a serie [...]

    7. I was wanting to read something light and fluffy which doesn't describe this book.The setting is Europe during the Reformation. I found myself angry and frustrated that once again Saint Germain was being stalked by someone who was jealous or greedy, or just evil. The reasons for Christopher Sen's attempt to ruin the Count are never made clear.I found Erneste's constant apologies annoying, and am dismayed that women are being treated no differently today than they were in the sixteenth century. I [...]

    8. One of the most boring, uneventful books I have ever read, let alone Vampire story. I just kept waiting for something, ANYTHING to happen in this book. The only thing that does happen is the alluded to showdown w/ the person who has discovered di Santo Germano's true identity which lasts for about a page and a half.

    9. Very boring. I don't think I'll be reading the other Count St-Germain books, there is no big hook and it's hard to care for the MC, I find. The plot is plodding, the characters annoying and it's so unreal to be bothersome. Unless you're a fan of this particular series, don't bother.

    10. Hmmm far I haven't really been able to get into this book. It seems like all the good vampire books of the olden days are just over. I'll keep working on it though.

    11. For some reason, I always felt like I was waiting for the novel to begin. It also is a little too predictable.

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