Do Vampires live forever Hell no Immortality is earnedThe year isand fourteen year old Kati lives a quiet rural existence with her mother in the outskirts of Csejthe Castle, the home of the powerful Countess Erzs bet B thory When the Countess personally shows up at Kati s house offering her a job as a servant, she is happy to go if it ll help her mother break out of poverty Once at the castle the Countess ensures that Kati is illiterate before giving her the task of binding a series of centuries old notebooks which hide a blood soaked and violent past As the months progress Kati discovers that her new mistress is fearsome, cruel and dangerous, but she is unable to leave without fear of retribution She realizes that her only hope of understanding and escaping the Countess hides within the journals she is unable to read Finding herself in a desperate situation Kati must uncover the secret behind the Countess s erratic behavior and stop her before it s too late for her and everyone she loves


10 thoughts on “Bathory's Secret

  1. Marinka Marinka says:

    I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for a lovely lady from Cyprus named Romina Nicolaides, who is ofc the authour of this book.Bathory s Secret is the first book in the Affliction Series, and this is probably one of my favorite vampire book because Romina cleverly created her vampires with a little twist The story begins in the year 1609, and its set in Csejthe castle which was in Hungary The fact that the author set her book in a realisticor at least, it wascastle made the story feel v I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for a lovely lady from Cyprus named Romina Nicolaides, who is ofc the authour of this book.Bathory s Secret is the first book in the Affliction Series, and this is probably one of my favorite vampire book because Romina cleverly created her vampires with a little twist The story begins in the year 1609, and its set in Csejthe castle which was in Hungary The fact that the author set her book in a realisticor at least, it wascastle made the story feel very real and imaginable.I really liked the main protagonist Katalina, even thought she was pretty young You could see that she was really mature for her age, and I think that this was a consequence about her life style What I loved the most about this book was that Romina created two stories at once and in some point they ve collided together At that point everything made sense, and the story felt complet I think this was a really clever idea for how to create a base for further stories, and I can t wait to get my hands on the second book.Without further ado, I would recommend this book to every vampire historical paranormal book lovers, because I m sure that you will enjoy it


  2. Sarah-Jayne Briggs Sarah-Jayne Briggs says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review This review may contain spoilers.I ve seen vampires used a lot in fiction to date and it s always interesting to see the different kind of spins people put on the popular vampire myth even though I do think vampires have been over used to date.I know the historical account of the Countess Bathory and I felt this book was not only an interesting twist on the vampire story, but also on the story of the Countess despite the amou I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review This review may contain spoilers.I ve seen vampires used a lot in fiction to date and it s always interesting to see the different kind of spins people put on the popular vampire myth even though I do think vampires have been over used to date.I know the historical account of the Countess Bathory and I felt this book was not only an interesting twist on the vampire story, but also on the story of the Countess despite the amount of poetic license that was taken throughout the book.The start of the book was intriguing and enough to draw me into the plot The character of Kati was quite an interesting one and I liked seeing her interacting with the other characters in the book It was pretty creepy to see the Countess home and what went on there through Kati s eyes I was surprised that the whole book wasn t written in first person although the first chapter was intriguing, I felt it wasn t entirely clear who the POV character was or how they knew all of this information.The journals that Kati had to bind were quite intriguing to read, but I couldn t quite see the evolution from the the character of Theodora to the way she was in Kati s time.The goals of the Countess, once revealed, made herof an interesting character, I felt if still clearly a villain I would have liked to see someof the servants in the castle and also have a fewdetails of the other girls attending the school.For the most part, I felt the author did a good job of setting the scene historically but I did feel there were a number of occasions where the language was a bit too modern There were also a couple of times where the journal entries weren t clearly indicated and I had some confusion before realising Kati was reading them again.There were a lot of disturbing scenes in this book and I found myself cringing at times The descriptions came across really well I thought good use was made of the other historical figures, too.I probably would read the sequel to this book at some point in the future It would be interesting to see where the author goes with the storyline next


