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Daylight’s Deadly Kiss (Blood Riders Book Two) by Jay Raven

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.

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Author Bio

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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My Review

4 stars

Anton Yoska is a vampire hunter that is barely scraping by with his little group of the dwarf Quintz, helper Toby, and Samson the bear. They accept an odd job that leads them to the crowned prince Leopold. Supposedly Leonardo created a formula that is sunlight in a bottle. The Vatican wants Anton to find the formula for them.

But Anton is not the only one hunting it, someone from his past is looking for the formula and is willing to betray him for it. Also, the Modjeski vampire clan is out for blood after they lost their leader the year prior to Anton. Although Anton knows the odds are stacked against him but he is willing to put up one heck of a fight.

I admit that I have not read the first book but it didn’t take me long to get the idea of what was going on. I’m sure if I would have read Crimson Siege I could relate more to the characters. I did like the group and was cheering them on although I wondered about Anton having been half turned.

I liked this story. There was a lot of action and some gore, which is to be expected. I really want to go back and read the first book to catch up on what I missed. I think this is a good read and I would be interested in reading the next book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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