History’s Most Shocking Serial Killer Brought to Life: The Affliction Series by Romina Nicolaides

Bathory's secret1609, Hungary. Powerful Countess Erzsébet Báthory has been searching for an illiterate book binder to collate her journals. Why illiterate? So that no one will discover her extraordinary, violent past. Kati, a local peasant, has just the skills she requires. The girl is keen to live in the castle with the Countess, until the horrors of her employer’s habits begin to be revealed. 

Horror isn’t always my thing, but Nicolaides’ novels are something totally different. They transcend the genre with their gritty action and gorgeous historical detail. They’re macabre and evocative, and there’s book binding, which I’m very into at the moment.

Chillingly, the title character is based on the real Erzsébet Báthory  (click the link to read about her deeds) – reputedly history’s most prolific female serial killer. Her legend has long been embellished with vampiric overtones, and Nicolaides seamlessly blends fact and fiction compellingly (she has an academic background in history). If you’re tired of sparkly teenage vampires, this is the ideal antidote.
Vampire edificeThrough the ‘Afflicted’ characters (those who survive on blood), there is an exploration of morality, mortality and what it means to be human.

The second novel focuses on Kati. I don’t want to give too much away to those of you who haven’t read the first one yet, but suffice it to say, dramatic events happen, there’s violence, travel, peril, love, and a secret society or two: all the ingredients for a page turner.

I’m excited about the next in the series too.

If you’d like to try them out, the links to purchase can be found here. They’re astoundingly cheap so I highly recommend you give them a go.

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2 responses to “History’s Most Shocking Serial Killer Brought to Life: The Affliction Series by Romina Nicolaides

  1. Romina Nicolaides

    I’ve just seen your post, and I can’t thank you enough! I’m very touched and honoured by your kind words and for taking the time to write this. Of course I’ll be reblogging it 😉 Thanks again, Ro.

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  2. Reblogged this on Romina Nicolaides Author and commented:
    This wonderful post about my books written by Eve Merrier, a fellow writer who is also a first class editor and proofreader, was a huge surprise for me this week. I love hearing people get excited about my work, especially people whose own work I respect and admire. Receiving praise is a very rewarding experience and I can never get enough!

    In other news, I know I’ve been saying this since forever but the third istallment in the Affliction series will hopefully be going live by next week, so please hang in there a little longer until I make the final tweaks.

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