Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Book Review: Sustenance (Saint Germain # 27) by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Title: Sustenance
Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: 1 December 2014
Pages: 480
Format: Hardback
Genre: Paranormal / Historical
Source: Xmas Gift

The vampire Count Saint-Germain protects Americans fleeing persecution—and becomes trapped in a web of betrayal, deceit, and murder in post-WWII Europe in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s SUSTENANCE

The powerful House Un-American Activities Committee hunted communists both at home and abroad.  In the late 1940s, the vampire Count Saint-Germain is caught up in intrigue surrounding a group of Americans who have fled to postwar Paris. Some speak out against HUAC and battle the authorities.

Saint-Germain swears to do his best to protect his friends, but even his skills may not be able to stand against agents of the OSS and the brand-new CIA.  And he has an unexpected weakness: his lover, Charis, who has returned to Paris under mysterious circumstances.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Another glorious book to add to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's marvellous Saint Germain series. These book releases are always a highlight in my year, and Sustenance is no exception. That said, I am only giving this one four stars and not five, simply because the story did not grip me quite as much as others have. For some reason, I always prefer the more 'historical' ones - the few (like this one) that are set in the early-mid twentieth century just don't thrill me in quite the same way. But that's just a personal taste and is in no way a reflection on Yarbro's excellent prose and delightful characters and storytelling.

Fans of this series will find this a charming addition to the canon; however, I would not recommend this one as a first read for those new to Saint Germain - try Blood Games or Hotel Transylvania first.

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