This is the second in Raven’s ‘Blood Riders’ trilogy, the first of which (‘Crimson Siege’) I reviewed here, and I enjoyed this one just as much as the previous. Given it is a sequel, I shall by usual necessity keep this review fairly brief, to avoid spoilers.
It picks up some little time after the events of the first book, and while the trilogy novels are, of course, connected, it seems that the tales can stand alone; the reader is brought up to speed very quickly on the backstory and anything they might need to understand – though I’d still recommend starting with the first.
The characterisation is strong, the world-building is solid, and the pacing shows Raven’s skill at both storytelling and creating a page-turner. It’s a little overwritten in places and sometimes the language choice seems out of place, but I can forgive those for a book with bite.
A darkly entertaining horror detective novel – but think more Dirty Harry than Hercule Poirot.
I look forward to reading the last instalment of the trilogy.
In 19th century Europe the most deadly vampire-killing weapon ever devised is up for grabs – and both the Undead and the living will stop at nothing to possess it…
It’s a legend, a fairy story parents tell frightened children to make them sleep. Basium Lucis – Daylight’s Kiss – the fabled compound that recreates sunlight in a bottle, and incinerates bloodsucking monsters on contact.
Vampire hunter Anton Yoska doesn’t believe in its existence or the whispered rumours of its creation by Leonardo Da Vinci 250 years before.
But when a mysterious Hungarian arts dealer claims to have uncovered the long-lost formula, Anton’s cynicism is shaken to the core as he is tasked to procure the pyrotechnic marvel for the Vatican’s centuries-old battle with the vampire sect known as the Brethren.
In a desperate race to beat nosferatu forces intent on destroying the wonder weapon, and cold-blooded gangsters who desire the Alchemist’s most prized invention for their own aggrandisement and riches, Anton is caught in a maelstrom of double dealing and lies..
Traps loom at every turn, and nothing is what it appears, but acquiring the Basium Lucis is the least of the his problems – for the ferocious Modjeski vampire family want retribution for his slaughter of their clan chief a year before. And old flame and rival slayer, Nadia, has her own devious plans to thwart Anton’s quest.
As time runs out and predators circle, the beleaguered hunter realises he’s been tricked into a suicide mission. But Anton Yoska won’t go down without a fight – and he doesn’t care who he takes to Hell with him.
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