"More a historical tale than usual"
In the early sixteenth 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.
However since he has strong connections to the papacy and
the aristocracy and the money for bribes he is for the most
part left alone. Because of problems in the Spanish owned
Netherlands, Saint-Germain as he is known on the continent
travels there to protect his business interests when his
publishing firm and writer Erneste van Amsteljaxter are
accused of heresy.
To his surprise Ragoczy finds himself attracted to Erneste
and vows to keep her safe just like he does for his lover
back in Venezia. However, a clever person learns the
vampiric secret of Saint-Germain and much more that enables
this thief to embezzle the vampire's fortune. Upon coming
home, he is accused of murder so with his loyal servant
Ruggier the Conte seeks to uncover the identity of the
agent who stole his fortune and has set him up to take the
STATES OF GRACE is as much a great historical novel as it
is the usual fantastic Saint-Germain thriller as the
insightful story line provides a vivid window on early
sixteen century Europe during a time of religious upheaval.
Thus the "prime" plot involving the vampire trying to
regain all he lost takes a back seat to the vibrant look at
the publishing industry, heresy proclamations, and
religious assaults on the papacy. Still, this is a fine
tale with more historical background than most of the
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted September 17, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007