Blood Games (2020)

Blood Games Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Blood Games Blood Games is a tale of love and horror set during the last chaotic days of Nero s Rome a time marked by excesses of high living cruel violence and intricate political intrigue One of the city s fe
  • Title: Blood Games
  • Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • ISBN: 9780812528015
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
Blood Games Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Blood Games is a tale of love and horror set during the last chaotic days of Nero s Rome a time marked by excesses of high living, cruel violence, and intricate political intrigue One of the city s few successful foreign businessmen, Sanct Germain Ragoozy hs so far avoided the treacherous maze of Roman society But his first mistake will be to fall in love with Olivia,Blood Games is a tale of love and horror set during the last chaotic days of Nero s Rome a time marked by excesses of high living, cruel violence, and intricate political intrigue One of the city s few successful foreign businessmen, Sanct Germain Ragoozy hs so far avoided the treacherous maze of Roman society But his first mistake will be to fall in love with Olivia, the brutalised wife of a powerful senator His second will be to help Rogerian, a craftsman mortally wounded by a greedy employer Here, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro introduces the two people that will follow Saint Germain throughout the centuries Rogerian and Olivia For them, he will give them is most precious gift and his worse curse immortality Now as punishment for his interference, Ragoczy must face the Circus Maximum as entertainment.
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  1. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestVampire novels actually used to be pretty difficult to find before TWILIGHT came out and renewed everyone s interest in vampires I remember combing the shelves for them at various used bookstores and only coming across three in as many years of searching PEEPS by Scott Westerfeld, MIDNIGHT PREDATOR by Amelia Atwater Rhodes, and WRIT IN BLOOD by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro All three are good books, but PEEPS and MIDNIGHT are both young adult books, whereas WRIT IN BLO [...]

  2. Sarah Mac

    Everyone seems to love this one, but I ll volunteer an unpopular verdict Surprise, right P IMO, this isn t as good as Hotel Transylvania The flaws of HT molasses paced first half, excessive historical conversations, too many faces without distinctive roles, villains that run unchecked until the last possible minute are all present here, but magnified due to this book s length What is tolerable in a shorter novel becomes annoying in a longer one This has a decent storyline, but everything is mire [...]

  3. Holly

    Repeatedly, I vow never again to read a book that A Describes a main male character s clothing in minute, obsessive, effeminate detail Every other page.B Uses words such as anealing and esuriance with regularity.C In every single sex scene, inevitably uses the phrase brought her to her fullness D Has a main character who is so cloyingly perfect that, if I knew him in real life, I would kill him, even if he is a 3000 year old vampire.And yet, repeatedly, I go back to this terrible series and read [...]

  4. Wanda

    2017 Summer Lovin Reading List Finally, I met the enigmatic Olivia who corresponded with Saint Germain during the first two books She is an excellent character and the Ancient Roman setting was an inspired choice I can t imagine all the historical research that Yarbro must do for each novel so far, she has skipped through three entirely different time periods and seems to maintain the accuracy of each one reasonably well.Also long awaited was Saint Germain actually using his vampire powers a bit [...]

  5. Jamie Collins

    I enjoyed this well enough, but then I m a sucker for an Ancient Rome setting and I like vampires Also the author gets points because like P.N Elrod, she never actually uses the word vampire If you re not very partial to these two elements then I don t recommend the book This is the third of many novels about the very long lived Saint Germain, a good guy vampire The story spans the period from the middle of Nero s reign, through the Year of the Four Emperors, and a few years into Vespasian s rei [...]

  6. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    Dear Vampire Affecianados,When you ve tired of sparkly emo disco balls with fangs or hip hop slinging, Escalade driving posers with supposedly edgy names or utterly defanged lust objects, bring your weary self to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro s delightfully historical Comte Saint Germain series There are over twenty books but thankfully, they are all stand alone novels and can be read in any order The Count Saint Germain is actually based on a real life historical figure though not a vampire, he was a sc [...]

  7. Jason

    Masterfully written, though exhaustingly dense But here I am looking for another I feel I very much can relate to the Count and his sensibilities, and that bothers me I m no old soul As the sun sets, I feel like stepping into the light.

  8. Ben Kane

    I have to start out by saying that I am in no way shape or form a fan of vampire novels Twilight etc etc leave me absolutely cold However, I was recommended this book by a member of staff in my local bookshop where I couldn t get it and he s the same chap who told me about the superlative Roman novel The Boat of Fate by Keith Roberts, so I took his recommendation at face value.Yarbro has been writing vampire novels about the same character, Saint Germain, for 30 years now, and she has apparently [...]

  9. MAP

    The third in the Saint Germain series, this book is set in Nero s Rome and explains the origins of several characters previously introduced in the first two books Of the 3 I have read, this one is definitely my favorite, but I do have a soft spot for Roman history That said, it s also the first time I ve noticed some historical inaccuracies, which really irked me As usual the letters at the beginning of the chapters are useless anything learned from them will be repeated in the main body of the [...]

  10. T.I.M. James

    A long time ago decades I was perusing the shelves in The Forbidden Planet on a weekend trip to London and notice a book written by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro I d read a couple of small paper books by the author but not been aware of her larger work the tales of the vampire Saint Germain This was one of those books and I enjoyed it Over the years I got two , but her works were hard to come by in this country.Going through the process of rebuilding my book collection I remembered her novels and found t [...]

  11. Mark

    Blood GamesAuthor Chelsea Quinn YarbroPublisher St Martin s PressPublished In New York City, NYDate 1979Pgs 458REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSSummary The Games in the Circus Maximus are afoot A mad emperor sits upon the throne Political infighting is the rule of the day Sadists, perverts, and the cream of Roman society flow through this book Sometimes, all three are the same people A foreign noble walks the streets taking in Rome, living her life Ragoczy Sanct Germain, vampire, Dacian, he only seeks [...]

