I am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Crimson Siege today. I have a review of the book for you, and if you are a fan of horror and vampires then this might be a book for you.
I have been a fan of vampires since my school days, when I read and fell in love with the novel Dracula and it’s probably no surprise I have read a number of vampire novels since then. So you can imagine how happy I was to be asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour for Crimson Siege… so on with my review.
Title: Crimson Seige
Author: Jay Raven
Author Bio: Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house beside a 500-acre wood teeming with bats may have something to do with it.
Synopsis: In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…
But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.
A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.
The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.
For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…
Categories: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
Publication Date: 22nd May 2018
Content Warnings: Off page rape of a female vampire – fairly graphic detail of the aftermath, there are also a couple of instances of vampires using psychic powers to coerce women into sex. As you would expect with a vampire horror, there is lots of violence and blood.
Review: I knew I was going to like this book after reading the synopsis and I was instantly drawn in to the world that the author has created. I loved the changing points of view it really helped keep the pace of the novel fast. As the events of Crimson Seige take place over just a few days, it’s so easy to get caught up in this furious battle between Anton and the Vampires.
I really loved the world that Jay created, but I wish that there was a little more background on the earlier war that humans won. I loved following Kristina as she was a wonderfully vivid vampire matriarch, and I would love to read more about her background/history. I really loved Jay’s take on vampire lore and their psychic links to one another and I can’t wait to explore this in future books.
There were a lot of vivid and well developed characters, and I loved that there where enough twists and turns that you didn’t know who was going to be alive at the end of the book, nor what your favourite character might do next, each character was unique and flawed. I found Anton, Quintz, Kristina and Irina particularly interesting. I loved that Crimson Siege really makes is clear that it is not just vampires who have the capacity to be monstrous but humans as well.
As I have said above, the events take place over a few days and I found that once I started reading I really did not want to put Crimson Seige down, I read it over a couple of days. The book is full of scheming and manipulative characters so as you might imagine the plot has a number of twists and turns.
If you like vampires and horror then I would recommend Crimson Siege, it’s a fast paced and bloodthirsty vampire tale and I can’t wait to read on in the series. If you like the sound of Crimson Siege, it’s available on Amazon or as part of a Kindle Unlimited Subscription if you have one.
You can find Jay over on his website, and on Facebook and Twitter.
I received a copy of Crimson Siege for the blog tour, however all opinions and words are my own, with the exception of the synopsis and the author bio – shown above in italics.