  3. Kate Kate says:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I love historical fiction and vampire lore, and this book does not disappoint It is a compelling read, telling a story within the story and weaving the two together skillfully, which is not always easily done This isn t your current young adult vampire story, but based on an actual historical figure, the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory It touches on adult themes and has an intriguing plot twist on vampires that m I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I love historical fiction and vampire lore, and this book does not disappoint It is a compelling read, telling a story within the story and weaving the two together skillfully, which is not always easily done This isn t your current young adult vampire story, but based on an actual historical figure, the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory It touches on adult themes and has an intriguing plot twist on vampires that makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next, both out of fascination, hope and fear for the young woman narrating it There are elements of intrigue, suspense, and careful attention to the small historical notes that make any reader of historical fiction happy.There are a few typos here and there that should be corrected on a future edit, but overall the pace of the book is good, the story is solidly researched, and you are drawn into it quickly.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good historical fiction an added plus would be knowing the history of the Blood Countess to add to your enjoyment of Ms Nicolaides re telling of that story I am looking forward to the next installment


  4. Elena Elena says:

    Bathory s Secret is an interesting take on the story of Erzs bet B thory, known as the Blood Countess The most peculiar aspect of this novel is that the Countess is view spoiler a vampire, even if her powers are slightly different from those of the classic vampires hide spoiler I usually prefer historical novels which arerealistic, but the idea is appropriate when it comes to B thory s story, and the author did quite a good job with it I must say I did not much like that view sp Bathory s Secret is an interesting take on the story of Erzs bet B thory, known as the Blood Countess The most peculiar aspect of this novel is that the Countess is view spoiler a vampire, even if her powers are slightly different from those of the classic vampires hide spoiler I usually prefer historical novels which arerealistic, but the idea is appropriate when it comes to B thory s story, and the author did quite a good job with it I must say I did not much like that view spoiler the real Erzs bet B thory is killed by a vampire, and then this vampire takes her place This explains how the Countess s behaviour changed in the years, but it felt way too weird for me hide spoiler Apart from that, I think the story blends historical elements with supernatural ones quite well, so you should enjoy it if you like these kind of books The book is quite short so the plot is mostly eventful and not boring, but there are some slow points For example, I think the parts of B thory s diaries concerning her imprisonment were a little dragged out.As for the characters, I liked the main character, a servant girl named Kati Even if she makes some foolish decisions, she is so young that her actions are easily justifiable, and I appreciated her courage and her kindness Unfortunately, even if we read her diaries, the Countess herself remains an ambiguous character Her motivations are not entirely explained, and she is not as charismatic or as frightening as I would have liked And yet, her portrayal is not bad, and definitely better than some books I have read about her.Overall, I would recommend this book to readers who love books about Erzs bet B thory, and to readers who love historical fiction mixed with supernatural elements


  5. Please Pass the Books Please Pass the Books says:

    The story itself is a good one It jumps between the protagonist Kati and her service to Erzsebet Bathory, and Theodora s journal entries I think the introduction as a virus is a fresh spin on an old Vampire tale, and the author does a great job moving the story along I was whisked away to Hungary, Venice, and Vienna and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.This book would be five stars without its glaring issues with sentence structure, wording, and some confusing jumps between journal entries and the The story itself is a good one It jumps between the protagonist Kati and her service to Erzsebet Bathory, and Theodora s journal entries I think the introduction as a virus is a fresh spin on an old Vampire tale, and the author does a great job moving the story along I was whisked away to Hungary, Venice, and Vienna and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.This book would be five stars without its glaring issues with sentence structure, wording, and some confusing jumps between journal entries and the actual book chapters I also had a problem believing Theodora would start a relationship with Vyktor after during a series of violent rapes that occur Had there been a smoother, longer progression to their relationship it might have been believable after some time but not right out of the gate I just cannot buy into a virginal rape victim getting into a romantic, sexual relationship while violent assaults are still occurring.The flow of the story is hampered by overused words, oftentimes in the same sentences which are never ending For example Initially a grasping chill sets in, only it gets worse and worse until it permanently settles the body s core temperature to about thirty five degrees centigrade and leaves it permanently cold to the touch and extremely pale There we have permanently twice in a sentence that reads like a paragraph and there are many, manyAlso, the body is normally 37.2C so 35C isn t terribly convincing as a dramatic change in temperature, at least not to a lay reader.There are a lot of these issues throughout, but I found it mostly forgivable in the context of a good story I enjoyed reading well outside my usual genre and comfort zone, and thank the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review


