I'd give this really a 2.9 because there were elements I liked about the book. I liked the historical aspect and the mystery aspect but fantasy/science fiction of Dracula still being alive? Give me a break... Its so far fetched. Plus the switching between four different voices at times was really hard to follow. There also was a lot of pointless material that did not add to the story and in fact was a waste of space. Specifically the chapter of "The 'Chronicle' of Zacharias...". This could have been summerized and didn't need to be written out in full form. It didn't really add much to the story. Kostova's descriptions also were a major problem. Many of them were just way to long and complicated.