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Madelaine de Montalia, anthropologist, scholar and vampire goes to the American West in the 1840's to learn from the American Indians, as her creator Saint-Germain did 200 years before in South America. She's already spent time with 8 tribes when she comes to San Francisco in 1855 to write up her experiences when she meets and fall in love with William T. Sherman, her banker. She's only with the married Sherman for seven months that year then goes on the learn from a few other tribes before she studies the Choctaw in Oklahoma, then in Alabama and Georgia. It is there that she meets Sherman again, caring for the wounded because she can't let people suffer when she is capable of alleviating that suffering. They spend eight months “together” during the last year of the war. Six years later she sees him twice during a European sojourn. He is the major love of her life.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Romance    -   Yes Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   vampires Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   archaeologist Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   super strength    -   is very quick    -   healing


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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