  6. Katie Link Katie Link says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If I could give this 5 stars I would I was not initially familiar with the Countess, but I extremely fascinated with the story that opened up and consumed me entirely to the point that I will soon hit Google and getinformation This is an especially easy read, but also, rich with facts and even a note from the author explaining that some of the story has been changed in order for the story to flow correctly A wonderfu I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If I could give this 5 stars I would I was not initially familiar with the Countess, but I extremely fascinated with the story that opened up and consumed me entirely to the point that I will soon hit Google and getinformation This is an especially easy read, but also, rich with facts and even a note from the author explaining that some of the story has been changed in order for the story to flow correctly A wonderful read


  7. Marina Doritis Marina Doritis says:

    A wonderful, must read book, beautifully written with some great characters Already hooked, waiting super eagerly for the next in the series to come out and discover how the characters develop I especially enjoyed the chapter on the Order of the Knights of the True Blood and the dark and imaginative edge that runs throughout the narrative There are many vampire books out there, but true fantasy lovers will agree that this book stands out amidst the crowd Excellent work by the author.


  8. Deanna Deanna says:

    I received this book free from Read It And Reap at Goodreads.com, in exchange for an honest review.Kati is a poor peasant girl whose fortunes apparently change overnight when she catches the eye of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who hires her to work as a servant in her castle Kati has been chosen because of her oxymoronic illiteracy and bookbinding ability The Countess has stacks and stacks of papers that she wishes to have bound into book form When one of the Countess wards befriends Kati I received this book free from Read It And Reap at Goodreads.com, in exchange for an honest review.Kati is a poor peasant girl whose fortunes apparently change overnight when she catches the eye of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who hires her to work as a servant in her castle Kati has been chosen because of her oxymoronic illiteracy and bookbinding ability The Countess has stacks and stacks of papers that she wishes to have bound into book form When one of the Countess wards befriends Kati and offers to teach her to read, Kati jumps at the opportunity, and finds herself learningfrom those papers about the Countess than is safe for her to know.I wanted to enjoy this storythan I did I wasn t entirely disappointed, because the tale has excellent bones, which is why I m giving it 3 stars I can also tell that the author did some research on the time period as well as bookbinding and other aspects of the story But it is still in need of some fleshing out For example, much of the phrasing is far too modern for the story Obviously, because it is for modern readers, a certain amount of modernity is required But phrases such as, put up with it , which was used frequently, could have been changed tosophisticated verbiage so as not to be so glaring Other editing issues included punctuation and grammar One instance which comes to mind, is when referring to people, we should use the word who rather than the word that For example, These are the people WHO like me , rather than, These are the people THAT like me This type of grammatical error occurs frequently, and made the story clunky.Certain other issues arose which made me wince Spoilers follow In one scene, a female prisoner is being violated by her captor It is the first time it has occurred in the story, but the prisoner tells us that the only thing that gets her through these nightly visits is fantasizing about killing him Why are we being told that this is a nightly activity when this is the first time it s happened And later in the story this same girl tells us that a fellow captive becomes her Keeper and they begin nightly intimacies in secret Where did her jailer go Is her captor permitting this for some reason of his own Considering that she had previously been raped nightly , I found it glaring that, even though they were answered later in the story, the character did not ask those questions at any time.Evenimportantly, it was never really discussed why the Countess wanted the papers bound in the first place It was a foundational question that was never answered to my satisfaction, and it left the story feeling a little unbalanced to me.Better editing could have made this a better book, but I did very much enjoy the premise It provided a fresh perspective to vampire lore I hope that the author s next installment in the series will havepolish, because it certainly has excellent potential


