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The Midnight Guardian (Millennial #1)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  249 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
It's 1938, and Hitler's tentacles have commenced their stranglehold on Europe. The Nazi empire will soon be purged of all "tainted" bloodlines…including vampires.

London's ancient tribunal of vampires is aghast at the destruction taking place on the Continent and resolves to send its five most formidable vampires— immensely powerful "millennials" who have lived more than a
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 13th 2009)
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Good lord that's a long blurb. Blurbal diarrhea. Anyway, DNF. The concept seems interesting enough. Anything about the European theater during World War II will catch my attention. Throw in vampires and I'm there. But the execution left much to be desired. It was just exceptionally slow-moving, a lot of contemplating on a train ride, talking at parties, and not much else. Frankly, I was bored. I don't like being bored reading a vampire book. Vampires aren't supposed to be boring. Yet authors con ...more
The debut novel, The Midnight Guardian by Sarah Jane Stratford is filled with historical facts woven into the storyline, and gives you a real sense of what the atmosphere must of been like in Germany before and during World War II in Europe, dreadful and gray feeling. Sarah Jane Stratford brings home the real horror of the travesties the Jewish went through in the hands of the Nazis and times before.

The vampires in The Midnight Guardian have been said to be similar to Anne Rice’s vamps and I hav
harlequin {Stephanie}
Please keep in mind this is a review of the first 80 pages. I counld not coerce or even trick myself into picking this up again.

I feel bad giving it one star since the writing was beautiful. It was the characters, relationship & story progression that have forced me to reduce to one star.

The story: To sum up we get a bit of back story and find out Brigit & Eamon are both cold blooded murdering vampires who are in passionate 'Romeo&Juliet' love. I don't hate the coldblooded angle, how
Feb 02, 2010 Karol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a riveting tale of millennial vampires who try to destroy the Nazis, a story that is full of fascinating historical detail such as the Viking invasion of England that leads to the genesis of the heroine, Brigantia, later Brigit, and the York pogrom that leads to the making of her lover, Eamon. The story unfolds like a mystery, moving back and forth in time, so that you are never once sure what will happen to Eamon who stays in England to fight and Brigit who goes with a core group of vam ...more
Lisa Paitz
Feb 18, 2011 Lisa Paitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW SUMMARY: A new take on the vampire with a kick-butt heroine too.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Alternate history vampires infiltrate Germany to stop The Third Reich.

PROS: Stratford's lush voice brings weight to a fantastical and potentially over-the-top alternate history story.
CONS: Stratford's lush voice might be too much work for some readers who expect a lighter treatment.
BOTTOM LINE: The Midnight Guardian breathes new life into the undead. I definitely enjoyed this book.

Even before being t
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Jan 05, 2010 Jenny / Wondrous Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
I don't normally read many adult novels, but every now and then, one will catch my eye. As soon as I knew that The Midnight Guardian mixed vampires and the Second World War -- two of my favourite subjects to read about -- I knew I had to give it a go. I'm so glad I did!

I love the vampire mythology of the Millennials, thousand-year-old vampires that are super strong and harder to kill. It takes a lot of hunting for me to find something different in the vampire genre, so I was pleasantly surprised
Jan 18, 2010 Lawral rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
This was a fun and engrossing read. It splits, very early on, into two storylines. One follows Brigit and the rest of the Millenial vampires, as they try to take down the emerging Nazi empire by infiltrating its ranks and/or seducing men in high places. Brigit is joined by Cleland, Mors, Swefred and Meaghan on her trip to Germany. It is only safe for vampires over a millennium old to voluntarily walk into a country quickly filling with vampire hunters. Swefred and Meaghan, together since the beg ...more
Kara Cardwell
I enjoyed this book. It was refreshing because it reminded me of a time before Twilight. Yes people there were vampire books before the Twilight saga. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Twilight series but I loved that this book really can’t be compared to it. When I first started reading this book, I had to adjust to the fact that this was an adult book and not YA. Since this is an adult book nothing had to be held back. There is definitely violence in this book but I thought the author worded all ...more
Jens Kuhn
Jan 15, 2010 Jens Kuhn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the plot of this novel when I first read about it on a blog about vampire books. I bought it as soon as it was out and I wasn't disappointed. The author perfectly combines the two genres I love the most, so I didn't really have a chance.

