My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dan Davis has built upon the first in his Immortal Knight series by delivering another cracking historical action-adventure. Set amongst the time of King John, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a certain band of outlaws, Davis has produced an excellent twist on a well known legend that he’s mixed in with his ongoing Vampire saga.
As ever the action is brutal and visceral, with medieval war being shown as the gritty, tiring, bloody mess it is, not as the movie-fu style swordplay you sometimes read about or see in the movies. The vampires are typically brutal, with our hero fighting not only them but his own internal struggles.
The knowledge the author has of the period is clear for all to see and you get a real sense of “place” when reading it. The characters are well written, each with their own distinct personas, including historical figures who have been brought to life so well in this story.
If I was going to compare this to current works I’d liken it to the Conn Iggulden War of the Roses series. The era is different, but the sense of place and the authentic feel of the era are just as well captured.
A worthy follow up to Vampire Crusader, and can’t wait for book 3.