Part historical adventure, part vampire thriller—the fourth dark and chilling chapter in the acclaimed Danilov Quintet, a masterpiece of alternative Russian history
Turkmenistan 1881: Beneath the citadel of Geok Tepe sits a prisoner. He hasn't moved from his chair for two years, hasn’t felt the sun on his face in more than 50, but he is thankful for that. The city is besieged by Russian troops and soon falls. But one Russian officer has his own reason to be here. Colonel Otrepyev marches into the underground jail, but for the prisoner it does not mean freedom, simply a new jailer; an old friend, now an enemy. They return to Russia to meet an older enemy still. In Saint Petersburg, the great vampire Zmyeevich waits as he has always waited. He knows he will never wield power over Tsar Aleksandr II, but the tsarevich will be a different matter. When Otrepyev delivers the prisoner into his hands, Zmyeevich will have everything he needs. Then all that need happen is for the tsar to die. But it is not only the Otrepyev and his captive who have returned from Geok Tepe. Another soldier has followed them, one who cares nothing for the fate of the tsar, nor for Zmyeevich, nor for Otrepyev. He has only one thing on his mind—revenge. And it's not just Zmyeevich who seeks the death of the tsar. Aleksandr's faltering steps towards liberty have only made the people hungry for more, and for some the final liberty will come only with the death of the dictator. They have tried and failed before, but the tsar's luck must desert him one day. Soon he will fall victim to a group that has vowed to bring the Romanov dynasty to a violent end—a group that calls itself The People's Will.
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Jasper Kent is the previous author of The Danilov Quintet, an acclaimed historical horror novel series which includes Twelve, Thirteen Years Later, The Third Section, The People's Will, and The Last Oprichnik. He has also written several musicals and short stories.Review:
"Truly unique, compelling, and thoroughly enjoyable . . . again the author delivers on all fronts . . . this series deserves the highest possible recommendation. Indeed, this should intrigue and satisfy even the most jaded genre fiction readers!" * FANTASYHOTLIST *
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