Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Covenant in Blood
Partnership in Blood Volume Three
As the Alliance wizard-vampire partnerships grow stronger, the dark wizards feel the effects and become increasingly desperate to find enough information to counter them, unaware of the growing strain of the blood-magic bonds on the wizards and vampires alike.
The conflict is spreading. The strife of uncomfortable relationships, both personal and professional, is threatening to tear up the Alliance from the inside, despite the efforts of Alain Magnier and Orlando St. Clair, Thierry Dumont and Sebastien Noyer, and even Raymond Payet and Jean Bellaiche, leader of the Paris vampires, who is fighting to establish a stable covenant with his own partner so he might lead by example.
As the war rages on and heartbreaking casualties mount on both sides, the dark wizards keep searching for clues to understand and counter the strength of the Alliance, while the blood-bound Alliance partners hunt through ancient prejudices and forgotten lore to find an edge that can turn the tide of the war once and for all.
As the war wages the stakes get higher as the bonds between vampires and wizards grow.
The partnership between the wizards and the vampires was initially only meant to fight the dark wizards but now we have vampires walking in the daylight hours and couples falling in love left, right and centre.
The world that Ariel has developed in these books has great depth and it seems every day is a new discovery as the paranormal beings of society defy old legends and discover just how well they can work together.
There is still too much MF and FF in the story for my liking but that is purely my preference as it is not something I choose to read. By skimming these bits I don’t feel that I missed any of the story.
As magical imbalances, kidnapped mortals, unscrupulous dark wizards and a myriad of other problems are thrown at the new alliance there seems no quick fix to ending the war. Serrier and his army always seem to stay one step ahead even though the alliance is having more luck at killing and capturing their enemies.
The story remains pretty much the same throughout all the books in this series and often there doesn’t appear to be much progress made. The real story for me was the relationships that developed, of which there are many, and this book ends on a cliff-hanger for the most important one of all.
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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