3.5 If you are expecting this to be super suspenseful or romantic, it is only partially those things. There were moments when I held my breath, but more often than not I was simply caught up in historical lectures and piecing together a mystery from literature. So if lengthy explanation of Carpathians and Ottomans and Turks of the 15th century are of little to no interest to you, this is clearly not a book for you. Lovers of vampire lore may not even be interested, as it has little by way of horror in it. If you love Dracula in particular, however, (I do) then it reads as a companion tale. Almost real crime horror in relation to Stoker's fantasy one. Also, it took me exactly a month to read this book and that says something for how it didn't hold my interest for more than an hour at a time.