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Just reviewed Kate Paulk’s “Impaler” for SBR — a must-read, intelligent, superlative novel

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Folks, I’ve rarely read a better novel than Kate Paulk’s IMPALER, which is a historical with some fantasy (and a bit of alternate history) about Vlad III of Wallachia, called “the Impaler Prince” by the Turks he often fought due to his way of dealing with battlefield enemies.   Paulk’s version of Vlad has you rooting for him throughout — he’s sober, reliable, responsible, interesting, a devout Christian (as you’d expect) and a scholar (which I knew I hadn’t expected, but makes sense), and is someone you really want to succeed despite the terrible “curse” he has — that of being a berserker, one with the need to drink blood.

This is one of the best first novels I’ve ever read — now, it’s time for you to read my review, then go to the Naked Reader ( and buy Paulk’s book already!

Written by Barb Caffrey

April 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Posted in Book reviews, Books