Blood Bound – Blackthorn #7 – Lindsay J. Pryor

This book was much better than the last book but I may have judged the last book a little more harshly because I couldn’t stand the main female character.

Eden and Jessie were featured in a previous book and this book featured them again. Jessie is an envoi, a type of angel, who gave her tears to Eden and his niece Honey to save their lives only to find out that those tears may end up killing them anyway.

They are hiding below the city in tunnels along with the lycans and Kane, a master vampire, from the human army led by the evil Sirius Throme. Jessie has found out that Sirius has enhanced his human army by giving them angel tears but his past experiments had killed his subjects until he learned to give them a supplement of something along with the tears. Jessie did not do this with Eden or Honey and now it is too late so she decides to go up top into the city of Blackthorn where all sorts of dangers exist to find some hidden files from someone who had done extensive research into the subject to try and find if there is another cure. Eden decides to go with her.

Torren, a particularly nasty angel who has a grudge against Jessie and who just happens to be the area’s angel leader, abducts Jessie and Eden. Torren is the one who bound Jessie and took away a lot of her memory from her previous life when she lived with the angels. Binding her meant that he made a talisman necklace with a substance inside it that made it so that she could only go a certain distance from the necklace. A con named Pummel acquired the necklace and became Jessie’s master for fifty years until Eden came along and saved her. She has worn the necklace ever since. Now, Torren has the necklace. Torren can’t kill Eden because he is vital to the prophecy that effects the third species including angels but he can kill Jessie who is not vital.

What he ends up doing is wiping out ten years of Eden’s memory which is before he became the man he is today, before Honey was born and before he became an Curfew Enforcement Officer. Torren then hands Jessie and Eden over to Homer and Mya, two cons who know exactly who they are and will make them suffer before they kill them. Jessie cannot tell Eden anything or they will kill them both right away.

Since Eden does not remember who he is and has tattoos with numbers showing his crimes on his arm from going deep undercover, Homer and Mya convince him that he is a con and he is Homer’s second. Mya tells him she is his girl.

I almost cried at some of the things Jessie had to endure, watching Eden with Mya and thinking he was a con. All I wanted out of this book was to see Homer, Torren and Mya to die. That sounds bad but that is what happens in books.

There are other evil characters in this book too who I would like to see get their just rewards like Sirius and Feinith. Both have caused way too much pain in the world.

I don’t know how much further this story can go without wrapping up soon. We’ll see what happens.

Blood Instinct – Bloodthorn #6 – Lindsay J. Pryor

It had been a while since I have read this series so it took a minute to remember the previous events of the story.

This world is made up by classes. Blackthorn is the nucleus. It is a city where society has thrown all of its worst criminals to live. When vampires and lycans revealed themselves, humans formed the Global Council which quickly threw all of them in Blackthorn too until “they proved themselves” but the head of the Global Council, Sirius Throme, will never allow that to happen. Unfortunately, for the lycans and vampires, there is a prophecy about the 3rd species {vampires and lycans) overthrowing the human rule so Sirius wants them all dead.

This book focused on Sophia who was turned into a serryn after her sister Leila did a spell which passed it from herself to Sophia. A serryn is a vampire killer who has no empathy and kills or pure pleasure. She emits pheromones that make her irresistible to vampires but her blood is poison to them. Sophia is trying to hold off the serryn but it takes her over at times.

Prophecy foretells of a certain master vampire who will drink the serryn to the Brink (where third species go when they die) and become the Tryan, the most powerful vampire ever. We, the readers, know it is Caleb but Sirius is desperate to find out. He has upped his game and has decided to invade but he can’t just invade without a reason so he has come up with an evil plan.

I found myself loathing Sophia throughout this book. She just seems reckless and makes dumb choices which puts everyone in danger. Some of it was caused from the serryn coming out in her but most of it was just her thinking she could be stronger than the serryn and refusing to listen to her sister Leila.

The story is revving up. I’m getting ready to read the next book now.

 

Dragonsworn – Dark-Hunter Series #21 – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dragonsworn

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark-Hunter #21/Hunter Legends (First I’ve heard of this one)/Lords of Avalon #?/Were-Hunter #? I’m kind of lost to where each of these are at but I will try to go over them and number them correctly soon.

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Another great adventure by Sherrilyn Kenyon! This time she paired a dragon named Falcyn with a daimon named Medea who, inadvertently, get sucked into another realm along with her sort-of-kind-of brother Urian and his grandson Blaise who thinks he is his brother.

Medea needs Falcyn’s dragonstone to heal her people from a disease her grandfather, Apollo the god, brought down upon them. Morgen Le Fey, the evil leader of Camelot and Apollo also want the stone so they keep sending their minions after them and setting traps to try to steal it.

I’m not sure I like the Lords of Avalon spin on this series because it just complicates an already complex storyline and I get a little lost. I have read all of this author’s series except for the Lords of Avalon series which was her first series she ever wrote under the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor. I did read the first one but really didn’t like it that much so I never read the rest. I’m glad I did read that first one though because it helped me understand some of the references in this book.

I won’t put spoilers in but there was a revelation in this book which will have an impact on Urian but I’m not sure it will be a good thing. You will have to read it to find out.

There are still a lot of characters who need their story told like Jared, Savitar and my favorite Jaden just to name a few.

I can’t wait for the next one but I hope it veers away from this Camelot story and more back to the Dark-Hunter side of it.

 

A Wise Man’s Fear – The Kingkiller Chronicles #2 – Patrick Rothfuss

This book was one thousand pages long and Kvothe, the main character, had a lot of adventures.

