This is the first Shira Anthony title I have read, despite the fact that there have been more waiting for me on my TBR stack for months. After reading Blood and Rain, I now have even more reason to hop back into Kindleland, pull her books from the pile, and enjoy.
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Blood: Book One
Adrien Gilbert has spent several lifetimes searching for the love he lost. Born in the 1800s into a clan of fabled vampire hunters, Adrien once wanted nothing more than to tend his family’s vineyard in southern France or read a good book. But Adrien’s peaceful existence ends abruptly when his older brother, François, is murdered. Bound by his hunter’s oath, Adrien sets out on a path that will forever change his life when he agrees to execute his brother’s killer, the vampire Charles Duvalier.
After months chasing the elusive Charles, Adrien reluctantly makes a bargain with Nicolas Lambert, an ancient vampire. Adrien will escort Nicolas to Paris for his marriage to a rival clanswoman, and Nicolas will help Adrien find Charles. Nicolas’s quiet strength and gentle heart soon convince Adrien that Nicolas is nothing like the vampires he has sworn to destroy. As the wedding date draws nearer, a force intent on destroying the fragile peace between the vampire clans threatens to tear apart both the vampire realm and the world of the hunters. To secure both past and future for those he loves, Adrien must find a way to stop the looming war between hunters and vampires. But first he’ll have to let Nicolas go.
I love a good vampire story, and I found this one unique and fascinating. We begin in present day Miami and receive a rich and well-developed story in a flashback to late 19th century France. Shira Anthony begins this captivating tale by building a vampire and hunter world that is deeply emotional, centering around prejudices, family bonds, and a sense of duty all at war against one another.
The reader is treated to the points of view of four separate characters: Nicolas, Adrien, Charles, and Francois. Each character has a voice and perspective, carry their own burdens, and struggle with personal demons that threaten their happiness and their very lives. The relationships felt as though they were still in the process of solidifying even as the book ended, which bodes well for more emotional attachments to occur in the next installment.
The barriers between hunter and vampire are blurred as relationships develop, duties are honored, and battles are fought. The politics and physical combat, though important in underscoring the need for bringing peace and solidarity to the vampire world, felt at times a bit too lengthy and detailed and were somewhat distracting from the personal side of the story. That being said, the action is intense, and the complications and threats within the vampire universe are clearly conflicts that will continue through the rest of the series.
Overall, I enjoyed this first installment and look forward to reading the next book of Shira Anthony’s Blood series. I am completely invested in her fascinating characters and in the world she has created for them, both past and present, and can’t wait to discover the past that is slowly unfolding through this intriguing set of stories.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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