The Midnight Guardian (A Millennial Novel) Paperback – 5 Nov 2010
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"A ripping adventure, a thrilling chase, not too much blood and gore, and well-realized characters make for an impressive first novel." - BOOKLIST "41/2 stars. It's easy to get sucked into this rich and complex tale with its believable alternate history and its dynamic vampire society. This dark, intriguing story casts a new light on a dark time in history." - RT BOOK REVIEWS" --RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Sarah Jane Stratford received an MA in medieval history from the University of York in England. She lives in New York. This is her first novel.
Top customer reviews
When I started reading it I at first did have some difficulties with the several timelines and frequent time-hopping. But that soon ceased when I got drawn into the world she created. The vampire characters are positively loveable (forget the Cullens) and the atmosphere is breathtaking.
There are some minor historic flaws, which might annoy the besserwisser (Stuttgart was one of Germany's major railway stations in the 1940ies, not a place where only a few would have gotten off) but who cares about things like that - it's fiction after all.
I am delighted to have found this new star on the horizon and am so much looking forward to the sequel(s). The idea of the millennia vampires in itself guarantees that there can be an indefinite number of them. Just put one of them in the Napoleonic era and I'd be in heaven.
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What I really enjoyed about Ms. Stratford's vampires is they realize that their vulnerability lies in the fact that they need humans,but humans certainly do not need them. They also embrace some of the most wonderful parts of humanity:passion,love,and honor. Aside from the adventure at hand,we also discover Brigit's origins and also the pasts of a few of the other group members,such as Eamon and Mors. Ahhh,Mors. Trust me ladies,this will be one vampire that you'll want to get to know better,and I'm really hoping we'll get more time with him in the next book. The Midnight Guardian was mainly Brigit's story,though,and it was a fascinating one,blending adventure with rich period detail,as well as personal loss and love. Brigit is fierce folks. Think flames-shooting-out-of-her-eyes fierce,so if it's a tough as nails heroine you're looking for,look no further! The author certainly doesn't shy away from violence,and there are a few scenes of carnage that will make your toes curl,but don't worry,you won't lose much sleep,since the violence is mostly perpetrated on large groups of Nazis. I've heard this series compared to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's historical vampire series,and if that's the case,I'm in. Lush,vivid,and romantic,history and fantasy lovers alike will find something to love in The Midnight Guardian!
With the Millennials dead on the mainland, the British Millennial vampires send a group to Germany to prevent a human war as memories of the destruction of WWI lingers when their food supply killed one another that led to a vampire civil war. Brigit and the others plan to kill key SS men in order to prevent Hitler from occupying France. In Germany the unit is stunned by Hitler's Final Solution and hope to create enough chaos to slow down Hitler's master plan as he and his leadership teams prove they are greater monsters than vampires with what they are doing to the Jews. Brigit leaves Germany with two orphaned Jewish kids as the Nazi vampire hunters stalk her on a train ad boat on her way home to England.
Told from Brigit's perspective, readers learn through flashbacks how she was turned, how she became freed of her sire, and how she met her eternal love Eammon who waits for her back home. Their love sustains her as she rides the trains towards the Channel with the real evil in pursuit of her and her precious cargo. THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN is an intriguing take on what is evil as Sarah Jane Stratford makes the case that deeds not species defines malevolency.
Author Sarah Jane Stratford describes how vampires come to be, what qualities make some survive for millennia, and what constitutes the vampire code of ethics in her Stratfordverse. Most of the time, Brigit and her fellow vampires kill for nourishment, and they have particular tastes. (Nazis taste bad. Figures.) But sometimes they kill out of vengeance or anger, and the lucky reader learns all about those moments - but more of the emotion behind the killing than graphic descriptions of guts and gore. (Okay, there's some guts and gore, too.) Vampires all quite literally have inner demons.
Nice accuracy in the descriptions of period details, which is something that I always notice in historical fiction.
The Midnight Guardian was a pleasure to read - fast and fun, but not fluffy. I can't wait for the sequel!
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