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Jasper Kent

Jasper Kent(1968- )
Jasper Kent studied Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, specialising in physics. He has spent almost twenty years working as a software engineer in the UK and in Europe, whilst also working on writing both fiction and music. He currently lives in Brighton, with seven rats called Manjula, Lurleen, Dodo, Alecto, Nyssa, Isolde and Polly, and a person called Helen. Read an excerpt of Twelve at Jasper Kent’s website.

The Danilov Quintet

The Danilov Quintet — (2009-2014) Publisher: Zmyeevich had remained standing and now began to speak in very precise, but very formal and strangely accented French. His voice had a darkness to it that seemed to emit not from his throat but from deep in his torso. Somewhere inside him it was as if giant millstones were turning against one another, or as though the lid were being slowly dragged aside to open a stone sarcophagus… On 12th June 1812, Napoleon’s massive grande armee forded the River Niemen and so crossed the Rubicon — its invasion of Russia had begun. In the face of superior numbers and tactics, the imperial Russian army began its retreat. But a handful of Russian officers — veterans of Borodino — are charged with trying to slow the enemy’s inexorable march on Moscow. Indeed, one of their number has already set the wheels of resistance in motion, having summoned the help of a band of mercenaries from the outermost fringes of Christian Europe.Comparing them to the once-feared Russian secret police — the Oprichniki — the name sticks. As rumours of plague travelling west from the Black Sea reach the Russians, the Oprichniki — but twelve in number — arrive.Preferring to work alone, and at night, the twelve prove brutally, shockingly effective against the French. But one amongst the Russians, Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, is unnerved by the Oprichniki’s ruthlessness… as he comes to understand the true, horrific nature of these strangers, he wonders at the nightmare they’ve unleashed in their midst… Full of authentic historical detail and heart-stopping supernatural moments, and boasting a page-turning narrative, “Twelve” is storytelling at its most original and exciting.

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Twelve: Magnificently written and told, with great characters and villains

Twelve by Jasper Kent

CLASSIFICATION: Set in 1812 during the French invasion of Russia — specifically the Battle of Borodino, the capture and fires of Moscow, the retreat from Moscow, and the Battle of Berezina — with the primary antagonists being vampires, Twelve is much like the book describes itself... a vibrant blend of detailed historical fiction and heart-stopping supernatural horror. I was reminded of a cross between a Bernard Cornwell novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and “Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire.”

FORMAT/INFO: Twelve is 480 pages long divided over two Parts, thirty-two Roman-numbered chapters, and... Read More

Thirteen Years Later: A high level of excellence

Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent

CLASSIFICATION: Like its predecessor Twelve, Thirteen Years Later is a “vibrant blend of detailed historical fiction” and vampire horror. Think Bernard Cornwell meets Bram Stoker meets Anne Rice’s THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES meets Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire.

FORMAT/INFO: Thirteen Years Later is 500 pages long divided over three Parts, thirty-seven Roman-numbered chapters, a Prologue, and an Epilogue. Also includes a map, an Author’s Note, a Historical Note, a Selected Romanov Family Tree, and information on the Decembrists. Narration is in the third-person via Aleksei Ivanonvich Danilov — the star of Twelve, Aleksandr Pavlovich (the ... Read More

The Third Section: Weaker, works well as a bridge novel

The Third Section by Jasper Kent

PLOT SUMMARY: Russia, 1855.  After forty years of peace in Europe, war rages. In the Crimea, the city of Sevastopol is besieged. In the north, Saint Petersburg is blockaded. But in Moscow there is one who needs only to sit and wait — wait for the death of an aging tsar, and for the curse upon his blood to be passed to a new generation.

As their country grows weaker, a man and a woman — unaware of the hidden ties that bind them — must come to terms with their shared legacy. In Moscow, Tamara Valentinovna Komarova uncovers a brutal murder. It seems this is not the first killing of its kind, but the most recent in a sequence of similar murders that have been committed since 1812.

And in Sevastopol, Dmitry Alekseevich Danilov faces not only the guns of the combined armies of Britain and France, but must also make a stand against creatures that his father had thought buried beneath... Read More