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      Thirteen Years Later

      by Jasper Kent
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      • Publisher: Bantam Press
      • Publishing date: 12/04/2010
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780593060650
      • ISBN: 0593060652


      The chilling sequel to the Napoleonic historical vampire novel, Twelve.

      In the summer of 1812, before the Oprichniki came to the help of Mother Russia in her fight against Napoleon, one of their number overheard a conversation between his master, Zmyeevich, and another of their number. He learns of a feud, an unholy grievance between Zmyeevich and the Romanov dynasty that began a century earlier at the time of Peter the Great. Indeed, while the Oprichniki's primary reason for journeying to Russia is to stop the French, one of them — Iuda — is following a different agenda, for he is to be the instrument of revenge on the Romanovs.

      But thanks to the valiant efforts of Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, Iuda would not be able to begin to complete his task until thirteen years later. But now, in 1825, Russia once more stands on the brink of anarchy, and this time the threat comes from within.

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      • Something of a mish-mash (but fun, all the same!)
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        Jasper Kent's début novel "Twelve" was a well-paced action horror novel, set during the Napoleonic War in Russia in 1812. Its sequel, "Thirteen Years Later", is set, not surprisingly, in 1825, in the months leading up to the sudden and mysterious death of Tsar Alexander I and the subsequent so-called Decembrist Uprising. The protagonist (and narrator) of the first book, Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, is a now a Colonel in the Imperial Life Guards; his son, Dmitry, is about to follow his father into a military career, while Aleksei himself continues to juggle his time between serving his country, a home life with this wife and son in Saint Petersburg, and a mistress (and illegitimate daughter) in Moscow. The horrors he had to deal with thirteen years earlier are very much a matter of the past. Or at least so they seem, until the day he receives an enigmatic message that could only have come from someone he knows to be dead; someone whose corpse he himself buried all those years ago. Kent draws the early part of this story out with the same tantalising (or irritating, depending on how you view these things) slowness with which events unfolded in the earlier volume, although here he abandons the first person narrative in favour of a third person approach, allowing him to present the story from multiple angles, building the suspense and intrigue throughout the first half of the book. I couldn't help but feel, however, that the author loses his way a little in the second part of the book, vacillating between a desire to present historical fantasy and a need to present his readers with some action. As a consequence, neither are handled particularly convincingly, while the third-person narrative keeps the reader at a distance from the protagonist, losing a dimension as a consequence and failing to provide any insight, for example, into why Aleksei takes some of the somewhat silly decisions which he later comes to rue. In the comparatively short third and final part, the book draws to its conclusion, giving every impression of rushing after the slow and measured pace of the earlier parts. While this book is every bit as clichéd in its horror aspects as its fore-runner (and in many regards revels in this fact even more, at times taking itself far from seriously), those readers looking for a repeat of the first volume of this projected quintet of novels are likely to be disappointed, concentrating as it does much more on retelling (albeit with a fanciful slant) Russian historical events and dealing less with the fighting of monsters. It is also clearly setting up many opportunities for threads linking into the remaining three volumes and so, even though Aleksei's story is brought to completion here, the end of the book feels to be nothing more than a pause for breath in a longer, infinitely more complex, story arc. Personally, I rather liked the shift in emphasis, but I am sure it will disappoint many. Despite its flaws, however, the book remains an immensely enjoyable read. I for one am intrigued to learn how subsequent generations of the Danilov clan will take up the Mother Land's fight against the designs of the sinister Zmyeevich in the volumes still to come; roll on "The Third Section"!

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