Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Reading bet Reviewing

Dear Readers,

Some of you may have been a bit disappointed because there was no review on last Sunday. I was really willing to finalize one of my outstanding reviews. And then it happened:
Reading bet Reviewing !!

What does this mean? Instead of writing the review (no, don't tell you which book) I spent my time reading the second book in the in the Danilov Quintet series: Thirteen Years Later (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0553819595] by Jasper Kent.
"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."

What a great, great read! This is definitely a more than worth sequel of Twelve. The mix of historical facts of Russian history, supernatural horror and personal fate is simply brilliant. I have been emotionally touched by Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov's fate. I needed to know how it would end.

There was no way out. As soon as I finished
Thirteen Years Later I ordered a copy of The Third Section (tpb, September 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0593065372].
"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 brother and sister -- each unaware of the other's existence -- must come to terms with the legacy left them by their father. In Moscow, Tamara Valentinovna Lavrova uncovers a brutal murder and discovers that it is not the first in a sequence of similar crimes, merely the latest, carried out by a killer who has stalked the city 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 the earth, thirty years before." [Source]
The whole is generation-spanning. In the first two books we followed Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov.
Book three is about his daughter
Tamara Valentinovna Lavrova and his son Dmitry Alekseevich Danilov. It will be interesting to see which Danilov generation we will face in book four and five.

I highly recommend to read the extraordinary
Danilov Quintet series.

On April 13th 2011 Mihai the Dark Wolf posted his interview with Jasper Kent over at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews.

Don't forget to visit the official Jasper Kent site

The review of
Thirteen Years Later will be delivered within April 2011.

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