BY AUTUMN BARDOT
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
eBook; 452 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Legend, history, and passion collide in this gritty, evocative, and sensual story about history’s most notorious price and the woman who paid love’s ultimate price.
The year is 1464, and young King Matthias controls Hungary, his family, and the fate of the world’s most notorious political prisoner, Prince Vlad Dracula.
Ilona Szilágy, the king’s cousin, is young and ambitious. Dracula is determined to marry into the Hunyadi family. It is love at first sight…but the king has other plans. The Impaler Prince, however, never takes no for an answer.
This begins Ilona’s journey into the treacherous world of court intrigues, family betrayals, and her husband’s dark desires. Eager to become Vlad’s trusted confidant, Ilona soon discovers that marriage to a man tortured by his past comes with a price.
Woven throughout is a peek into the life and times of one of the world’s most enigmatic and maligned rulers…the man before the legend.
With Bardot’s decadent period detail and a cast of gritty evocative characters, The Impaler’s Wife offers a fierce yet sensuous glimpse into the violent 15th century.
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Lady Ilona Szilágy is cousin to King Matthias of Hungary in 1464. King Matthias keeps Vlad Dracula as a political prisoner. Ilona's sister Margit believes that she is soon to be betrothed to Vlad. After meeting the mysterious man shrouded in stories of horror and several strange prophesies Ilona believes herself to be a better match for Vlad. Through much political maneuvering, Vlad and Ilona are married. Their personalities are compatible, however, there is much about Vlad that Ilona has to discover. Vlad is also still a prisoner of Matthias and very eager to fight for his rightful rule over the kingdom of Wallachia.
Historical, sensual, intriguing and magical, The Impaler's Wife brings the story of Vlad the Impaler to life. From the very beginning, the poetic text brimming with mystery intrigued me. With alternating points of view between Ilona and Vlad, Vlad's upbringing and childhood sacrifices lay context for the horrors he committed as an adult. It seemed that he was truly trying to do the best he could for his people while enacting revenge on those who had wronged him. Ilona was equally as fascinating. I felt a strong bond to her from the start. Her wit, intelligence and understanding of how to make to most of her role was entrancing. The relationship between Vlad and Ilona was deep, physical and alluring. Many spicy scenes accentuated the political intrigue. While historically based, there was a thread of magic and mythology woven through with the book of the Solomonari and mentions of the strigoi creating possibility of the supernatural. From beginning to end, The Impaler's Wife kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning pages with a perfect mix of history, romance and mystery.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and erotica about sassy women and daring passions!
Her erotic fiction includes Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World, published by Cleis Press. Confessions of a Sheba Queen (erotica) will be available Jan 2020.
The Impaler’s Wife is her debut historical fiction, releasing in April 2019.
Autumn has a BA in English literature and a MaEd in curriculum and instruction. She’s been teaching literary analysis for fourteen years
When Autumn’s not writing or working, you’ll find her hanging out with her ever-growing family, spoiled husband, and pampered rescue pooch. Her favorite things include salty French fries, coffee, swimming, and a great book.
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