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*Please Note: This audiobook is narrated with a synthetic voice.

The Viscount's Son

Dracula meets The Da Vinci Code

What happens when a passion for history becomes a gateway to ancient evils? Emma is about to find out…

Immersed in a project to translate an ancient diary on her blog, Emma, a professional history buff, stumbles into a world more enigmatic with each entry. But as her own life spirals into uncanny parallels, she begins to wonder what unseen powers are at play.

When a charismatic stranger steps into her life, Emma is drawn deeper into the mysteries the diary holds. As her world becomes increasingly intertwined with the diary’s chilling tale, she faces a pressing question: has she unleashed an unspeakable evil?

Caught in a web of ancient secrets and deadly deceptions, Emma must decide whether to end her project before it's too late. But can she even escape the sinister forces she has unearthed?

If you love the gothic allure of Dracula and the gripping suspense of The Da Vinci Code, The Viscount’s Son is your next unputdownable read. Enter a world where history holds deadly secrets to unravel Emma’s fate.

The Unholy Trilogy:

Book One: The Viscount’s Son (Novelette)

Book Two: The Earl’s Daughter (Novel)

Book Three: The Pharaoh’s Mistress (Novel)

Praise for the Rise of the Dark Ones trilogy – What readers are saying...

★★★★★ "You will not be able to put it down."

★★★★★ "The best Vampire lore I've read since Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles."

★★★★★ "Thrilling, Haunting & Fascinating!"

★★★★★ “Not the usual vampire story.”

★★★★★ "The twist is so huge it leaves you reeling."

★★★★★ "An awesome vampire novel."

★★★★★ "Be prepared to get creeped out!"

★★★★★ "The first series in a long time that I hated to get to the end of."

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Reader Reviews (from Aderyn's book shop & Goodreads)

Winter R.

4 months ago


Thrilling, Haunting & Fascinating!

Kristi H.

4 months ago

Good vampire story

I liked this short book a lot. I was looking for something different (still am) and was intrigued by the cover of this and decided to read it without reading the blurb. The guy on the cover sold me on it and that it was a vampire book made it even better. I was long overdue for a good vampire trope.

Emma is a book conservator for a museum and is on a job of doing some sort of cataloging of some medieval soldiers or something when her coworker is handed a diary from that same era and thinks it's fake. Emma wants to check it out. She has to do it in her free time because her boss doesn't care about it, either. She interprets it and posts her findings on her blog.

Meanwhile, a mystery man comes into her life who turns out to be much more than just a mere hot guy. To say anymore would mean spoilers and I don't want to ruin this for anybody else.

This was written in first person point of view, was interesting, entertaining, and made me want more. No cliffhangers, thank God, but I will probably read the rest of the series.

Suzi L.

4 months ago

Deliciously Chilling

The novella: less commitment than a full novel but more developed and satisfying than a short story. I've long thought it the ideal genre for the Kindle generation. So, I was excited to stumble across this one and was sufficiently intrigued by it's paranormal promise to buy it .

And I'm glad I did because it's a terrific read.

The author brings the novella bang up-to-date by structuring it as a blog. But soon we are a listening to two distinct voices. We follow chatty, optimistic Emma, a museum conservationist, as she translates from the Latin, an obscure 16th century diary.

While the voice of the diarist - a man only identified as N.C. - is both despairing and menacing as his story takes us to a very dark place.

The textural and tonal contrasts between these two are deftly handled and so rewarding for the reader.

The final twist is deliciously chilling.


4 months ago

Good story

This was a really good story and I enjoyed reading it! The characters are well developed (my pet peeve!) and interesting. The story world was interesting and believable. The writing flowed smoothly along and kept me engrossed in the story. I definitely recommend it!

I received a free copy of this book via StoryOrigin and am voluntarily leaving a review.


4 months ago


I almost read this in one session. But I really had to get some sleep. It's an interesting and well written story happening in the modern world and the 16th century.

Emma works at a museum, she translates an old diary written in latin, which her colleagues assume to be a fake, but she is drawn into the story. The writer is a mysterious man who lived in a famous but unnamed city (somehow I had to think of Cologne). Emma writes a blog about her findings and her own life gets more and more sucked up into it.
What I liked was the alternate telling of the story in the first person, Emmas blog on one hand and embedded in it the story of N.C., who falls in love with a gypsy woman. And that the style is so different from the other books by Aderyn Wood I've read. Awesome how versatile her writing is!

The story reminds me of my favourite Johnny Depp movie: The Ninth Gate