Jasper Kent biography and books reviewed

Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire in 1968. He attended King Edward's School, Birmingham and went to study Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, specialising in Physics.

Jasper has spent almost twenty years working as a software consultant both in the UK and Europe, whilst working on both fiction and music. He has co written several musicals, including The Promised Land, written and performed to mark the 3000th anniversary of the foundation of Jerusalem and Remember! Remember!, the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

He currently lives in Brighton, with seven rats called Millie, Martha, Rose, Manjula, Lurleen, Maybe and Bertie, and a person called Helen.

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Acclaim for Twelve

'Packed with thrills and witty dialogue, Twelve also boasts rich historical insight and compelling storytelling. A compulsively readable adventure.' Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'Sharpeski ditches Napoleon to fight the undead ... good vampire-hunting fun for a winter's evening' SFX Magazine

July 3rd 2009 interview with Jasper Kent

Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire in 1968. Twelve, a horror / thriller / fantasy set in Russia amongst Napoleon's invasion of 1812, was published in 2008 to great acclaim. Jasper kindly spoke to Fantasy Book Review in July of 2009.Fantasy Book Review: Twelve was set in Rus [...]

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Jasper Kent reviews

Twelve by Jasper Kent

The voordalak - a creature of legend; tales of which have terrified Russian children for generations. But for Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov - a child of more enlightened times - it is a legend that has long been forgotten. Besides, in the autumn of 1812, he faces a more tangible enemy - the Grand Armée of Napoleon Bonaparte.

"Twelve offers the best of three worlds; the wonder that is history combined with the boundless scope of fantasy and the timeless allure of folklore. Jasper Kent has chosen the year 1812 and Napoleon's doomed invasion of Russia as the backdrop for a story that is, to quote the back-cover, the first ever Napoleonic historical vampire novel."

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Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent

1825. Russia has been at peace for a decade. Bonaparte is long dead and the threat of invasion is no more. For Colonel Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, life is calm. The French have been defeated, as have the twelve monstrous creatures he once fought alongside, and then against, all those years before. His duty is still to his tsar, Aleksandr the First. But Aleksandr cannot forget a promise: a promise sealed in blood and broken a hundred years before. Now the victim of the Romanovs’ betrayal has returned to demand what is his. The knowledge chills Alexsandr’s very soul. And for Aleksei, it seems the vile pestilence that once threatened all he held dear has returned, thirteen years later.

"Despite my problems with the character of Iuda I still enjoyed the book (just not as much as I had hoped) and the settings of Petersburg, Moscow and the Azov seaport of Taganrog are once again superbly brought to life. Danilov is once again a fine lead with Kent portraying him as neither hero nor anti-hero, allowing him to fall into that grey area in which most of humankind resides."

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The Third Section by Jasper Kent

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…

"Jasper Kent is a very adept writer, his characterisation and plotting are excellent, and his ability of bringing to life the book’s wonderful locations even more so. The melding of historical fiction with folklore and fantasy is achieved seamlessly and those people whom I’ve known to have also read his books already have really, really liked them (my mother especially)."

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