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Posted January 3, 2014
Blood of Angels. (Book Two of the Blood Hunters Series). Marie Treanor
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, its on to book two – as I said before I've not read the Awakened by Blood trilogy but that hasn't stopped me from following and loving this series. I do think for best enjoyment you need to start with book one of this group though. Once again the sex is hot, sensual, erotic and very well written. Its not sex in the story just for titillation, but its integral to the story and fits the characters so well. ( and makes for some spicy, enjoyable reading )
So Istvan; we met him briefly in book one, and this book focusses on him. I liked him, he's been a Hunter for many years now, having joined like so many of them, being recruited after a horrific vampire encounter. He's got such an enquiring mind though that he can see the possibilities in the new collaboration between vampires and humans, and he's always looking at all sides to a story. Maybe that’s come from his scientific bent, he's always looking at things with the view to seeing alternative uses, or how they can be adapted and this could be a spillover from that. Whatever – I really liked him as a character. Though he's been brought up to hate/distrust vamps he's learning that they are just like humans, some good some bad. He's been obsessed though with vampire Angyalka since their encounter in the big battle of the last series, the one that ended with him being spectacularly injured, nearly died and from which he's finally slowly recovering mobility.
Angyalka has her own thoughts about Istvan, and her own problems too. Though she's regarded as particularly strong, Istvans enquiring mind pushes at her secrets and he discovers some he didn't expect. There’s a sensual attraction between them, an itch they both need to scratch, which once given in to leads to more – but also to problems.
In addition to the Istvan/Angyalka story there's the series overall arc, that of the upcoming vampire/human cooperation and the problems with it. Some vampires are all for it, others against, and as always some just out to see what power they can gain. This time there's a big bad in town, and he's out for Saloman's death and to take his place. Elizabeth too has a secret which places her life in danger, and Istvan is still pursuing his research into enchantments, angels and the secrets contained for so very long, trying to see what he can replicate, and what they can use. Its something that leads to danger. A packed novel full of action, plots ans sub plots.
Again there's a sense of building climax to events, you know as a reader something is coming, but not quite what, and when and who is behind it apart from obvious contenders. There's real danger, clues and red herrings, all leading to a spectacular finish. It was good to meet up briefly with the people from book one, and to meet some new characters too. Another cracking read in /Marie's typical style.
Stars: four and a half.
ARC supplied by Netgalley