Crimson Siege – Blood Riders Book One.

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…

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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.

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My Thoughts

Having been a huge fan of vampire books I can say that I was getting tired of the same old style and that they just weren’t cutting it for me.

This book was anything but the boring old routine of vampires. Set in Transylvania which for a book with vampires is a bit cliche but It worked. I think the names don’t do this book justice.

The main character Anton Yoska is a powerful man who is relegated to an obscure area where he is the Marshall and has very few deputies. He seems to have a caring nature as he doesn’t always follow the orders of his crown prince.

Milosh Drubrick is a character I didn’t like at all as he had no compassion and is utterly viscous who kills without compunction.

Stefan Modjeski a vampire so evil you have to hate him. He kills for the base pleasure of the hunt. While he hunts to survive he enjoys it way to much. Very capable of any atrocity you could think of. One word describes him Monster.

Kristina Modjeski the mother per se of Stefan is desperate as he is a prisoner and she is the strongest of the nosferatu. She is out to seek revenge on those who captured her son and tortured him.

The story itself was entertaining and finished it fairly quickly as it kept me enthralled much like with the crazy mind powers.

However this won’t be for everyone especially if you are used to sparkly vampires who charm everyone they meet and are vegetarian. Sorry this isn’t that type of book and shows vampires for what they truly are. Soulless, merciless and completely devoid of the compassion towards anyone other than those they sired.

I felt sorry for Kristina to a point in this book as she wanted to have her son back and would do anything to ensure that. Time will tell how the horde of vampires will handle what happened ad who will lead them aagainst the humans who destroyed a very large part of them.

I look most to see what Tomas will be in the next book as I can see him becoming a lot more than what he is.

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