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Book: Si la sfarsit a mai ramas cosmarul by Oliviu Craznic

Book Review: Si la sfarsit a mai ramas cosmarul by Oliviu Craznic

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categories: Book, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Medieval Castle, Ghosts, Haunted House, Adrianna De Valois, Vampire, Werewolf, Inquisition, Sword and Sorcery, Dark Gothic Fantasy




Oliviu Craznic

Author Oliviu Craznicabout this book: Beautiful women... Mad vampires... Swords and daggers... Darkness, romance, violence, twists&turns in a medieval castle: the Devil is now awake.

A strange invitation brings doom for Arthur de Seragens, as all forces of evil seem to target his love interest - gorgeous Adrianna de Valois, the young and chaste(?) daughter of the Chief of Police. A wedding in a haunted castle, powerful guests, the Holy Inquisition, supernatural happenings and occult murders, passion, innocence, savagery... A vampire or a werewolf stalking the dark halls... Who will survive the ordeal? ... And what is the price to pay? ...

Based on Inquisition's archive and medieval chronicles

Characters
• ARTHUR DE SERAGENS - a fallen knight with a dark secret
• VICOMTE OF VINCENNES - hunter, logician, intrigue expert
• BARON VON WALTER "THE TRAVELER" - a wanderer and mysteries expert, the only person known to have survived after reading a treaty by Conrad Lorenz
• CONRAD LORENZ - lycanthrope, occultist, satanist, cannibal. Presumed dead. His works are still influencial in medieval Europe
• MARQUISE JOSEPHINE DE LAURAS - bride to be. A superficial, wealthy, beautiful and powerful woman.
• COUNTESS GIULIANNA SELLINI - a supposed lesbian, occultist, poisoner, necromancer.
• VALOIS-LACROSS - the rigid Chief of Police
• ALBERT DE GUY - ruthless Inquisitor
• ADRIANNA DE VALOIS - the supposedly innocent daughter of Lacross
• MARQUIS OF LAURAS-MONTALE - the former owner of the Castle of the Last Towers, dead in unknown and bizarre circumstances
• MAX SCHWARTZ - a groom nobody knows anythingh about
• HUGUET DE CASTLENOVE - a defrocked priest, skilled swordsman and assassin
• DUKE OF CHALAIS - violent, handsome, impetuos and choleric master of the land
...and more.

GET THE TORCHES NOW AND STAY TOGETHER. DARKNESS IS RISING.

Content
• PART I. THE STRANGE WEDDING OF A BEAUTIFUL MARQUISE
• PART II. THE CHILDREN OF THE PLAGUE
• PART III. SERVANTS OF THE FULL MOON
• PART IV. THE CROSS AND THE FIRE
• PART V. ALL THE DEMONS OF THY HELL
• PART VI. MAX SCHWARTZ IN THE BEGINNING

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 Excellent vampire story

There are only few good Romanian writers of fantasy and dark fantasy, and fewer of gothic and horror, and for that precise reason I was not sure what to expect from Oliviu Craznic's book. Yet I gave it a try, based on the positive reviews and on the fact he gained some awards which got my attention.

I didn't regret it for a minute. The book is one full of suspense, mystery, and have a lot of touch of Romanticism, which made me feel like I was reading a Byronesque version of Anne Rice or George R.R. Martin. It's for sure one of the better vampire stories I ever read, and I've read a lot. It's just breathtaking and tragic in every page, with great characters, sad, dark setting and elaborate, complex story.

I am really proud a Romanian wrote this novel. I would love a movie on it. It's surely, fully deserves an international exposure.

I keep my finger's crossed for an English version - this would help Romanian literature to take a seat at the International table of excellent books&stories. [by Adina Tatar]


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