5 stars I enjoyed it better than the first, or maybe I simply got accustomed to the narrative style It is, however, still too long and slow paced Fortunately, the plot is complex and the setting as good as in book 1 The idea of Heaven on earth brings with it, inescapably, the concept of the final destruction of earth.
After a not so bright review of Twelve, I wasn t sure what I would think of Kent s next piece Thirteen Years Later At least I can say definitely it was by all means better than its predecessor The internal monologues while still present were much succinct and didn t detract too much from the action, which was also less clich d and showed storytelling skill then before 13 has its faults The first hundred pages are spent catching up from last novel we already worked out that some time had passed OK and the flow of the plot was a little jerky between part s two and three it felt like the individual vampire story was being stretched out in order to fit with the historical drama In saying that the historical part of this historical fiction is absolutely brilliant Slotting vampires into history is perhaps no original than idiot s attempts to claim famous historic figures as followers of The Secret or as Asberger s sufferers at least the latter might be true , but Kent s techniques are fresh and interesting Not surprisingly certain villainous characters make a reappearance in 13, and Kent realising that we know what he plans doesn t try to pretend that said character will be returning again Something that struck me as strange however is the character closing epilogue that finishes the novel Hard to explain without a little spoilage, but basically our main character lives out the rest of his life out with no triumph whatsoever I didn t necessarily expect to have Aleksei as a recurring central character for an entire five part epic fantasy but I was surprised to see him effectively taken out of the game, with no of a win than getting to be with his girlfriend I am definitely hooked though bring on the next one.
Europe And Russia Have Been At Peace For Ten Years Bonaparte Is Long Dead And The Threat Of Invasion Is No For Colonel Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, Life Is Peaceful Not Only Have The French Been Defeated But So Have The Twelve Monstrous Creatures He Once Fought Alongside, And Then Against, Ten Or Years Ago His Duty Is Still To Serve And To Protect His Tsar, Aleksandr The FirstBut Now The One Who Was Betrayed By The Romanovs Has Returned To Exact Revenge For What Has Been Denied Him And For Aleksei, Knowing This Chills His Very Soul For It Seems The Vile Pestilence That Once Threatened All He Believed In And All He Held Dear Has Returned, Thirteen Years Later Thirteen Years Later ReviewCan a novel be both enjoyable and frustrating Good and bad If so, then Thirteen Years Later is a prime example There were many things to recommend it but also several that could have been executed far better The characters were one of the positives This time Kent chose to tell his story from multiple points of view which let us get to know characters such as Aleksei s son Dmitry All of the characters were well drawn and interesting I particularly liked Kyesha and felt he could have been put to better use in the end Kent spent quite a bit of the book focusing on the mystery of who he was and what he wanted with Alexei, yet this part of the story held far less importance than some of the later developments which seemed rushed Perhaps this is the real problem with the book its pacing The first half of the book is tense, but quite leisurely in pace Kent allows the tension to build The second half seems to rush from one incredulous discovery to the next with barely enough time for the reader to digest what is happening There was at least one scene that seemed contrived with a character s act of stupidity I can find no other word for it being the only thing that allows the author to carry on with his tale And yet despite all of these things, I enjoyed Thirteen Years Later It was fresh, it was original and it was a jolly good tale Kent s vampiric law is interesting, drawing from both the old and his own original ideas He also attempted to explain some of the vampire characteristics through various characters discoveries The ending, again, was both good and bad In many ways it was believable but I had hoped for something better for Alexei All in all I will look forward to Kent s next instalment to find out just who will be reappearing.
As much as I loved Twelve , I enjoyed Thirteen Years Later just as much, if not , and if Jasper Kent can continue this excellence in the remaining sequels, then I strongly believe that The Danilov Quintet will end up being one of the best vampire series I have ever read This is a second book of a series and I doubt starting from a middle will help the readers I read the second of second novel the titled book and found it difficult to follow the events that happened 13 years before the story which has taken place in the first novel of the series.
This, by the way, is a mixed genre novel of horror, fantasy, thriller, paranormal, history etc etc My problem was, I didn t like when history shows vampires Then I found it somewhat irritating when a writer is trying multi tasks presenting history in a fantasy while attempting to show some action Then on top of it all, the story was clich d in its horror aspects.
So I guess, it s not my type of book.
I enjoyed Twelve and enjoyed Thirteen Years Later just as much The plot was intriguing and not easy to predict what was going to occur next The ending was a little rushed but over all a good story.
For some reason the author decided that everything that happened in this book needed to be described for 3 to 5 pages Talk about padding that no one asked for.
As the title might suggest, this sequel to Twelve is set thirteen years after the first, in 1825.
Things have moved on a little here, not only for the reason that Jasper has again chosen a key event of Russian history After Napoleon I s retreat from Russia in 1812 in Twelve, this time we are focusing on the tsar of Russia, Aleksandr I, his mysterious death in 1825 and the subsequent revolution of the Decemberists.
The tale also develops from the first mainly through the character of Alexsei and his son Dmitry, living in St Petersberg after the retreat of Napoleon from Russia Mysterious writing around St Petersberg in a code only Alexsei and his old comrades know, is starting to appear Moreover his old adversary, Iuda, who was allied with the vampires, seems to have reappeared There are complications In this tale Alexsei meets Kyesha, who is a vampire claiming to be the brother of Maksim killed in Twelve The advent of a mysterious book belonging to the equally mysterious Richard L Cain, F.
, covered in living vampire flesh, leads Alexsei to an audience with Tsar Alexandr and ultimately much bigger consequences With a bigger canvas, the tale becomes better The book shows development in writing as well as style from Twelve The novel starts slowly, a little too slowly for some, perhaps, as we are reintroduced to characters and introduced new ones as well as catching up with the changes to Russia between 1812 1825.
Perhaps most interestingly is the fact that we see from the vampire s viewpoint this time around This gives the writer the chance to build up the backstory of the Oprichniki mercenaries and enrich the tale by examining events we have seen from Alexsei s perspective now from other s view This is also managed because, unlike the first person point of view of Twelve, this is third person, and consequently has a greater variety of viewpoints As a result, the tale has a wider view than Twelve We also see of the world as we travel from St Petersburg to Taganrog Aleksandr s Winter palace to Moscow Such is the depth of worldbuilding that the book manages to both explain the complex political and social background in these settings as well as combine with an engaging plot.
Clearly the surviving characters from Twelve have grown here Alexsei in particular has changed into what at first appears to be a cautious man He has concerns over his families, both his wife Marfa and his son Dmitry in his traditional family and the daughter Tamara he has had with his mistress Domnikiia Yet as events unfold, of the old Alexsei of Twelve appears As crises develop, Alexsei makes a stand, set around the Decemberist Revolution and puts himself and his family at risk whilst performing his duties for the Tsar.
More so than in Twelve, the plight of the vampires is dealt with sympathetically Here the vampires are less feared and pitied, though they are still very scary when they need to be Interestingly, Iuda s relationship with the vampires is not what was originally thought in the previous novel.
The ending is suitably exciting and enigmatic There is another showdown between Alexsei and Iuda that will no doubt lead to developments in the next novel This one worked better for me than the last, I m pleased to type This is an ambitious novel that shows a writer determined to up the game As the bar is raised again, I m going to be interested to see where the series goes next Mark Yon, May June 2010 A Russian spy during 19 century tsarist Russia during the Decemberist Revoltand Vampires YUP8.