"Worth the six year wait"
He has lived for over five centuries by keeping up with
technology so Vlad Tepes better known as Dracula and AKA
Matthew Maule asks Andy Keogh to help him design a
website. Andy, descended from the bloodline of Mina
Harker, agrees to help his "Uncle Matt", whom he thinks is
human. While at Uncle Matt's apartment, a nosferatu named
Dickon, along with a human, ask for Vlad to help in their
quest for learning alchemy.
Someone puts a spell over everyone in the apartment and
when Dracula awakens, Dickon is gone, the human is dead,
Andy is dazed and an Egyptian statue is smashed. The next
day Sobeck, a being once worshipped by the Egyptians as a
God, confronts Matthew Maule. He wants the Philosopher's
Stone, a magical artifact hidden in one of six small
statues smuggled into the country. Dracula declines to
help but Andy becomes involved when Dickon asks his dead
partner's granddaughter Dolly to assist him. Andy's father
and Uncle Matt search for the Philosopher's Stone while
trying to keep Andy and Dolly out of danger. Thy also hope
to send Sobeck back where he belongs.
It's been six long years since Fred Saberhagen has written
a Dracula book but the wait was well worth it. His eighth
installment in this series is imaginative, colorful and
sometimes even quirky. Dickon is comic relief as a
millennium old vampire afraid of his own shadow. The race
for the Philosopher's Stone is filled with action and
adventure as the protagonists keep running head long into
villains coveting the same artifact.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 3, 2002
Matthew Maule has seen many horrific things in his five
hundred years as one of the most powerful vampires in the
world. But even his formidable talents cannot predict the
unthinkable acts about to occur within his own home.
When the vampire Dickon and his human partner appear in the
middle of the night frightened for their lives, Matthew
offers them protection. They carry with them a small
Egyptian statue of great value and many secrets. By
morning, Matthew has woken from a mysterious trance to
discover that Dickon's human friend has been brutally
murdered, the vampire has gone missing, and their statue
has been smashed to pieces. Matthew has also made a
dangerous new enemy, one who possesses strength even
Matthew may be no match for.
For the statue is no ordinary artifact, but one of six
replicas. However, only one contains a gem in the center, a
stone of unimaginable magical power that could spell the
end of humanity if it ever fell in the wrong hands.
Matthew sets out on a heart-pounding journey to track down
the remaining statues before his ancient foe finds them.
Racing across the country, the vampire teams up with both
the living and the undead, though not all are the allies
they pretend to be. Using his wits, he must unearth the
answers to a millennia-old mystery in order to prepare
himself for a final showdown against the evil stalking him
at every turn. Acclaimed fantasy and science fiction author
Fred Saberhagen takes readers along for a trek of
unbelievable suspense, action, and pure page-turning