Retribution (Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 5) by Jeanne C. Stein

By Jeanne C. Stein

Along with her companion out of city, her relations in another country, and her mentor estranged, newly-turned vampire Anna powerful is holding a low profile.

But now younger vampires are turning up useless, thoroughly tired in their lifestyles strength. And notwithstanding Anna desires to say no while Williams, her former instructor and now chief of a supernatural enforcement squad, asks for her aid, she can't. yet quickly, she'll want she did.

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My own first glimpse of Transylvania did not disappoint; the snow-capped Carpathians were shrouded by an early morning mist and the air felt a good few degrees colder upon entering ‘vampire country’. Indeed, everything felt somewhat darker and more foreboding than the Wallachian gateway to the south. Areas such as Yadu Drakuluj (‘the Devil’s Abyss’) and Gregynia Drakuluj (‘the Devil’s Garden’),1 nestled amongst thickly-forested plateaus, do little to alleviate this opinion. It is suggested that somewhere atop these mountains is the legendary scholomance or ‘magic school’ where the secrets of nature, magic spells, incantations and charms are taught by the 53 The Carpathian Mountains, gateway to Dracula country.

The mass hysteria created by such a fervently naïve population allowed for one of the worst atrocities in history. In a narrative on the links between vampires and religion it is suggested that ‘the Church in Europe during the Middle Ages came to recognize the existence of vampires and changed it from a pagan folk myth into a creature of the Devil. ’14 The Church recognized in the vampire an opportunity that could be used as a tool in furthering its own strength. The only differ50 A 1570s engraving of a witch-burning.

The gas that builds up within a putrefying body enters the blood cells and causes the skin to change colour, from a greenish hue through to purple and finally black, again witnessed in vampire traditions, where the skin of vampires takes on a deathly shade of purplish white. The release of these gases when a body is punctured, by a wooden stake for example, can also be used to explain the horrific smells attributed to the destruction of a vampire. 29 Ideas on death, burial, funerary rites and the afterlife are prominent in the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome and Egypt, but the mysticism of these ideas are somewhat lost to us due to the lack of documentary evidence, whether writings, inscriptions or hieroglyphs.

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