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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    From the very beginning, this book blew me away! The introducto

    From the very beginning, this book blew me away! The introductory fable set the tone well, and the rest of the novel lived up to it. The characters were well developed, and I especially liked the main character, from whose point of view the story is told. The author uses the vampires skillfully, making them central to the story but not the complete story. I actually loved how the book read more as an historical military novel with an intriguing mystery than a horror story. I also admired the pacing of the story, the interactions of the various characters, the vibrant descriptions of settings, and the background on Napolean's campaign into Russia. One of the best books I've read recently. I will certainly read the rest of this series.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

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    This is a fascinating historical vampire thriller

    In 1812, Napoleon's army marches closer and closer to Moscow. Nothing seems to slow down the inevitable. Four Russians are dispatched to obtain help from a dirty dozen mercenaries to hassle the French in order to slow down the encroachment; they agree.

    However, two of the Russians Aleksei and Dimitry soon debate whether they made a deal with the devil when the twelve beasts attack civilians; drinking their blood. Aleksei feels these vampires must be destroyed as they harm the populace; Dimitry claims they are allies hurting the French as much as the peasants. As his friend insists the end of stopping Napoleon justifies the mean of deploying vampires even as the undead cause collateral damage without a second thought, Aleksei internally ponders how to rid Russia of the twelve when even his mistress wants to become one of them.

    This is a fascinating historical vampire thriller as Jasper Kent places Napoleon's devastating wintry march into Moscow within a horror setting. The vampires are a bloodthirsty lot who do not delineate when it comes to a French or Russian morsel when dining on humans; a lesser species on the food chain. Aleksei is an intriguing character whose conscience has him deeply disturbed with what they wrought. Although he can overdo his internal debate, readers will enjoy this terrific horror thriller as vampires turn the snow red.

    Harriet Klausner

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