Set in Russia in the 1820s, the chilling sequel to the acclaimed historical vampire novel, Twelve
Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire in 1968, studied Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and now lives in Hove, East Sussex.As well as writing The Danilov Quintet (his internationally acclaimed sequence of historical horror novels set in Russia) Jasper works as a freelance software consultant. He has also written several musicals.
Second in a projected quintet, this impressive historical-horror novel continues the action of Kent's Twelve (2010), in which Russian secret agent Aleksei Danilov defeated a band of vampires who were concealing their bloody rampage in the social chaos during Napoleon's 1812 invasion. Now a colonel in the Russian army, Aleksei has infiltrated a club of would-be revolutionaries who threaten the life of czar Aleksandr. Though sometimes verbose and melodramatic, this tale is strong enough to earn its length and passion. In particular, the focus deftly shifts between viewpoints to increase tension: as Aleksei's crafty human nemesis manipulates events, Aleksandr idly wonders who owns the yacht anchored near his vacation palace, and the master vampire rests aboard in his coffin and dreams of possessing all of Russia. Notably widening the first novel's scope, this book is hugely ambitious and largely successful. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Another brilliant evocation of early 19th century
Russia...compelling and convincing...Aleksei is one of the most
memorable, sympathetic protagonists to appear in modern fantasy
fiction...a masterpiece of alternative Russian history *
An ambitious novel that shows a writer determined to up the game * SFFWORLD *
Brilliantly weaving together history and family drama with supernatural horror, political intrigue, espionage and suspense * FANTASYBOOKCRITIC *
Jasper Kent lives up to the promise generated by his debut and demonstrates that he is for real * FANTASYHOTLIST *