The Third Section
479 pp • ISBN: 978-1-61614-531-6
The third novel in the enthralling, chilling, and acclaimed historical vampire sequence—the Danilov Quintet
Russia 1855. After forty years of peace in Europe, war rages. In the Crimea, the city of Sevastopol is besieged. In the north, Saint Petersburg is blockaded. But in Moscow there is one who needs only to sit and wait – wait for the death of an aging tsar, and for the curse upon his blood to be passed to a new generation.
As their country grows weaker, a man and a woman—unaware of the hidden ties that bind them—must come to terms with their shared legacy. In Moscow, Tamara Valentinovna Komarova uncovers a brutal murder and discovers that it not the first in a sequence of similar crimes, merely the latest, carried out by a killer who has stalked the city since 1812.
And in Sevastopol, Dmitry Alekseevich Danilov faces not only the guns of the combined armies of Britain and France, but must also make a stand against creatures that his father had thought buried beneath the earth, thirty years before.
"With a feel for both Russian history and storytelling, Kent (Twelve) continues his alternate history of the Russian Empire, blending fact with dark fantasy that results in an offbeat and gripping vampire tale. Capturing the essence of the nineteenth-century Russian novel, this richly detailed book will appeal to Russophiles as well as fans of vampire fiction."
"Kent's sprawling historical horror debut . . . brings blood-gushing brutality back to vampire fiction. . . . [Character] self-examination doesn't impede densely detailed, hard-driving action . . . and the vampires are genuinely scary villains, more vivid than most of the living characters. With no romantic yearning or teen angst in sight, this is just a bloody good tale."
Praise for Thirteen Years Later:
"Kent has magically blended history, folklore, and storytelling to produce a superb account of the Dekabrist revolt. Thirteen Years Later should please fans of all three. The third in the series [The Third Section] is set during the Crimean War, and expected to exercise the same fascination."