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In the face of death : an historical horror novel
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn, 1942-
BenBella Books edition.
Publication Information:
Dallas, Tex. : BenBella Books, [2001]

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ix, 341 pages ; 23 cm
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Madeline de Montalia, the perpetually youthful and beautiful vampire, once beloved of the Count Saint-Germain, comes to America in the 1840's to live with and study the native tribes of America, desiring to document their culture and knowledge before these are changed forever and unalterably by contact with the White Man. She had not expected she would fall in love with San Francisco Banker and US Army officer William Tecumseh Sherman in the 1850's. Now, living among the Choctaw in Georgiain the 1860's, she knows that Sherman's armies are marching through; and what will she say when they meet again after these many years? And how will she survive through some of the most horrifying events of the Civil War?

Author Notes

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro was born in Berkeley, California on September 15, 1942. She graduated from San Francisco State College in 1963 and worked as a demographic cartographer until becoming a full-time writer in 1970. She writes horror, science fiction, and fantasy novels including Time of the Fourth Horseman, To the High Redoubt, Spider Glass, Arcane Wisdome, and The Saint-Germain Cycle series. She has received several awards including a Life Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association in 2009 and a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in 2014. In 1997, the Transylvanian Society of Dracula bestowed a literary knighthood on her.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Yarbro steps away from her St. Germaine series to follow the fortunes of one of the vampire count's many lovers, Madelaine de Montalia, whom St. Germaine fell in love with in the very first novel in the series, Hotel Transylvania0 (1978). Madelaine, also a vampire, leaves her home in London to travel to the U.S. to write a book about Indians in the mid-1800s. The country is inching toward civil war when Madelaine meets William Tecumseh Sherman, a senior officer at her bank in San Francisco. The two are immediately drawn to one another, despite the fact that Sherman is married and extremely devoted to his children. His wife is away visiting her parents, allowing the beginning of a passionate affair. Circumstance separates them when Madelaine heads off to study Indian tribes and Sherman is pulled back toward a military career, but they are fated to meet again. An engaging blend of historical fiction and romance. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Aficionados of Yarbro's long-running Saint-Germain series (Blood Roses, etc.) will find this related novel to their liking, though its female point of view lends a different emphasis and emotional texture. French vampire Madelaine de Montalia, younger by many centuries than Saint-Germain, is not as immured to the pain of loving and losing mortals as her vampiric friend, lover and mentor. In 1845, Madelaine sets out to live with and study American Indian tribes in an effort to document their culture and knowledge before they're lost forever. (Admirably accurate research makes one wish these anthropological journals truly existed.) Arriving in 1855 San Francisco, the beautiful, charismatic Madelaine-who appears to be no more than 20 years old-and her banker, the unhappily married William Tecumseh Sherman, fall passionately in love. Madelaine eventually finds herself trapped in 1860 Alabama facing the vicissitudes of civil war. Sherman, who was actually a partner in a San Francisco bank before the Civil War, necessarily receives short shrift as a supporting character, but his role does allow Madelaine to make her points about the true meaning of undying love. Romance and history predominate in a story whose horrors, as in the Saint-Germain novels, are all of human origin. (Apr.) Forecast: First published as an e-book, this one is unlikely to appeal to vampire-romance lovers but may find an audience with historical romance readers who never read vampire fiction. The lack of sex and violence makes it less commercial than the Saint-Germain novels. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In 1847, the vampire Madelaine de Montalia travels from Europe to America to pursue her studies of the American Indians. In San Francisco several years later, she meets a handsome and passionate banker named William Tecumseh Sherman and begins a liaison that lasts through one of the darkest periods of American history-the Civil War. Yarbro's latest novel featuring de Montalia, a friend of the ancient vampire Saint-Germain, incorporates meticulous historical research even as it recounts a powerful love story that transcends the darkness and savagery of war. Yarbro's many fans should enjoy this intriguing and unexpected study of one of American history's most controversial generals. A good choice for fantasy collections, particularly where vampire fiction is popular. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.