Blood Descent. (Book Three of the Blood Hunters Series). Marie Treanor
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, this series keeps getting better and better for me. Each book is complete, and yet builds upon the stories and actions that have gone before in previous ones. This time we see more of Konrad, the Hunter who’s gone renegade. He’s determined Elizabeth’s baby can’t survive, and he’s going to ensure it doesn’t. He wants to kill Saloman too but knows he’s not strong enough to do so alone. He’s in Britain searching for the instrument Istvan made, stolen by the vampires. It magnifies power, and Konrad is assembling others to join together to harm the child. He finds a young vampire, Maggie, who he needs to take him to the vampire holding the instrument. It comes hard for Konrad to work with a Vampire – his past with them when he was a teen is very traumatic, he was strapped down and fed off by a group before Istvan rescued him. Its left him with a bitter hatred and he’s convinced all vampires are just bloodthirsty killers. So why then is he so sexually attracted to Maggie? At first he blames it on the well known sexual attraction given off by older vampires, but she’s still young. Maggie too is attracted to Konrad, but knows that she needs to keep her guard up as he’ll kill her the moment she’s no longer useful. Its an unhappy alliance between them, with Konrad needing Maggie, and Maggie having her own reasons for being with him. She’s also determined to break through his mistrust and show him what she’s really like.
Its a journey across countries, with human/vampire battles for possession of the instrument. Everyone wants it but for different reasons. Saloman is plotting constantly with others to create differing, fluid plans for Elizabeth’s safety, and that of his child. He’s trying to cover every possible angle of danger. He decides to use the birth, and the recent interest in him and his family by a reputable journalist, to break the news of vampires to the public. Of course those renegade hunters like Konrad, and some other vampires are horrified by this and fighting desperately to find any means to prevent it. Elizabeth wants her family safe, but still hopes for Konrad to be convinced of the wrongness of his actions, and that the Alliance is the way forward. Maggie becomes a very important person in the final parts as everything pulls together, and we see another example of just how adept Saloman is at planning and making things happen.
Once again there’s hot, sensual, erotic sex, alongside a fast paced but easy to follow action story. Another terrific read, and I’m impatient to see where they go next. A great series, with each story being complete – no cliffhangers Yay 🙂 It’s well priced too at £2.01 for 243 pages.
Blood Prophecy. (Book Four of the Blood Hunters Series). Marie Treanor
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, this series keeps getting better and better for me. Each book is complete, and yet builds upon the stories and actions that have gone before in previous ones.
This time we take a step back. In the last novel Konrad wants Janine the “junkie whore”, as he knows she has psychic power and she’s a trainee hunter, though very strong for a novice. Dmitriu has had interaction before with her, when he stayed with her for a few days, taking her blood, getting high on it, and giving her some fantastic sex, then killing her pimp and leaving her money when he left suddenly while she was sleeping. She thought she was more to him that just a whore, and the money aspect really hurt her. She got cleaned up though, and joined the Hunters. Dmitriu thinks she may be the person referred to in a prophecy though, and that she could prove important in the birth of Elisabeth’s child. He’s very loyal to Saloman, and so determines to take her to him, and just as Konrad opens the car for her he swoops in and captures her. She’s annoyed of course, hurt that he never came back, hurt that he’s just taken her out from what she was doing. She’s still incredibly attracted to him though she tries to hide it.
They find a comprise when Dmitriu’s child Antonia comes on the scene. She still harbours a grudge against Dmitriu, and has allied herself to Konrad. Of course that’s only for as long as he’s useful to her – which is exactly what he tells himself about her – and about Maggie. They’re all full of double dealing, and poor Janine doesn’t really know who she can trust. Antonia is jealous of her, but very clever in how she seems into her confidence. Dmitriu always intended to return to her but time to a vampire with centuries behind him isn’t the same as for a human, though she hasn’t yet realised that. Then she can’t go along with Konrad’s desire to kill Elizabeth’s child. She’s totally lost and confused, even when she and Dmitriu make love – and its all she dreamed of and more, she still doesn’t know what she is to him. To be honest he’s not sure either – he can’t seem to get enough of her and he’s confused.
Again there’s cross country journeys, deals and double deals, back stabbing and mistrust, stories and rumours, and all the while Saloman and Dmitriu are working hard with those loyal to him and Elizabeth to keep them safe. I love the way Marie again takes two people who on the face of it don’t belong together, and yet she makes it work. I felt for Janine, she’s been through so much that she could have become a blinkered, selfish, horrible person, and yet she still wants to do what’s right, still looks at the problems from all angles, and tries her hardest to be fair. She was so hurt by Dmitriu’s actions, and then we see them from his point and its very different. He’s a hard person to judge, seems one of those carefree, almost flippant personalities, and yet underneath he’s very solid, loyal, fair and his attraction to Janine that he thinks will pass is instead growing stronger. It shocks him, and just when he seems to have accepted it and hopes for more, something from his past happens that makes Janine take another look. Then there’s the batty Militant Church with its hard-line anti vampire stance that needs showing in its true light before it becomes dangerous. Its too late for that though and there is some real danger from that and its members.
I enjoyed this once again – it was good to see another side to what happened in the last book, we know what was going to happen but not all the behind the scenes actions that made it that way, and this worked really well for me. Once again there’s hot, sensual, erotic sex, alongside a fast paced but easy to follow action story. Another terrific read, and I’m impatient to see how it all ends. A great series, with each story being complete – no cliffhangers Yay 🙂 It’s well priced too at £2.01 for 243 pages. The final book Blood Chills is due Feb 2014.
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