Good evening everyone I’m handing over to the lovely Kirsty for the last time *sniff* to share her review of Crimson Seige by Jay Raven. Kirsty has now started her own blog so please do show your support and follow her!
Crimson Seige is available now in ebook and paperback. The ebook is currently only £1.99. You can purchase your copy of both here.
Before I share Kirsty’s review with you here is a little bit about the book.
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…
This is a bit of a change of pace for me, I have read many different styles of ‘vampire’ books but most are paranormal romance – this is most definitely not that! This is written in the style of Gothic Horror (think Dracula), I have to say I wouldn’t personally call it horror, I wasn’t kept awake at night and didn’t find it that scary but I did love the writing style and I think Jay Raven has replicated this genre incredibly well. He has also reworked the classic take on the vampire and for the better I think, I enjoyed this ‘new’ version and their abilities.
The book starts with a series of seemingly unrelated events that quickly collide to reveal the bigger story at play. And what a cast of characters to play it out! There are constant power plays going on between them and you’re never sure who is going to come out on top. The characters are pretty much all introduced very early on in the book and straight away it is clear there is far more to them than what appears on the surface. Anton was particularly interesting to me, he clearly has a very dark past and glimpses of it are given to you like puzzle pieces, I have to say I didn’t manage to work out the full puzzle, I love that in a book.
I have to say my allegiance to the two waring fractions changed throughout the book. I was never sure who’s side I was one. There is a really interesting conversation around the dining room table, instigated by Pavel (this character I really warmed to), that really made me wonder who the ‘bad guys’ were. Both sides have forged strong alliances either through blood or friendship, so just who is in the wrong?
The tension in the second half of the book really holds you and encourages you to read faster to find out how the whole thing is going to play out. The action is great, it is bloody and gory but not unnecessarily so for this type of book. The story is mostly wrapped up but Jay has left plenty of avenues open for the further books, which I am really looking forward to.
Many thanks to the publishers and Rachel at Rae resources for a copy of the book for an honest review.
About The Author:
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.