|Twelve (2008) [Novel]|
by Jasper Kent
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(From the publisher):
The Voordalak - a creture of legend; the 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 Grande Armee of Napoleon Bonaparte.
City after city has fallen to the advancing French, and it now seems that only a miracle will keep them from Moscow itdelf. In desperation, Aleksei and his comrades enlist the help of the Oprichniki - agroup of twelve mercenaries from the further reaches of Christian Europe, who claim taht they can turn the tide of the war. It seems an idle boast, but the Russians soon discover that the Oprichniki are indeed quite capable of fulfilling their promise... and much more.
Unnerved by the fact that so few can accomplish so much, alksei remembers those stories of the voordalak. And as he comes to understand the true, horrific nature of those twelve strangers, he wonders at the nightmare they've unleashed in their midst...
Original title: Twelve
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ Vampires
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Russia