Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Daylight’s Deadly Kiss by Jay Raven.
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.
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About the book
Daylight’s Deadly Kiss – Blood Riders Book Two
In 19th century Europe the most deadly vampire-killing weapon ever devised is up for grabs – and both the Undead and the living will stop at nothing to possess it…
It’s a legend, a fairy story parents tell frightened children to make them sleep. Basium Lucis – Daylight’s Kiss – the fabled compound that recreates sunlight in a bottle, and incinerates bloodsucking monsters on contact.
Vampire hunter Anton Yoska doesn’t believe in its existence or the whispered rumours of its creation by Leonardo Da Vinci 250 years before.
But when a mysterious Hungarian arts dealer claims to have uncovered the long-lost formula, Anton’s cynicism is shaken to the core as he is tasked to procure the pyrotechnic marvel for the Vatican’s centuries-old battle with the vampire sect known as the Brethren.
In a desperate race to beat nosferatu forces intent on destroying the wonder weapon, and cold-blooded gangsters who desire the Alchemist’s most prized invention for their own aggrandisement and riches, Anton is caught in a maelstrom of double dealing and lies..
Traps loom at every turn, and nothing is what it appears, but acquiring the Basium Lucis is the least of the his problems – for the ferocious Modjeski vampire family want retribution for his slaughter of their clan chief a year before. And old flame and rival slayer, Nadia, has her own devious plans to thwart Anton’s quest.
As time runs out and predators circle, the beleaguered hunter realises he’s been tricked into a suicide mission. But Anton Yoska won’t go down without a fight – and he doesn’t care who he takes to Hell with him.
Anton Yoska and his merry band of oddbod vampire hunters, which includes a bloodthirsty bear who likes to rip vampires to shreds by the way, are back in this second book in the Blood Riders series. Both books can be read as standalone novels.
The team is drawn into a competitive deal to acquire something everyone knows as sunlight in a bottle. A compound that can extinguish the life of any daylight-fearing vampire. If it is real it is worth its weight in gold.
The Basium Lucis turns out to be more than just the stuff of fairytales and myths. It is an extremely efficient weapon that could equal the odds in the humans vs bloodsucking monsters fight. As a man stuck in the middle of both worlds Anton Yoska isn’t sure where he stands on this mythical weapon.
As if that wasn’t enough trouble to keep him occupied the Modjeski clan are back on the warpath and intent on getting revenge. Revenge in the form of death to Yoska and his team, preferably in a painful and bloody manner.
It’s a gothic supernatural fantasy, a team of extraordinary vampire hunters often with more luck than skill.
Raven weaves subliminal humour into this bloodthirsty read with this band of merry rogues. Quick retorts and genuine emotions, and of course the very unique way they battle the undead, is what makes this read both vicious and entertaining.
It’s a fast-paced read with a main character who often finds it difficult not to identify with both halves of his new self. He feels their pain and yet has no problem destroying them when the need arises. The Blood Riders are definitely an entertaining read.