When I started reading it I at first did have some difficulties with the several timelines and frequent time-hopping. But that soon ceased when I got drawn into the world she created. The vampire characters are positively loveable (forget the C
Elizabeth Eslami
With its relentless tension, original characters, and cinematic imagery, Sarah Jane Stratford’s novel, The Midnight Guardian, casts an undeniable and unforgettable spell.

Deftly re-imagining our darkest period, Stratford introduces us to a fascinating group of millennial vampires grappling with their own role in history, from fearless leader Mors, who harbors a perpetual secret, to the enigmatic and enchanting Brigit, a modern feminist and seductress who knows her own heart, whether beating or s
Nov 22, 2010 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires fighting Nazis, at first for the good of their food supply (you know, people. yummy, yummy people) and then just because SRSLY Nazis are assholes. So yes, vampires attempting to undermine Nazis, and it all ties in with lovely bits of history, which is one of the coolest things about vampires, in my opinion, all that first person history! The author creates great vampire lore, the key for this book being that, once the first thousand years pass, a vampire gets even stronger and much much ...more
Jul 13, 2010 Levi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first the frequent timeline shifts are rather distracting and unwelcome. Eventually this begins to feel natural and works into semi-comfortable pattern as I knew more of what to expect. The setting is nearly perfect, Vampires vs Nazis. A battle anyone would practically welcome, although the vampires end up feeling like the good guys despite the fact that they are ultimately trying to protect their food supply. The characters really are somewhat believable despite the thousand plus year lifesp ...more
Feb 21, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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D. Eric
Feb 18, 2010 D. Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you not enjoy a book about Vampires versus Nazi's? SJ Stratford weaves haunting yet romantic tale of the "humane" side of vampires out to save themselves, as well as mankind,from the evil war machine of Hitler's Nazi Germany.

Aug 30, 2010 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale of fighting and eluding Nazis was told with a thriller's plotting and a fabulous twist. I loved the smart playful jabs about prejudice as it descends on our honorable, charming vampire heroine and other characters--like the gay vampires. Waiting for more from SJS....
Aug 03, 2010 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loooooooved it. Great suspense as far as the storyline goes. The characters were great too.
Rochelle Hart
Jan 28, 2011 Rochelle Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly brilliant! I hope there is a sequel!
Jen Deaderick
Jan 29, 2011 Jen Deaderick rated it liked it
Best book about Nazi-hunting vampires I've ever read!
Ben Babcock
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Rosu Aquabutts

- Beautiful, lush prose. Stratford has a real gift for making words into art. The narrative is honestly just stunningly gorgeous.
- Very interesting premise.
- Well thought-out world-building. I liked these vampires and their unique traits, the relationship between them and their demons, etc.

- Absolutely terrible focus. This book is about about sixteen different things and there's no cohesion between them. It's far too short to have the scope it wants to have and
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Tired of the usual vampire fare? Love books rich in history and atmosphere? If you answered yes to both of these questions,then The Midnight Guardian is most definitely for you! You can’t wade through urban fantasy titles without tripping over vampires,so when I find a book that takes the subject matter and turns it on its ear a bit,I get very excited. I’m also a sucker for historical fiction,so discovering this series was
When I picked up this book, I was expecting an all out action-fest with vampires battling Nazis as they try to get to Hitler to stop the war-but that is not what this book was about. Yes there were Nazis and vampires but it was not what I was expecting so I was a bit disappointed with it in some ways.

