Today on my blog I have a Review of Crimson Siege – Blood Riders Book One by Jay Raven
In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…
But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.
A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.
The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.
For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…
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Author Bio –
Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house beside a 500-acre wood teeming with bats may have something to do with it.
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It has certainly been a long time since I have read a horror and this certainly didn’t disappoint. It was a nice change from the chick – lit and other genres I seem to be reading recently. This was fast paced, edge of seat, gripping, and sometimes disturbing, but in my opinion it’s not a good horror if you haven’t got something sick, twisted and disturbing lurking around.
Obviously teen vampires and Dracula etc have been done to death but this was a whole new take on a vampire story. This is set in the time of werewolves and vampires in Transylvania. But definitely not in the traditional sense. Wonderfully written and didn’t hang around, you were quickly transported to the next scene and character.
We are introduced to a lot of characters, each and every one of them very different and for that reason it is very difficult to single any of them out. With Anton, I felt there was always something bubbling beneath the surface. Milosh, I wasn’t a fan of, but for me it’s the sort of person he is. Irina, a bit sick and twisted, always trying to seduce the men in her life and others. Quintz, quite comical if you ask me and the list of characters goes on and on….
I really enjoyed this welcome change and would certainly recommend it to others that like reading horror. I’m looking forward to the next instalment and can’t wait to pick it up. No spoilers as normal, but there’s certainly one hell of a twist in it too!
I’m going to give this book a well deserved 4/5 rating.
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