Review: Blood Countess
Title: Blood Countess
Author: Lana Popovic
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:In 16th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.
My Review: This book surprised me but not necassarily in the right ways. It had some really great things going for it. It was very well written, it's written from a servants perspective which allows the reader to view Elizabeth Bathory without having to actually be in her head (a terrifying idea...) and its as dark and disturbing as you would expect for a book about the Blood Countess. Were it fell short for me was that in a couple places it was too dark for me, that's a personal thing for me though. It just felt a little like gore for shock value and I don't usually enjoy that. What really bothered me was the major liberties taken with historical accuracy. I like my historical fiction to at least follow some guidelines. In this case characters we know to be true to the story are cast into completely different roles, such as known family members becoming servants in this story. This just bother me so it knocked my rating down. It is well written though so if you find the topic intriguing it is worth checking out!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*