Last Blood

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The fantastic final novel of the House of Comarré series, full of lust, betrayal, and intrigue.

In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they've ever come up ...

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Overview

The fantastic final novel of the House of Comarré series, full of lust, betrayal, and intrigue.

In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they've ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone on the side of light.

One of them will change sides. One of them will die. No one will survive unscathed. Can Chrysabelle save those she cares about or will that love get her killed? What price is she willing to pay to draw last blood?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Now on its fifth book, Painter’s House of Comarré series has lost much of its momentum and thrill. Paradise City, New Florida, in 2067 is home to powerful clans of vampires and the part-human comarré who serve them. Chrysabelle is one comarré who dares to defy her masters. Brainwashed by a fae spell, the vampire Mal has lost his love for Chrysabelle and is tempted to return to his evil ways; Chrysabelle misses him all the more because she’s pregnant with his child. The vampire Tatiana—Mal’s ex and Chrysabelle’s enemy—has been reunited with her long-lost daughter Lilith, now an incredibly powerful super-vampire who’s sociopathic even by vampire standards. Meanwhile, someone has turned the mayor into a vampire. Despite all of these plot twists, the story has surprisingly little urgency. Even the shifting alliances among Chrysabelle, Mal, and Tatiana feel anticlimactic. While not for the uninitiated, longtime readers will be pleased that this installment ties up many of the series’ loose ends. (July)
Larissa Ione
"Gripping, gritty, and imaginative. If you love dangerous males, kick-ass females, and unexpected twists, this is the series for you! Kristen Painter's engaging voice, smart writing, and bold, explosive plot blew me away. Prepare to lose some sleep!"
L.A. Banks
"Kristen Painter brings a sultry new voice to the vampire genre, one that beckons with quiet passion and intrigue."
Patricia Briggs
"Painter scores with this one. Passion and murder, vampires and courtesans -- original and un-put-downable. Do yourself a favor and read this one."
Gena Showalter
"Kristen Painter's Blood Rights is dark and rich with layer after delicious layer. This spellbinding series will have you begging for more!"
P.C. Cast
"A world full of rich potential. Excellent!"
Library Journal
In their fifth outing (after Out for Blood), Chrysabelle, born to feed vampire nobility, and Mal, a rogue vampire, confront the Castus Sanguis, an ancient evil, in a battle that may demand more from them than they can give.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316200189
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: House of Comarre Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 162,202
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor, where she loves to interact with her readers and on her blog, http://kristenpainter.com/blog/.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    This book was amazing and sad for me at the same time, I couldn'

    This book was amazing and sad for me at the same time, I couldn't put it down,even though
    I wanted to make it last,as I know it was the last one in the series,but I couldn't I just had to keep reading
    Reading,till the end.it was amazing so well written by Kristen painter,made me want to start the whole series again,I hope it's not goodbye but au revoir!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Awesome end to the series. Kristen has done it again. 

    Awesome end to the series. Kristen has done it again. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great ending to a fantastic series. Sad to say goodbye, but I'm sure I will be rereading these books soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Great finally to a very entertaining series. I really enjoyed th

    Great finally to a very entertaining series. I really enjoyed this series and this book sums up any questions you may have. I highly recommend this series. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Typical Chrysabelle

    Putting everyone elses lkfe in danger for her own agenda yet still managing to think shes the only one that has problems. Such a lame character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Excellent book with deep character development and graphic scena

    Excellent book with deep character development and graphic scenarie, will leave you wanting more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Last Blood by Kristen Painter is great. After reading book 4 I j

    Last Blood by Kristen Painter is great. After reading book 4 I just didn't know how she would be able to pull it all together, but she did it and it was great. I would highly recommend this series it is a great read.

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

    I have grown to love Mal and Chrysabelle, and I was hesitant to

    I have grown to love Mal and Chrysabelle, and I was hesitant to finish this series. I am sad to see them go, but man was it worth it!

    If you haven't checked out this series, do yourself a favor, and do it. You won't regret it.

    Love, Love, Love.  Satisfying ending to an excellently captivating series.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    I never downgrade my rating becasue Barnes and Noble does not gi

    I never downgrade my rating becasue Barnes and Noble does not give degrees of stars
    4.25/5 stars 
    4.5/5 Stars for world building

    The feel of the series as it progressed as gone from riveting, with the first books, to something that resembles a family drama with the last books of the series.  I don’t honestly know how I feel now that I have finished Last Blood by Kristen Painter, depressed is a good word. That’s it, I am depressed as I adore this series, and I hate to see it come to an end. “Pouting like Lilith.” For those of you who haven’t read the series here is a series primer:




    The Birth of the Comarré




    Marked for Service




    Plumbing the Depth




    Like I said in my review of Out for Blood, I first got hooked on the series when Jeaniene Frost author of the Night Huntress series mentioned the books and author on Twitter last fall. I was very curious about the books, and because of that I bought the series, and the cat was delightfully killed.  (Did you get the joke?   Curiosity and the cat and all that.)  The series is delightful and the romance in the final book Last Blood is in full swing. These are paranormal books; the sex is off page, but Painter makes my toes curl with just a kiss or a look. In Last Blood, at times I felt the plot being rushed trying to tie up to many loose ends all in one book.




