It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be to find books set in Hungary - that I had access to, for my 2016 Summer Olympics Reading Challenge.
Radiant Days, Micheal Fitzgerald. The strength of this novel is definitely it's vivid description of Hungary & Croatia, as well as the depth of all the characters - flaws & all. There was also the not-so-subtle jab at how some Americans have it so good that they complain about dumb things - like making a lot of money at a boring job - compared to people who have justifiable reason to complain - try living in a war zone. (My Discussion | Amazon| Goodreads)
The Countess, Rebecca Johns. This book is a fictionalized memoir of a real life Hungarian countess who came to be known as "the blood countess" on account of the many murders of young servant girls attributed to her. It was incredibly detailed, not only about the life of the countess, but also with the imagery of the Hungarian landscape & about the political turmoil occurring during this time period. But it felt like when it came to the murders, the book didn't put much of an emphasis on this at all - and honestly, that's what I wanted to read about. (My Discussion | Amazon| Goodreads)
The Angel Makers, Jessica Gregson. This book is incredible - and the fact that it's based on a true story is just bananas! It's compelling, intriguing, well written and did a fantastic job of communicating what the lives of the women were like before their husbands went off to war - in a rural village, where the pickings for a mate are slim; and how freedom, once tasted & then taken away - can push people to the edge. But, the ending seemed a little convenient & contrived. (My Discussion | Amazon| Goodreads)
The Darkest Night, Gena Showalter. I really liked the premise of this novel about (almost) immortal warriors, each saddled with a demon they released from Pandora's Box. The plot & pacing were wins for me, as were the characters. I would have liked to see more depth & detail throughout the book though - perhaps the pace was a bit too frenetic so there were many things mentioned with little or no explanation. (My Discussion | (Amazon| Goodreads)
Unfortunately, none of the books I've read so far, are by a Hungarian author, so I'm still on the lookout. But I'm being a bit picky and sticking to books I think I will like - not just ones that are critically acclaimed.