Thirteen Years Later

The Danilov Quintet, #2

Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent is a historical paranormal military fiction. The book is set during 1825 which leads up to the mysterious death Tsar Alexander I of Russia and the Decembrist Uprising. Set thirteen years after Aleksei Danilov’s first encounter with the mysterious Twelve, Danilove now finds himself a Colonel in the Imperial Life Guards with a complicated life, but convinced everyone is safe from the Twelve. Unfortunately, someone has returned for revenge for a broken promise and Danilov finds that the vampires have returned to threaten all he holds dear. For those who have read the first novel, the sequel differs from its predecessor as the author has shifted from writing in first person narrative to a third person narrative. The change allows for the reader to see more events, people and items that would’ve been limited by using first person, but at the same time, the readers have lost a bit of a view into why Danilov feels or makes certain. The beginning starts very slow, but then the pace picks up quickly.

This is recommend for those who like historical novels but heavy on reinterpreting history with a minor paranormal twist or has a fascination with Russia. Also recommend for fans of the first book as there are lots of revelations in the latter half of the book to satisfy. I give it 4 stars for being an entertaining read. Recommend. 

Book Blurb for Thirteen Years Later

Aleksandr made a silent promise to the Lord. God would deliver him--would deliver Russia--and he would make Russia into the country that the Almighty wanted it to be. He would be delivered from the destruction that wasteth at noonday, and from the pestilence that walketh in darkness--the terror by night...

1825, Europe--and Russia--have been at peace for ten years. Bonaparte is long dead and the threat of invasion is no more. 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 more years ago. His duty is still to serve and to protect his tsar, Aleksandr the First, but now the enemy is human.

However the Tsar knows that he can never be at peace. Of course, he is aware of the uprising fermenting within the Russian army--among his supposedly loyal officers. No, what troubles him is something that threatens to bring damnation down upon him, his family and his country. The Tsar has been reminded of a promise: a promise born of blood...a promise that was broken a hundred years before.

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...

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 4.00