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Thirteen Years Later (Danilov Quintet 2) by Jasper Kent
Bantam Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553819595
Date: 06 January 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Jasper Kent's début novel Twelve, a vampire story set during the Napoleonic wars in Russia was, I thought, very much a triumph. One of the few books in recent years to offer up a refreshingly new take on a well trodden trope. Now Kent is back with a sequel entitled Thirteen Years Later, which takes place... well, I'd hate to give anything away!

This is the mass market paperback edition published by Bantam.

"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..."

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