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Author: Jasper Kent
ISBN13: 978-1616142537
Title: Thirteen Years Later (Danilov Quintet)
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Language: English
Category: Fantasy
Publisher: Pyr (February 1, 2011)
Pages: 511

Thirteen Years Later (Danilov Quintet) by Jasper Kent

Thirteen Years Later book. Aleksandr made a silent promise to the Lord. Thirteen years ago, in 1812, Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov fought alongside a group of twelve highly-skilled Wallachians who called themselves the 'Oprichniki,' savage mercenaries who helped halt the advancement of French troops into Russia. But Danilov soon discovered that the group were actually 'voordalak' (vampires) and, believing them to be a greater threat to Russia and mankind itself, he systematically hunted and destroyed each and everyone one of them.

Thirteen Years Later is laid against the events leading up to the Dekabrist revolution in December 1825. For 13 years Russia has been at nominal peace. But a number of young officers who visited France during its Bonapartist years now dream of freeing Russia by forcing a constitution on the Autocrat. Czar Alexander, a reformer in his youth, now clings more tightly to his power and his vision of Holy Russia. But his greater fear is that a promise made and broken by Peter the Great himself will destroy him, his dynasty, and his country

Thirteen years later. His wife, the Tsaritsa Yelizaveta, would follow later in grander style. A small crowd of monks had gathered, and was now joined by the metropolitan. Aleksandr leapt nonchalantly on to the calèche and hid the pain it caused in his legs and back.

In Thirteen Years Later Jasper Kent provides us with the second of the five courses that make up the ral/fantasy banquet that is The Danilov Quintet. Russia has been at peace for a decade. Bonaparte is long dead and the threat of invasion is no more. Thirteen Years Later The Danilov Quintet: Book 2 . For Colonel Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, life is calm The Third Section The Danilov Quintet: Book 3 . After forty years of peace in Europe, war rages.

1825 – Europe and Russia have been at peace for ten years. For Colonel Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, life is peaceful. Not only have the French been defeated but so have the twelve monstrous creatures he once fought alongside, and then against, ten or more years ago. His duty is still to serve and to protect his tsar, Aleksandr the First. But now the one who was betrayed by the Romanovs has returned to exact revenge for what has been denied him. And for Aleksei, knowing this chills his very soul  . More books from this author: Jasper Kent. More books in this series: Danilov Quintet. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you'll love.

Jasper Kent (born 1968) is an English author and composer. As a composer his work is generally in the field of musical theatre and his novel series include the Danilov Quintet and the Charlie Woolf Mysteries. Born in Worcestershire, England, Jasper was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and read Natural Sciences (specializing in theoretical physics) at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.

Danilov Quintet 2). Jasper Kent. The French have been defeated, as have the twelve monstrous creatures he once fought alongside, and then against, all those years before. His duty is still to his tsar, Aleksandr the First, but today the enemy is merely human. But the tsar himself knows he can never be at peace.

Aleksandr made a silent promise to the Lord. 1825, and Russia has been at peace for a decade. For Colonel Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, life is calm.

Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire, England, in 1968. He attended King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and went on to study natural sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, specializing in physics. Jasper has spent almost twenty years working as a software engineer in the UK and in Europe, while also working on writing both fiction and music

1825 – Europe  and Russia have been at peace for ten years. Bonaparte is long dead and the threat of invasion is no more. For Colonel Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, life is peaceful. Not only have the French been defeated but so have the twelve monstrous creatures he once fought alongside, and then against, ten or more years ago. His duty is still to serve and to protect his tsar, Aleksandr the First.But now the one who was betrayed by the Romanovs has returned to exact revenge for what has been denied him. And for Aleksei, knowing this chills his very soul. For it seems the vile pestilence that once threatened all he believed in and all he held dear has returned, thirteen years later…
Reviews: 7
good addition to the series. Not as action packed as the first but still not a bad read overall. cant wait for the third
First book was great and I enjoyed this one as much as I did from first. This guy is a great writer. Don't miss it.
This is an excellent book. In fact, the whole series is just excellent. This series is a refreshing take on vampires in an age where they are friendly, glittery, attractive people; these vampires are gritty, real killers.
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"!
Since I felt that Jasper Kent's Twelve was the 2009 speculative debut of the year, I was quite excited to read the sequel, Thirteen Years Later. Regardless of their undeniable popularity, it's relatively easy to become jaded about the whole vampire fad. But the way Kent mixes up historical fiction and these bloodsuckers, well the results are something that keeps me coming back for more!

Here's the blurb:

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. He learned of a feud, an unholy grievance between Zmyeevich and the rulers of Russia, the Romanovs, 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 takes a different path. For he has a different agenda, he is to be the nightmare instrument of revenge on the Romanovs. But thanks to the valiant efforts of Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, this maverick monster would not be able to begin to complete his task until thirteen years later. Now that time has come: it is 1825 and Russia once more stands on the brink of anarchy, and this time the threat comes from within...

It's been thirteen years since the French invasion, and Jasper Kent takes us back to a Russia at peace. But it is a peace that doesn't satisfy everyone in the country. Once again, the author's flair and his eye for historical details create an evocative narrative which takes us through the events that led to the Decembrist uprising in St. Petersburg. As was the case with Twelve, Kent's depiction of 19th Century Russia feels genuine and his prose creates an imagery that makes you feel as though you were there.

Unlike Twelve, however, Thirteen Years Later is not limited solely by Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov's first person narrative. Although it worked well in the first volume, I doubt it would have been as successful in this sequel. Hence, in addition to Danilov's narrative, we see events unfold through the eyes of a number of other players, great and small, and I felt that their POVs added another dimension to this quality tale. Danilov remains a fascinating character, complex and flawed though he may be, and it was great to see how he had grown in the last decade or so, and how he remained true to himself. New point of view characters include Tsar Aleksandr, Danilov's son Dmitry, Domnikiia, and the child Tamara. All in all, Kent maintained a good balance between the various POVs, which made for an enjoyable reading experience.

The novel's only problem was the sluggish pace that plagues the first portion of the story. The entire storyline surrounding Aleksei Danilov's first few meetings with the mysterious Kyesha moves at a snail's pace which prevents the reader to fully get into the novel. Once Kyesha's identity and his reason for seeking out Aleksei are finally revealed, then the plotlines kick into high gear and the rhythm is no longer an issue. God knows there are enough revelations through the later portion of Thirteen Years Later to satisfy anyone. But I get the feeling that some people might find the beginning offputting and give up on the novel. No matter how slow the opening chapters are, keep going and you'll be rewarded with another engrossing read.

It's now obvious that Twelve offered us but a glimpse of the multilayered tale that the Danilov Quintet will turn out to be. In Thirteen Years Later, Jasper Kent lives up to the promise generated by his debut and demonstrates that he is for real.