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Preview — Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent
Thirteen Years Later
Aleksandr made a silent promise to the Lord. God would deliver him -- would deliver Russia -- and he would make Russia into the country that the Almighty wanted it to be. He would be delivered from the destruction that wasteth at noonday, and from the pestilence that walketh in darkness -- the terror by night.
1825, Europe -- and Russia -- have been at peace for a decade.
In many ways, this novel is better written than the first one, w ...more
Things have moved on a little here, not only for the reason that Jasper has again chosen a key event of Russian history. After Napoleon I’s retreat from Russia in 1812 in Twelve, this time we are focusing on the tsar of Russia, Aleksandr I, his mysterious death in 1825 and the subsequent revolution of the Decemberists.
The tale also develops from the first mainly through the character of Alexsei and h ...more
At least I can say definitely it was by all means better than its predecessor. The internal monologues while still present were much more succinct and didn’t detract too much from the action, which was also less clichéd and showed more storytelling skill then before.
13 has its faults. The first hundred pages are spent catching up from last novel (we already worked out that some ti ...more
Can a novel be both enjoyable and frustrating? Good and bad? If so, then Thirteen Years Later is a prime example. There were many things to recommend it but also several that could have been executed far better.
The characters were one of the positives. This time Kent chose to tell his story from multiple points of view which let us get to know more characters such as Aleksei’s son Dmitry. All of the characters were well drawn and interesting.
I particularly liked Ky ...more
This, by the way, is a mixed genre novel of horror, fantasy, thriller, paranormal, history etc etc. My problem was, I didn't like when history shows vampires! Then I found it somewhat irritating when a writer is tr ...more
The idea of Heaven on earth brings with it, inescapably, the concept of the final destruction of earth.
I have to say I am impressed.
In comparison to previous book in the series, this is told in third person, allowing for more plot-development.
I really like it for a multitude of reasons.
The romance between Aleksei and his mistress,
The romance is complex in that he still loves his wife, even if differently, and he loves his mistress. I found it plausible and interestingly dealt with.
The spy-thriller side to the novel where Aleksei constantly demonstrates ...more
Jasper Kent has managed to weave a tale around one of the main historical points in Russian history. It is extremely well done and well researched from the historical perspective, and it is becoming clear after reading the 2nd in the Danilov quintet that he is becoming one of my top authors for historical fiction.
This tail isn't just about vampires, it's about being human as well, as the primary antagonist isn't even a vampire. And the vampires in this story aren't the glossy gothic teeny-bopper...more
Loosely based on real people and real events, Kent has woven an alternative story around the disappearance of one of the Tsars ~ Aleksandr the First.
As Aleksei is once more faced with a foe of old, he is still allied to t ...more
I was unaware of the rumors and tales surrounding the death of Tsar Aleksandr and I ...more
Thirteen Years Later is a worthy follow-up of Twelve. The use of third person perspective adds quite a bit of depth and color to Kent's world. The plot and events are meticulously researched. If there were some problems with pacing, it's easy to overlook. Fans of Twelve will be sure to enjoy Thirteen Years Later just as much as it's predecessor.
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Normally my Kindle is open pretty much all day..since the start of reading " Thirteen Years Later" my Kindle has sat for about an entire day without my opening it.
However I was angry with some decision of Danilov or some concept of the writer of the book, but these were within an acceptable treshold.
I'll start soon the next book of Jasper Kent.
The second book in the Danilov Quintet is more than a worth sequel.
Full review in progress
Jasper has spent almost twenty years working as a software engineer in the UK and in Europe, whilst also working on writing both fiction and music. In that time, he has produced the novels Twelve, Thirteen Ye ...more