The story is being told by an older Kvothe to a story writer called Chronicler and to Bast, Kvothe’s apprentice. Kvothe owns an inn in a small town and he goes by Kote. I’m assuming he is in hiding or just wants to live a simple life now. His older self seems to be at odds with his younger self who worked hard at building up a reputation for himself of being someone who accomplished great feats similar to the storybook legend of Taborlin the Great, a magician who could break out of doorless and windowless prisons because he knew the names of everything like wind and stone and could command them to do his bidding. The mature Kvothe seems to be subdued and may even regret some of his past.

This book starts out with Kvothe at the University, learning magic or what they call sympathy. He struggles to find money to pay his tuition each term which has been made harder by a fellow student named Ambrose, a rich noble who hates Kvothe.

Kvothe is an amazing musician who plays the lute but he can’t find a patron because Ambrose has threatened or bribed everyone within a hundred miles not to take him on as a client. Ambrose is always causing trouble for Kvothe but Kvothe gives as good as he gets. Rvery term, each student has to go in front of the Masters who ask a few questions and set tuition based on those answers. The day of Kvothe’s interview, a woman came to the inn where Kvothe was staying. She asked if he knew Ambrose, brought him a drink and sat down with him. “To Ambrose Jakis,” she said with sudden fierceness. “May he fall into a well and die.” He smelled nutmeg and plum and then she started sobbing and left the inn.

She had drugged Kvothe but he didn’t realize it until a few people told him he was acting strange and being rude. The drug brings out the worst in people or takes away their inhibitions. It takes days to leave the system so the person can act fairly normal but could take weeks or even months to wear off. Luckily, Fela switched admission days with him so he didn’t totally ruin his chances at the University.

Ambrose also had him charged with malfeasance which brought heat on the University which made the Masters nervous which would have made his tuition for the next term too high to afford. Again, luck intervened. A noble found a possible patron for Kvothe in another country. His friend said Alveron Maer was just as important and almost as powerful as the king and he had written to him and told him he was in need of an educated person who was good with words and who could travel as soon as possible. Kvothe boarded a ship to Vintas.

From there, Kvothe goes on one long adventure.

I know there is one more book coming out but it has been six years since this one was published so who knows how long it will be until the next book is published.

The Name of the Wind – The Kingkiller Chronicles #1 – Patrick Rothfuss

My son introduced me to this series and I’m glad he did. It’s not what I’m used to reading,
although I have read some fantasy.
I don’t even know where to begin. There were so many parts to this story that it is hard to  explain. I’ll do my best.
The story is told by Kvothe who started out life as a traveling trouper along with his parents. He  meets a man who teaches him how to be an arcanist, someone who can manipulate the laws of  science and nature to do magic which they call sympathy.
Kvothe learns faster than others so he learned everything within a few months. His teacher, Abenthy, told him he should go to the University when he gets older and that’s what Kvothe dreamed of until tragedy struck and his life heads in another direction.
We know Kvothe makes it out alive because he’s the one telling the story. He is an innkeeper going by the name of Kote and he seems to be hiding from someone or something but his  personality seems to have done a one-eighty. He seems calm and under control which could have just been attributed to growing up but it seems like more than that. I think that was the worse run-on sentence ever.
This book is long and, at times, it lags for me, especially when the magical or scientific process is explained in excruciating detail. I’m good with “Abra Kadabra Boom” but others may need more.
My son says the second book was even better so I’m off to go read it.

Vampire Academy – Vampire Academy #1 – Richelle Mead

When you read paranormal romance series, you inevitably run out of good material to read. I, of course, knew about this series but avoided it because I avoid stereotypical high school drama like I avoid herpes but I was in a desperate spot. I have been having a hell of a time finding a new paranormal romance series…a good paranormal romance series that includes humor and avoids the cliché alpha hero and perfect boring female lead who always wants to do the right thing.
I knew going into this book that it would be packed full of high school drama and decided to grin and bear it. I was right, it was high school with a vampire twist. It had the popular rich kids called royals who gossip and rule the school, the kids who follow the popular kids, wanting to be just like them and the outsiders.
It’s a fairly simple plot with typical teenage characters. I could see where it was headed from the beginning.
I can see the appeal of this for young adults but it’s just not for me.

The Crimson Crown – Seven Realms #4 – Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown

By Cinda Williams Chima

Seven Realms #4

 

I was hooked the minute I started this series. I couldn’t put it down and this book.

Raisa has been crowned queen but danger is all around her. Her mother had been a weak queen who let her advisers and nobility get away with too much. They aren’t liking her changes.

The general of her army has more mercenaries from the country of Arden that native born soldiers which means the army is loyal to him and not to Raisa and the Fells. She can’t have that since the king of Arden would jump at the chance to invade Fells and she needs her army loyal to her.

The majority of her queendom is comprised of three groups of people; the clans who live in the mountains, the valefolk who live in and around the city and wizards. Nobody likes each other. Hatred runs deep but Raisa wants to heal the divide. She needs everyone to work together if her nation is to survive the imminent war with Arden.

Han Alister has to protect the queen and he has a plan. First, he needs to become the High Wizard, an impossible feat considering he was a street lord before he was fostered by the clans. The current High Wizard would rather see him dead. Han is working many different angles and playing dangerous games with dangerous people and now someone is trying to frame him for the recent wizard murders in the slums.

I was sad to see this series end and now I’m desperately searching for a new series to read. Any suggestions?