Publication Order of Saint-Germain Books
|Hotel Transylvania||(1978)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Palace||(1979)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Blood Games||(1979)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Path of the Eclipse||(1981)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Tempting Fate||(1981)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Saint-Germain Chronicles||(1983)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Darker Jewels||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Better in the Dark||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Mansions of Darkness||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Writ in Blood||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Blood Roses||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Communion Blood||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Come Twilight||(2000)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Feast in Exile||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Night Blooming||(2002)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Midnight Harvest||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dark of the Sun||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|States of Grace||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Roman Dusk||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Saint-Germain Memoirs||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Borne in Blood||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Dangerous Climate||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Burning Shadows||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|An Embarrassment of Riches||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Commedia Della Morte||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Night Pilgrims||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sustenance||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Saint-Germain is a novel series authored by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, an American writer born in 1942 in Berkeley California. The series comprises of twenty-five books with the first book being published as early as 1978. It is through this series that Yarbro has gained worldwide recognition with several awards in her name. The Saint-Germain series combines historical fiction and classical romantic horror superbly in a manner that leaves the reader wanting more. Some of the awards given to Yarbro in honor of the series include ‘Grand Master’ in 2003 and the Living Legend in 2005.
The first book of the series ‘Hotel Transylvania’ introduces us to Saint-Germain, a vampire and son of an ancient tribal leader. On reading the book, it is quite clear that Saint-Germain is the main character of the series. The situation surrounding his turning to a vampire is vividly explained in the first chapters of the first book in the series. He was turned during a raid on his home village by an invading tribe. The brutal events following the initiation are well visible through several marks present in his abdomen. Though a vampire, Saint-Germaine behaves very differently from the ordinary vampires. For instance, he only requires very little amount of blood to survive. He is also only affected by direct sunlight when very weak, unlike other vampires who cannot withstand sunlight at all. Being a romantic and loving vampire, he converts women to vampires but in an interesting twist the two newly born vampires cannot live together for long. The writer has written independent books on these two women who were supposedly turned by Germaine to vampires. The two are Atta Olivia Clemens and Madelaine de Montalia. Throughout the series, the main character turns several other characters into vampires some of who commit suicide to avoid resurrection and subsequent turning.
The first book of the series’Hotel Transylvania’ was published in 1978. In this book, we are introduced to the main character who is Sainte- Germaine and his servant and friend Roger. The setting is in Paris, France in the early 1700’s. Germaine is presented as the perfect gentleman with a taste for music, art and travel. We are also informed of his status as a vampire through a short flashback of the events leading to his turning. In his stay in Paris, he meets a lovely lady by the name Madeline. The two quickly fall in love sharing romantic moments in the lovely city of Paris. The climax of the of the book is a fairy tale classic where Germane has to save the beautiful lady from a group of satanic freaks whose intentions is to devour her soul. In an interesting twist to the climax, we are able to deduce that it is only Germaine who can save her.
The second book that is’ The Palace’ was published in 1979 a year later after the release of ‘Hotel Transylvania’. Its setting is in Florence and Venice between 1490 and 1498. Attracted by the art and culture of Florence, Germaine has traveled here and becomes part of the society. The city of Venice is brought to life through clear explanations and descriptions. It is also in this book that we are introduced to other characters such as Lorenzo and Sandro who became great friends to Germaine. Later on in the book, Lorenzo falls ill and dies. His death comes as a shock and massive blow to Germaine. To make matters worse, the life in Florence deteriorates drastically under the harsh rule of a monk named Girolamo Savonarola. He is forced to flee the city with the help of his servant Ruggerio. After several years since his departure, he has to come back to Florence and save a woman he loved. The woman’s vampire secret had been discovered, and she had been sentenced to be burnt at the stake.
The next book in the series is ‘Blood Games’, which was published in 1980. The setting of the book is in Rome in a period between 60 and 70 A.D. In this book Germaine is introduced as an alchemist and a horse breeder in the Nero part of Rome. He and his newly found friend Titus Niger enter a group within the Negro society. In the course of events, he meets up with Atta Olivia, a senator’s wife and they engage in immorality. Later in the book, Germaine loses several of his slaves. In response to this loss, he turns to an injured man by name Rogerian and turns him into a vampire by restoring him to back life. Germaine is later sentenced to death following claims of crimes against the state. He was to die in the arena. Against all odds, he is rescued by Atta Olivia, and he is able to flee. In return, Germaine saves Olivia from her brutal and abusive husband.
‘Tempting Fate’ is the fifth book of the series. Its setting is in three different regions which are; Russia, Europe and England. The timing of the book is between 1917 and 1928. The book begins with Germaine escaping Russia following Chaos. During his escape, he has a nerve cracking encounter with an abandoned kid who suffers from partial amnesia. He gets a guard by the name Laisha during his travels. Germaine, Laisha and Roger take residency at the Bavarian Scholoss in an attempt to get back their normal lives. Typical of Germaine, he immediately starts an affair with another woman, this time his neighbor. This relationship is soon discovered by the neighbor’s brother who puts on a fight. Later, laisha is killed by a group of Nazi militia and Germaine swears to revenge his death. In his quest for vengeance, he almost loses his life.
Other books in the series follow a similar plot and style as the ones above. The only difference is the regions and timing within which the events are taking place. There is, however, one thing that stands out. In each book that Saint-Germain appears, he has to be involved in a forbidden relationship.
The writer combines historical fiction, romance and lucid explanations so well that the reader yearns for more. This novel series is indeed a masterpiece, and it demonstrates Yarbro’s command in imagination and language.Take time and read this series and sure enough you will have a good time.Book Series In Order » Characters » Saint-Germain