We have two story threads running which we switch between. We have 1938 when the five vampires are heading to Germany with plans to infiltrate the Nazis and create discord from within to stop their
Dec 09, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Midnight Guardian certainly has an intriguing premise. Set amid the Second World War, the vampires of Britain elect to interfere with the affairs of the humans in the hope of turning the tide in favour of England and its allies. There are some captivating parts to this novel, in particular the depth of the vampire's history and the background to their condition. Also, the way each vampires uses its different abilities to seduce their prey was fascinating and simlutaneously creepy. Despite th ...more
May 16, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 30's and 40's, the premise of The Midnight Guardian is vampires vs. Nazis. Awesome, right? I should enjoy reading this. Except the first 150 pages or so bored me some kind of terrible. A lot of it felt as if the writer had written the story, then gone back over it and used a thesaurus. The desire and attempt to be poetic in prose was there, but...not so much at times. I didn't care about any of the characters, any of the vampires, who all seemed incredibly one dimensional. I would rea ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
I won this book in a giveaway contest, thinking the plot sounded interesting (British vampires against the Nazis). Unfortunately, I don't think the full potential of the concept was ever realized.

Start with the cover: it has a typical modern urban fantasy cover with a woman in a black leather miniskirt, thigh-high boots, and a Matrix-style leather jacket, wielding a pair of swords. Problem #1 is that the story takes place primarily between 1938 and 1940...this was not exactly the style of the ti
Sep 13, 2011 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, there's this book about Nazis and vampires. List your expectations in your head. Are they like mine?

1. Lots of fun violence with Nazis being decapitated and eaten.
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2. Interesting ancient characters with a weird world view.
Actual book: (view spoiler)

3. Thrillingly tense situations and plenty of action.
Actual book: (view spoiler)

4. Good old Nazi stomping ala Indiana Jones.
Actual book:
This author must have liked the idea of having a major character who is a Jewish vampire, but not enough to think through the concept. The character exhibits no sign of his Jewish heritage in his thoughts or behavior, and he originally comes from an era where there was no such thing as a secular or cultural Jew. The deeply religious milieu that he came from should have some influence on his character. Half way through the book we get some of his early history, but the transition to thinking like ...more
Jesus Vel
Sep 14, 2013 Jesus Vel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, debo admitir que no creí que este libro me fuera a gustar tanto, no sé porque no ha llegado ha ser un best-seller, es un libro genial, una historia muy original, a mi jamás se me hubiera ocurrido mezclar nazis y vampiros. Es algo molesto tantos rompimientos de tiempo, pero esto hace que te den ganas de seguir y saber lo que pasa, ya que son dos historias paralelas que, llegado un punto, ya tienen sentido. Los personajes fueron geniales, la autora creo personajes simplemente fantásticos, en ...more
Lisa Richards
Vampires and Nazis and Blood oh My!
This is more of a 3 3/4 star book, just not quite a 4. It took me a while to get into this book, but I really hated to see it end once I did. For some reason I never completely forgot that I was reading a book and I feel that I have to in order for it to be a 5 star book. A lot of the storyline takes place in flashbacks and I didn't find this transition to be very smooth. It takes place during the beginning of WWII as the vampires take on the Nazis with their
Mar 09, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can be better than Vampires fighting along with Jews in order to stop Hitler during WII? Well I dare say nothing. However, this novels premise wasn't quite what I expected. The story centers on Bridget, a very old vampire from the Druid days of Ireland. She is called a Millennial because she is over 1,000 years old. Her and other Millennials have been chosen to help fight against the rise of Hitler. Though this sounds kind of adventurous and all, the motive behind the vampire's involvement ...more
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Sarah-Jane Stratford grew up in Los Angeles with a deep love of theatre and literature. After earning a bachelor's degree in history at UC Santa Cruz, she then obtained a master's degree in medieval history at the University of York in England, where she wrote a thesis about women in the manorial court system which gave her a new appreciation for the modern era.

On moving to New York, she wrote her
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