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Innocent Blood: The Order of the Sanguines Series

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be t

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be the most engrossing, thrilling, fast paced book I have read this year. It is action packed and so, so interesting. The book is the second part in a series titled The Order of the Sanguines, but offers enough...
Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be the most engrossing, thrilling, fast paced book I have read this year. It is action packed and so, so interesting. The book is the second part in a series titled The Order of the Sanguines, but offers enough background info, detailing on the events of Book #1 (The Blood Gospel), to work as a standalone. It is like a paranormal version of a Dan Brown novel, with vampires, angels and prophecies.
People judge vampire fiction far too quickly these days. This book is neither young adult, nor paranormal romance nor anything that would make you roll your eyes and go all skeptic. In a word, Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is awesome, so don't dismiss it as just-another-vampire-related-book.

What I liked: The standouts were: the uniquely sinister take on vampires; the characters picked out of history and mythology, I specially liked the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory; the character development despite the swift pace; the adventure spanning over the world and the ages; the attention to detail. The story was horrific, thrilling, tragic and (here's a rarity in this genre) quite insightful. And the touch of science fiction, with those ingenious mechanical insects capable of fatally poisoning vampires: wow. The book has left me in complete awe. That it is part of a series and there's more to come is the icing on the cake.

What I didn't like: Nothing. The book was as close to perfect as can be! I give it a four star rating, because, not having read the first book, it took me a while to get into context. Some terms were unfamiliar; like the strigoi - the vampires, the Sanguines - the reformed (sort of) vampires priests or the blasphemare - these animals turned into nightmarishly strong monsters after being infected by the blood of the strigoi. I also had to read up on a lot of the Christian elements and the Biblical references, though they were pretty basic and the extra reading was just for me. I don't know if the themes could be construed as offensive by religious readers, but they were very intriguing and as far as I'm concerned, amazingly unique...  What I'm trying to say is, READ IT. 

posted by tabularasa92 on December 15, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Role players and plot spoilers

Two reviews and neither one is worth anything. One is kuds playing around and the other is a rude plot spoiler revealing the entire book. Come on bn, do something, please with these kuds and rude plot spoilers?

posted by 8888649 on December 11, 2013

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Avoid if you want your brain intact

    This is one of the gobbled together novels I have ever come across. It reads like a jumble of B- movies meant for pre-teens to scare them on Saturday afternoon. I couldn't even finish it because it was so bad. Thank goodness I did not pay very much for it. Indeed I got what I paid for,

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    Posted February 14, 2014

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