Blood Countess

Amulet. Jan. 2020. 304p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781419738869.
Gr 9 Up–When 16-year-old Anna Darvulia is offered the chance to work for the young and enchanting Countess Elizabeth Báthory, she leaps at the chance. Quickly rising from lowly scullery maid to Elizabeth’s personal chambermaid, confidant, and eventual lover, Anna has the chance to provide for her family and learn from this woman who keeps her rapturously enthralled. As time progresses, however, Anna wonders if the darkness she sees in Elizabeth is more than she or their world can bear. This fast-paced historical novel is packed with political intrigue, self-discovery, and a whole lot of darkness. Though the denouement seems rather rushed, there is enough here to tantalize the imagination and make readers yearn to know more about the real Elizabeth Báthory and her exploits.
VERDICT Hand to fans of dark historical fiction and powerful female characters.

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