An ancient vampire born in the Carpathian Mountains journeys to Renaissance Florence in this novel by a Bram Stoker Award winner. In Paris during the reign of Louis XV, Le Comte de Saint-Germain was known as a wealthy, worldly, charismatic aristocrat, envied and desired by many but fully known to none. In fact, he was a vampire, born in the Carpathian Mountains in 2119 BCE, turned in his late thirties, and destined to roam the world forever, watching and participating in the drama of human civilization. Now, in Renaissance Italy, he will witness the collapse of the artistic and literary life in Florence after the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent, followed by the rise of the fanatical Girolamo Savonarola. From a World Fantasy Award winner, The Palace is a different kind of vampire novel-rich, atmospheric, and full of the sweep of history.