Oooh, it’s my stop on the Blog Tour of another book that is totally out of my comfort zone. One that I wasn’t entirely sure would be my cup of tea… Crimson Siege is a book not for the faint hearted but, surprisingly, it was a great read, even if a little gory. Read on to find out more.
Crimson Siege is written by Jay Raven, an author of Gothic Chillers and historical horror. It is the first in the Blood Riders series and every bit the great opening scene.
“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…”
The blurb itself had me intrigued… although I’m not the biggest fan of vampire tales (I think I had my fill of them when I was a teenager when I was completely obsessed with them!).
Crimson Siege actually had me hooked from a few pages in. However, if you don’t like blood, gore and reading a book through the gaps between your fingers, I wouldn’t say it’s for you.
On the other hand, if you love nothing better than an action-packed story to get your heart racing, this is the one for you.
Jay’s writing is brilliant and makes following the story and imagining the scenes quite a joy. In fact, he stages the scenes so well that I actually felt I was watching them play out.
If you fancy giving this gothic vampire tale a go then you can buy it clicking the image below.
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 on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.