- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (August 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525477322
- ISBN-13: 978-0525477327
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Erzebet is young, beautiful, rich, and imprisoned in her castle, waiting to be sentenced for murder. In a brilliant fiction debut, Alisa M. Libby resurrects the real-life Erzebet Bathory, a seventeenth-century countess who believed that bathing in human blood would preserve her looks forever. The jailed countess tells her story from her birth, which was overshadowed by a bad omen, to her mother’s mental deterioration, Erzebet’s own love for a mysterious figure, and the crimes she committed in pursuit of eternal life.
Erzebet's ways of sarificing the lives of numerous young girls were cruel and sickening. In her attempt of pursuing immortality, she had lost her sanity and aborted all her morality. She had become a horrifying monster, even though she deceived herself by saying "I'm not a murderess." after slaughtering a victim. The scenes are not too graphic, so it's suitable for everyone (teenagers and adults), unless you have Haemophobia.
Erzebet is portrayed as an evil person, but somehow I sympathize her because of the loneliness and emptiness she had endured in her early years. Erzebet lived a luxurious life, but behind the glorious facade was a sad and lonely heart. Maybe she was good in nature, but her mind was corrupted with evil thoughts (infused by Sinestra, and partly because her own madness), and she was eventually led astray.
The Blood Confession is the first book by author Alisa M. Libby which is deftly written based on the legend of Countess Bathory. It succeeds in capturing and revealing the dark sides of human nature and shows readers how far would a person go to ensure their own benefits. The Blood Confession is a compelling novel which teenagers, especially Goth-lovers will love.
Many thanks to Alisa M. Libby for sending me a signed hardcover copy of The Blood Confession! I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope to read more books by Alisa in the future!