I adored this book.
I was worried about re-reading this book. Most of my bookish buddies were ambivalent towards this book citing it as long-winded or predictable. Maybe I read it too quickly? Maybe I didn’t read with a critical eye? Maybe a re-read would result in my being disappointed with what I thought was a favorite novel. Maybe I would re-read it and it would match my disappointment with The Swan Thieves.
I’m happy to say that The Historian didn’t disappoint.
I adore this book.
Maybe it is because I love especially long novels (like those by Charles Dickens), or that I work in a library and adore research, or that I can never get my fill of books with trains and travel. Whatever it is, this novel just works for me. I love the long descriptions, I love the layered text (journals, letters, and books oh my!), I love that the male protagonist takes on a care-giver role while the female protagonist(s) are actively seeking Dracula.
If you like long books, work in a library or research, or have even a slim interest in Vlad Țepeș then I highly recommend this book.