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TWELVE by Jasper Kent [Oct. 14th, 2008|04:24 pm]
Now, if you've been paying attention, you will recall that Jasper's debut novel of vampires in Napoleonic Russia was due for publication this month. However, Bantam UK spoke to the book trade about it, and the general response was that they would like to see it in January, rather than October (it's a good month - I published Robert Holdstock's first Merlin Codex novel, CELTIKA, on January 1 a few years ago, very successfully). So January 1 it is. Here is the wonderful cover image:

And here is the first review, from Infinitas, an Australian genre bookshop website:

"Russia is being invaded by Napoleon & the Grande Armee, and he's winning. Moscow is under threat, and the Russians are desperate. Then one of their officers asks a band of foreign mercenaries to help fight against the French, to turn the war around. When the mercenaries arrive, they get to work, but questions are soon being asked about the methods they use. Have you ever had a major problem, and thought that you'd found the solution, only to discover that the solution was worse than the original problem? What do you do when your mercenary vampire troops start hunting your own people as well as the enemy?

"A beautifully written historical fantasy, filled with narrative detail, depicting humanity at it's best & worst. The style is reminiscent of Alexander Dumas (Three Musketeers), influenced by Bernard Cornwell, particularly in regards to the historical detail & action scenes. Written in the first person narrative, you soon appreciate the prose style, and the personality of the main character, particularly the depictions of the life & moral choices faced. Whilst it seems somewhat Russian in tone at first, the author has written an engrossing & fascinating story which sucks the reader in quickly, and surrounds them with a clearly & vividly painted world where you find yourself identifying & sympathising with the characters and their lives."

Make a note of the date in your diaries...

From: (Anonymous)
2008-10-20 08:42 am (UTC)
But that means I can't have it for Christmas. Vampires are getting to be as common as flies on shit these days, but for some reason the concept of this book has really grabbed me and I want it. Now! :)
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[User Picture]From: jjarrold
2008-10-20 09:08 am (UTC)
I suspect that many shops will have January titles in stock before Christmas - they always have done. Go into your local shops and ask.
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