  12. Kathi

    I m not a fan of vampire books in general This book did nothing to change my mind.I understand this is not the first book in the series and I have not read the previous books, so I expected to be missing some of the references to the past Still, I found the backstory to be almost nonexistent, which means I was even confused than I had expected to be Adding to my sense of confusion was the lack of a map of the Roman Empire at the time of the story and a list of the Caesars and key Senators Both [...]

  13. Rich

    Maybe I liked this book because I was so disappointed in Anne Rice s Lestat books I never got than 1 3 of the way through the first book and have never gone back to Rice since then I m not a huge horror reader I usually indulge in one or tow because I need to review a couple for my annual Halloween book reviews The paper I write for is a monthly The things I liked about this book were Yarbro s historical research into ancient Rome, bringing it vividly to life her inventiveness at overcoming the [...]

  14. A. E. S.

    Pros This is a great history read, especially if you love ancient Rome The attention to period detail is unparalleled here Yarbro is right next to period writers such as Elizabeth Chadwick early medieval royalty or Philippa Gregory late medieval Renaissance ibid The carnage was the style of the time, and the scenes of the Blood Games so called really brought it home for me Olivia s husband is the most loathsome animal in the arena, and you ll soon see why.Cons Yarbro is a lot lighter on the vamp [...]

  15. Matteo Pellegrini

    Roma un crogiolo di vizi e intrighi, dove normale che perfino un imperatore venga assassinato L unica realt immutabile quella del Circo Massimo, l arena dove coloro che non godono pi dei favori di Nerone, siano essi gladiatori o ex senatori, vengono sbranati da leoni e coccodrilli Uno dei pochissimi uomini d affari di successo bench non romano, Saint Germain Ragoczy, stato fino ad ora capace di tenersi fuori dalle pericolose sabbie mobili dell alta societ romana, ma il suo primo errore sar quell [...]

  16. Geri Hoekzema

    The problem with beginning your adventures in reading historical fiction with Anya Seton and Dorothy Dunnett is that they spoil you everything else seems pallid in comparison That s why I was delighted to realize that I don t remember reading the second book in Yarbro s long running Count Saint Germaine series I ve recommended this series to friends who haven t liked any of the vampire themed titles in the pop fiction of the last decade The Saint Germaine series and its spinoffs should really be [...]

  17. Angela

    I have now read three of the Saint Germain series I am trying to read them in order, but that may or may not continue I have liked 2 of the 3, it was The Palace that I couldn t finish This one was quite entertaining I think it could partly be because my husband and I just finished watching season two of Rome, and this while later in years has the same feel as the TV series did I like that Saint Germain, while important to the story, was not THE story We go off on many tangents I am going to miss [...]

  18. Lighthearted

    The Saint Germain series melds historical fiction, romance and horror into something quite unique SG is an intriguing character He s kind, but in Blood Games, he s living in Nero s Rome why It s sickening to know that atrocities happen why would anyone want a front row seat Is he trying to lead by example Is he inflicting some sort of penance on himself If so, for what How long has he been around anyway I m curious enough that I m planning to check out the rest of the series For a quick glimpse [...]

  19. Jason

    I will come back to give a proper review Strengths good writer, immersed in historical subject matter realistic story w fallible, true narrator well paced, if circumspect and elliptical I enjoy the length and typecast it w her StG oeuvre Weaknesses logical gaps confusing motives old fashioned I m not the target audience and I felt it formulaic, if you ve read any of these before a few historical social gaffs I ve been spoiled by Colleen McCullough Overall a good story and well written, albeit so [...]

  20. Wesa

    I read this book long before this edition came out I wore the paperback out with re reading it, and finally got a hardback copy when it was re issued.Yarbro s florid prose seems like the right way to describe the excesses of Imperial Rome, and the heroine s misfortune of being married to man with deviant sexual tastes makes this truly a horror novel Add the dangers faced by Saint Germain s slaves and then Saint Germain himself in the arena, and you have an exciting as well as disturbing examinat [...]

  21. Joy

    I regularly read at least one book about the Vampire Saint Germain every few months The author really does her historical research so its almost historical fantasy than a blood sucking vampire series In fact St Germain is a good guy always attempting to help people although he runs up against human ignorance and religious superstition often before he can do any good Some character you come to love always seems to die, so I can t read too many at once without getting depressed Good series of ma [...]

  22. Megan

    This was a re reading of this book I like the Saint Germaine series a lot the historical settings are well written, and the plots are fun to read, mostly This is probably my least favorite of the series just due to the senseless violence associated with the arena, but that s a product of the era than a fault of the author I remembered what happened, but the settings are still fascinating Good read if you like historical dramas set in the Roman era and vampire stories.

  23. Rosalind M

    This was the first heavily historical novel I ever read, and it set my expectations for every one that followed Yarbro s writing includes a heavy sometimes overwhelming amount of research, but that research is what makes her novels and characters come alive.

  24. Rebecca Huston

    One of the earlier, and better, Saint Germain novels Also introduces Olivia into the mix, and it s quite a tale, if rather blood thirsty.

  25. Lisa

    I m really getting to understand the Saint Germain legacy, and it has sucked me in to the series It s interesting how she weaves real history into the stories Looking forward to

  26. Janon

    Read this series years ago in publishing order I m now planning to re read and read some of the newer ones for the first time in chronological order I remember loving them

  27. Joseph

    I ve never been a big fan of the sexy vampire school of writing But if you gotta go that way, this lady is the best real history and vivid prose Skip over the gushy parts if you must.

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