I borrowed Swan Thieves from the library because I loved Kostova’s first book, The Historian.
The Swan Thieves is not the Historian. The Historian was a wide ranging (and too long) look at the idea of Dracula. It came out just before the Twilight series changed the concept of vampires for modern readers.
I read the Historian after I first read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The Historian was a modern take on how a historical Dracula could have hidden and still be around. It kept with most of the original vampire lore that Stoker used. Vampires were ultimate evil.
Twilight changed that and suddenly the erotic imagery became central point and instead of ultimate evil, vampires just became evil because they stopped paying attention to humans. But those vampires that cared for humans were as good as if they had never changed.
Swan Thieves is a confusing interplay between a modern psychologist, his patient, the patient’s ex-wife and a historical painter and his muse.
I read 40 percent of the book and was bored out of my mind. Often books get better. So I reached out to my social media world and everyone that responded back said get out because it doesn’t get any better.
So I gave up. If anyone actually liked it, leave a comments and let me know. Maybe I will come back to it later.