    Okay this might just be me being pouty, but I wish this conclusion would have gone at a faster pace. I felt there was the urgency I had come to expect in the series.   Yes, definately me being pouty. I loved that Fi was back to her fun-loving, fiesty self, which I hadn’t seen since the first book. I loved getting to the conclusion of all the twists and turns of the series. The deaths of characters upset me, and I guess I would have wanted some closure with each of these deaths. These books were always about the fight between good and evil, and yes not everyone supposedly sired by evil wore a black hat, and not everyone on the side of good wore a white hat. They all learned to be true to their own hearts and personalities.




    As Mal, the main male lead is a vampire and because of this supposedly inherently evil,  wasn’t capable of deep love and friendship. Then you have the Aurelian Nadira, supposedly working on the side of good, who  could not have been more like a petulant spoiled child, who wasn’t going to play if she wasn’t in charge. Yes, the lines between good and evil in some of the characters are a little blurry, especially those of the Kubai Mata. The Kubai Mata is a shadow organization that is supposed to protect humans from other natured beings.  They smacked  “big brother knows best no matter who we kill,” which got my dander up and like Creek, one of their operatives.  I never felt loyalty to the organization. Just because a person got bitten by a vamp and turned does that make a person automatically evil? I am of the world that people, even those infected by demons, are given free will, it is how you use that free will that counts. The book Last Blood is all about free will and how the characters choose to wield it.   Will they keep on the path they choose or stray and change?  Yes, I want more I want to know what type of life Damian (the lead female character, Chyrsabelle’s, brother) makes for himself. I want to delve deeper into the varcoli (shifter society) and learn more about the fate of New Orleans. There is so much more of this world that Painter had created that I want to explore.  So I hang my head still pouting and wait to see what Painter writes next, for whatever she does she has a life long reader in me.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Wow! I just finished reading this and I am practically speechles

    Wow! I just finished reading this and I am practically speechless! this book was so amazing it is hard to put it into words! I read it as slow as I could to savoir each word as I knew this was the last book and I didn't want it to be over but now that it is I am filled with contentment. Kristen did an amazing job at tying the series off there were no lose ends and it all ended beautifully and with a bang!..lol

    In this book we pick up where we left off with Chrysabelle and Mal at odds. Chrysabelle must save or kill the man she loves to protect that which is even more important to her, a secret that not even Mal is aware of. She will do what she must to save him but if she can't she must kill him.

    Meanwhile the ancients now need Tatiana help for the child they stole from her is now reeking havoc on them and must be stopped. Tatiana enlists the help of Mal with the child Lilith who isn't at all what she once was. Together they embark on a perilous mission.

    With all hanging in the balance who will survive, who will die and will everyone stay on the same side? Who will be the one to draw Last Blood?

    I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! I tried my hardest to read it slowly but it was sooo hard!..lol...Fi was my favourite in this one, she always makes me laugh and in this one was no exception 

    Like: "sounds awesomely not awesome. Only fae would name a bar after a fairy tale. What is it, one giant tea party?"

    lol...she cracks me up! I really liked that we got to see more of her strong, independent and tender sides in this book as well. 

    Creek also had a few choice lines in this one that made me laugh out loud. 

    Like: "Somebody better start explaining or its going to get dusty in here." 

    lol...when he said that I couldn't help but laugh!

    Kristen is a full on genius when it comes to writing and I am blessed to call her a friend and on her amazing street team! Her work is an inspiration and I can't wait to read her next book! if you haven't gotten your copy of Last Blood make sure to order yours now!

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    I was lucky enough to receive this as an ARC as I am on the ¿Hou

    I was lucky enough to receive this as an ARC as I am on the “House Of Pain” Street Team.

    Let me start by saying this was my series find of last year. I haven’t been along for the ride since the beginning but after seeing the beautiful covers I just had to start reading them and I devoured the first 3 straight through and then had to pace around for months waiting for the 4th one to be released.

    Last Blood is the 5th and final installment in this particular series and what a story it is. I was a little nervous to start is as I knew that the end was near, there would be no open hanging cliffs this time for me to obsess over until the next one. Finally I would have some of the answers I have been waiting for and this always comes with mixed blessings.

    But I shouldn’t have worried. Yet again Kristen Painter takes the story in a direction I could never have seen coming in a million years and yet as I read it I cannot imagine how I ever thought the story could have gone in any other way. None of the “closure” feels forced the way it can when a series is wrapping up and yet nothing was left bugging me that I feel I missed out on.

    The story, as with the others is fast paced and action packed and has moments that just make you scream at the pages. Heart in throat you are with these characters in every moment, the good, the bad, and the messy.

    A brilliant end to an amazing series!! I can't wait to read what Kristen writes next!!

    V""V

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