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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…
Although I really enjoyed the general story in this novel, there was a lack of world building. I found that you were thrown into this fight against the vampires without any explanation as to why this was happening. I really would have liked to understand more behind the history of why this “war” of sorts was occurring. I found myself well into the book still asking “but, why?”
The story was also told alternating chapters between groups, this was a good way of doing it because there were so many characters that is helped to keep them straight as you could tell who was who by which group was the focus, although I would have liked more depth of the characters. There were so many of them that we got to dive into the back story of some of them like Quintz with his circus background and Anton with his dark secrets, but I would have liked to know more about some of the other characters.
I had this book described to me as a horror when I first received it, but I would definitely describe it more as a gothic fantasy. It may have been lacking in some depth and description but all in all it was a very enjoyable read! I would definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy who want something a little darker for a change.
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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 on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.
Crimson Siege is Best Served with
a Vampire’s Kiss
- 2oz Raspberry Vodka
- 2oz Chambord Raspberry Liqeur
- 2oz Cranberry Juice
- Fill shaker full of ice
- Pour in all ingredients
- Shake until chilled