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The Witching of Dracula

Novel by Robert Lory 1974.

Here in the sixth in the series begun by Dracula Returns, we are finally introduced to a character almost as powerful as the Count himself. Another immortal, Dracula and Sabor have crossed paths many times before, with the Count always coming out on top. Last seen as Countess Elizabeth Bathory, the 'Blood Countess', she has lain inside a sealed glass tomb for hundreds of years, but once released the first thing on her mind is to finally rid herself of her old enemy. Because she sucks thoughts as Dracula sucks blood, she soon tracks down Damien Harmon's old Romanian friend, Dr Alexandru Thorka at the University of Bucharest. From there it is but a small step to a showdown at a hilltop castle in Germany.

Bringing in another all-powerful character is exactly what Lory should have done in book six of a long series. It puts the plot slap bang into Marvel comic territory, but this really wasn't a literary series anyway! With plenty of obvious plotting, flamboyant cliffhangers and large amounts of cannon fodder, it ought to prove a success, but somehow Lory seems to be running out of steam. Most of the novel is devoted to one scene, the showdown between Sabor and Dracula, and there should have been much more, even in a tacky novel such as this.


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