Gračanica. Kosovo, 1689: Elena, an Albanian peasant girl, has sacrificed her own future to keep her family from starving, but one horrific night they are taken from her, murdered by monsters out of her nightmares. She seeks refuge at the nearby monastery, where she meets Stjepan, a Serbian monk familiar with creatures that stalk the night. Elena longs to return to her farm, but piecing her life back together may be impossible. Stjepan draws her into a dark conspiracy involving an ancient brotherhood, and as war looms, a stranger named Lek appears, threatening to overturn everything she thought she knew about her family and herself.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1999: Since surviving the showdown between the vampire Yasamin and the terrorist group Süleyman’s Blade, Adam Mire has lived in hiding, posing as an unassuming Czech librarian. His life is upended again, however, when a new threat arises—one intent on using Dracula’s legacy to unleash another wave of violence across the already war-ravaged nation.
Meanwhile, Clara MacIntosh, the love Adam left behind, has come to Eastern Europe to find him. While tracking him down, she becomes entangled in a string of grisly murders—deaths Adam is investigating as well. As they both follow clues literally written in blood, time runs short to unmask the killer before history comes full-circle and chaos engulfs the region again.
My Rating: * * * * *
This is the second book in the Trilogy and I think it was as good as the first. Mr. Saunders creates an intriguing and different Bride. The story continues to have the tangle of timelines – going over Elena’s story from the middle ages, the horror of present day Sarajevo, a quick side trip to Lord Bryon eighteen hundreds. Elena is an Albanian girl who’s whole family is slaughtered by vampires. She takes refuge in a monastery where she meets a young monk,Stjepan, who will have a big role in the story.
The year is 1999 and David is hiding in Prague after the deadly confrontation between Yasamin and Suleiman’s Blade. In the meantime, Clara, who is David’s old flame comes to Sarajevo to find him. War torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is an epic tale of power, betrayal, lust and pure evil in the Balkans. This is a story about vampires and a story about Dracula’s brides but more than that, this is a story about power and deception in one of the most troubled regions in the world. This book is full of folklore and the history of this war torn region. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to the third in this trilogy.
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of numerous published fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at the University of South Carolina. He received his law degree in California and practiced there as an attorney for several years.
He is an unapologetic European history geek, enjoys the Celtic fiddle, and makes a mean sundried tomato-basil pesto. He currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two children. To find out more, visit www.jmsaunders.com.