Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Title: Crimson Siege
Series: Blood Riders Book One
Author: Jay Raven
Genre: Gothic horror/ vampire
Publication Date: 22nd May 2018

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…

Author Warning - The book has strong adult themes and content as fits the genre, and contains swearing, sexual content and violence.

My Review:

Former vampire hunter, Anton Yoska, is caught between a rock and a hard place when his one-time comrade, now turned bounty hunter, and his rag-tag team capture an important vampire and deliver him to Anton.
Should he do his duty and keep the vampire under lock and key until he can be tried for his crimes or save himself, and his friends, by handing him over to his aristocratic family. Either way, blood will be spilt!
The characters were well-developed, and each had a unique and flawed personality.
Crimson Siege is a well-written, action-packed gothic tale with plenty of surprising twists and turns to keep you guessing. An entertaining and riveting read which, though it has its fair share of betrayal, brutality and blood, I didn't find it especially scary.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Author Bio:

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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