Sick and tired of the sparkling undead?
Want to see what else is out there in terms of vampire fiction?
That was me when I found myself clutching Lucille Turner’s historical fiction novel The Sultan, the Vampyr, and the Soothsayer.
While the legend of the vampire is mentioned in the synopsis, The Sultan, the Vampyr, and the Soothsayer’s hope is for readers to grasp the truth behind the fiction.
Did I learn anything about the man behind the legend? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
1442: When Vlad Dracula arrives at the court of the Ottoman Sultan Murad II, his life is turned upside down. His father Dracul cannot protect him; he must battle his demons alone. And when the Sultan calls for the services of a soothsayer, even the shrewd teller of fortunes is unprepared for what he learns.
Meanwhile, the Ottoman Turks are advancing through the Balkans with Vienna in their sights and Constantinople, the Orthodox Greek capital, within their grasp. As Eastern Europe struggles against the tide of a Muslim advance it cannot counter, Western Christendom needs only one prize to overthrow its enemies.
This book was definitely out of my comfort zone regarding the period.
I knew absolutely nothing of the Ottoman Empire in 1442 before going into this book, which is why I appreciated the glossary in the back of the book.
It was interesting for me reading about a period and culture in which I haven’t read anything about before.
I also really enjoyed the way Turner included the myth that is ‘Dracula.’
Gone were the notions of him turning into a bat or drinking blood, it was almost more eerie to see it fit so well in reality.
I even found myself looking up Vlad and his history on Wikipedia, though even that may not be as accurate as one would hope.
The chapters featuring Vlad and his cohorts were my favourite.
However, I understand and appreciate the author’s inclusion of Murad and Mehmet as an almost mirror to Vlad and his father Dracul.
My only issue with this book is how many characters fill its pages.
This issue negatively affected the book my opinion because a lot of characters the reader are introduced
I wanted more depth from Vlad’s brothers, as I feel it would have added another layer to this engrossing tale.
I also found myself consistently hoping to read more about Dracul’s bastard son, but alas, it was not meant to be.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.