Source: received from Transworld Publishers
Autumn, 1812, Napoleon’s triumphant Grande Armee continues its relentless march into Russia. City after city has fallen and now only a miracle can keep the French from taking Moscow itself.
In a last, desperate act of defiance, a group of Russian officers enlist the help of twelve mercenaries who claim they can turn the tide of the war. It seems an impossible boast but it soon becomes clear that these strangers from the outer reaches of Christian Europe are indeed quite capable of fulfilling their promise… and more.
But the fact that so few seem able to accomplish so much unsettles one of the Russians, Captain Aleksei I vanovich Danilov. As winter closes in, he begins to comprehend the true, horrific nature of the twelve and the nightmare he has unwittingly helped to unleash…
I am a sucker for any historical fiction, so I thought this book would be right up my street and it was in parts. I loved the first 50 pages, which were basically a huge historical lesson on Russia. The plot was filled with twists and turns that keep the reader engaged in the story.
The vampires in the book are the good old fashion ones that I love. They are evil, sadistic and burn in sunlight. I found this to be a nice change to the way vampires are portrayed in modern novels. The vampires work well within the context of the story and add a lot of character to the novel.
The novel was well researched; all the battles and tactics were researched and described beautifully. I always think it says a lot about the author when their novel is so well researched that the reader can see the events unfold before their eyes.
I loved the cliffhanger at the end of the book and it has been left open for a sequel, which I will read. Overall this was a well researched novel that keeps the reader engaged through out. I look forward to reading the sequel.
A copy of this novel was received from Transworld Publishers and all opinions are my own through reading it.