  9. Jan Beaton Jan Beaton says:

    I was almost afraid to read this book because of some of the content While disturbing, it wasn t as graphic thank God as I thought it would be I had an interest in Elizabeth Bathory from other novels in which she was mentioned I have read quite a few biographies and while appreciating the facts, I found some very dry So I decided to go for a fictional account This book kept my interest from beginning to end I didn t go into it to tear it apart for anachronistic flaws etc The author wrot I was almost afraid to read this book because of some of the content While disturbing, it wasn t as graphic thank God as I thought it would be I had an interest in Elizabeth Bathory from other novels in which she was mentioned I have read quite a few biographies and while appreciating the facts, I found some very dry So I decided to go for a fictional account This book kept my interest from beginning to end I didn t go into it to tear it apart for anachronistic flaws etc The author wrote a very, in my opinion, good book There were only a few times that I had to check to see who s POV I was reading and it never interfered with the story When you re reading a book and you realize two hours have gone by in the blink of an eye, well, that s a good read This story flowed smoothly along and made me keep turning the pages until the end I throughly enjoyed it and I will be purchasing the next in the series


  10. Jenny Falcone Jenny Falcone says:

    I received complementary copy of this book for an honest review.Parental advisory this book portrays a warped sense of what Christianity is Priests who pray to God, capture, contain and rape vampires, all in the name of Jesus, as well as drink vampire blood to elongate their own lives I ve never read a vampire novel before, but it was a good read, with thought out, well developed characters I would have given this book a higher rating were it not for the graphic scenes beginning in chapter 8 I received complementary copy of this book for an honest review.Parental advisory this book portrays a warped sense of what Christianity is Priests who pray to God, capture, contain and rape vampires, all in the name of Jesus, as well as drink vampire blood to elongate their own lives I ve never read a vampire novel before, but it was a good read, with thought out, well developed characters I would have given this book a higher rating were it not for the graphic scenes beginning in chapter 8.I love how the book opens up to explain about a virus that changes your body composition and how the person then becomes Afflicted or otherwise known as a vampire It also explains from a first person point of view, all the myths about vampires, such as using garlic or a crucifix o ward off a vampire Silver is specifically pinpointed as something that can harm someone with the VN73 virus.This author has very poor usage of commas, which prevents the sentences from being read smoothly and I have had to reread numerous sentences to understand what is trying to be said.Our main character, Kati, is a 14 year old, underprivileged girl, who lives with her mother She is approached by the Countess, Bathory, to work at her castle and bind a bunch of papers into books Kati can not read up to this point, which is what the Countess is looking for in a book binder The Countess brings in 4 young, wealthy girls to teach how to become ladies, one of whom befriends Kati and teaches her how to read Graphic Spoiler Alert Kati begins to read the Countess journals and we discover the Countess childhood Up to the chapter 8 mark, this was a clean book, but at the middle of this chapter, there is a graphic rape scene between the captured young vampire and a Priest We are told that this would be a nightly occurrence, and not necessarily by the same Priest, each time There are also other scenes between the girl and her vampire keeper, Vyktor, later on in the book This book ends with a cliff hanger What happened with the Countess son who was to be healed Is that in the supposed next installment that the author mentions at the end All in all, I would recommend this book to those that have a firm understanding of Christianity and know that what the Priests in the underground compound, are not correct in their thinking and warp what the Bible says to be true Use your own judgement As a Christian, I would not let my children read this book because it goes against what we believe to be true