Blood Rights (House of Comarré Series #1)

Blood Rights (House of Comarré Series #1)

by Kristen Painter

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ISBN-13: 9780316084772
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: House of Comarré Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 419,298
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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, where she loves to interact with her readers and on her blog,

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"Prophecy, curses, and devilish machination combine for a spellbinding debut of dark romance and pulse-pounding adventure." —-Library Journal Starred Review

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Blood Rights 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
BiblioMicki More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book immensely. It was a nice change from what I have been reading and light. And unlike many other urban fantasy tales this one was not filled with sex scenes every other page, which was a nice change.
bookowl828 More than 1 year ago
I can not say enough nice things about this book. Hauntingly beautiful,heartbreaking, with deeply developed characters and a fast paced story line.Even though this is not a romance, it has romantic elements. The book ends on a cliff hanger, so reading the books in this series in order is a must!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it. Talk about a kick ass lead female character. I love this concept of a "super human" race bred to feed vampires. The story line is amazing, and if you think you know what's coming, i wouldn't put any money down because you don't. :) So good!
MikRLJ More than 1 year ago
This series in fan-freaking-tastic and I find myself irritated when I have to go to work because it always seems like I'm in the midst of a really good part. The love interest in here drives you crazy (but not in the "oh no, we mustn't" kind of way that's so popular in romance novels). There is a good amount of action, the characters are very well developed, and the differences between our world and theirs is not EXPLAINED, rather, the explanation is subtley woven into the plot. If you want an escape, a series that will bring you into a different world, I highly recommend this one. Oh, and the development of the characters is really believable. BUY IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT new series! I'll definitely be getting the rest. A fresh new take of things in the vampire genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But the story and the world created kept me reading. It had ag good bit of action some romance, some mystery, and it all kept you reading. This was a good beginning a what looks to be a series. I'll keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure I'd like this author, but wow! Can't wait 2 read the next book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the second one...
jmc33 More than 1 year ago
Very imaginative and excitement from front to back. The future looks bright for this author. I would say more but hate to spoil books.
JulianneD More than 1 year ago
Putting aside all the public drooling over the gorgeous cover, for the story, itself, Blood Rights is a winner. The story was… good. I liked the way Kristen Painter built her world. It was different than any other vampire romance out there, and different is good. I loved Painter’s world, I loved her ghost Fiona especially, and enjoyed the story. On the whole, if you enjoy Urban Fantasy and post-apocalyptic stories, if you enjoy vampires and dark paranormal romances, you should give this a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fresh new twist in the vampbookieness. Loved the pace and the whole story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Blood Rights not only was the cover absolutely beautiful the story was awesome!!!!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Blood Rights is a Gothic Fantasy and it definitely surprised me. I'll be honest; I wasn't sure about reading a gothic book. But I'm glad I did. Kristen Painter has made me love the darker fantasy. I would have really missed out on one the most deliciously wicked fantasies I've ever read. Painter is fantastic at writing dark. I'm still gushing over this awesome storyline with patron, comarre, and othernatural in this supernatural world. Blood Rights is the most fun I have had in a long time. I loved being pulled into a creepy setting and enjoying the dark and gritty surprised me.I love the gothic cover too. Chrysabelle is a Commarre. Her blood is pure and gives power to vampires. For this proposes, she has been raised from birth for the Noble vampires. Chrysabelle is also a kick-butt warrior and when she has to run to American, because of trouble she's in with the noble vampire, Chrysabelle hires Malkolm, who has been out casted and cursed by the noble vampires for killing his sire is Chrysabelle only hope. Malkolm is dark, dangerous and gorgeous. Definitely my kind of vampire. Malkolm (Mal) and Chrysabelle has of love-hate romance going on. They both have fallen hard for each other, but not going to admit it to each other. I love the way Mal is so protective of Chrysabelle against anyone who tries to dishonor her. Chrysabelle and Mel's romance is hot even if it doesn't get to first base in this first book. So of course I can't wait for the second book Flesh and Blood to see if this finally happens for them. Blood Rights had me gripped into this wicked, twisted, and dark fantasy, and loving every passionate page. I highly recommend Blood Rights as a must read. And I'm so glad I will not have to wait long for the second book in this series Flesh and Blood should be coming out around 25 of Oct. 2011
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful escape. Very interesting twist on a traditional story. Love the characters and getting to know them, cant wait for the next one. Highly recommend this to all fans of romance or vampires tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I love a really good vampire book. Enjoyed the way the story is told. Kristen Painter is a wonderful Author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line but slow to come to fruitation. I read books one & two in the house of comarre & Chrysabelle & Malkom still haven't acted on their feelings for each other. I couldn't take it any more so I didn't bother reading book three.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Kristen Painter is a new author for me. After this book, I plan on reading all her works. Blood Rights is the first book in a series. I believe there are 4 currently written. I absolutely loved this book. Ms Painter takes her time setting the scene and introducing the supporting character lineup. Ms. Painter's vampire world is very different from most that you read. I loved the originality. I loved how strong the male and female characters are. I also love that all the books will be about this same couple. To tell you the truth, I would rate this book right along side the Sherrlyn Kenyon Dark Hunter series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everyone a must read for vampire lovers.
Coranne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book started a little confusing for me- it wasn't at all what I expected (really my fault since I picked the book simply for its cover and didn't bother to actually READ the summary ha ha!). It is about vampires- but it is much more geisha girl meets Buffy the Vampire slayer than Twilight or Blue Bloods. The story is set in the not so distant future and revolves around one girl who is a fugitive blamed for the murder of her patron. The books starts right in with action and doesn't bother with explaining much to the reader. I enjoyed the pace of this book and my confusion about what was going on ended about a third of the way into the book. The pacing of this book was brutal- I never wanted to put it down! It was exciting, passionate, and everything a good vampire novel should be. I will admit- I spent some time wondering if this was meant to be published as a young adult novel or an adult fantasy novel. By the time I was done reading though- I noticed for all the passionate buildup- nothing happened between the two characters. (Tricky author, making me come back for more!) Anyone who loves Buffy, a good fantasy story, or vampires will enjoy this story. It also had the same feel of Cassandra Clare's novels (which is a great compliment from me- she is one of my favorite authors!) So- go check this story out!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Others have said it before but I have to add to the chorus of people exclaiming about the beauty of the cover art. It's amazing and full of wow!Chrysabelle is a Comarré. A race of humans bread to feed vampires, in fact they have to bloodlet or they start to get ill, so it's a mutually beneficial situation. The Vampire feeding from them gives them longer lives, they are beautiful and prized. When Chrysabelle's master is murdered she's the prime suspect so she flees to an "aunt" for help. This eventually leads her into the hands of Malkolm a vampire outcast who has serious problems.Together they have to try to save the world.Set in the near future this has potential. A lot of the first book was involved with setting up the characters, exploring some of the secrets in their world and creating an interesting world. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series but not the lack of sleep.The cover is actually text appropriate and beautiful.
TValeros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that it took till Chapter 6 to then get me interested in the book. But after that chapter it was like wildfire! I couldn't get enough from each page.Blood Rights: House of Comarre is an alluring mix of elegance, fangs, seduction, thrill, romance, and some nitty gritty. A series you most definitely not want to miss out!Since birth, Chrysabelle was raised to be a comarre. The most praised of all the comarres. But when her patron vampire nobel is found dead and her being MIA, all eyes are on her for the murder. Limited to whom she can trust and where she can go, she's left to do things she never imagined she would. Going against all the things she's been raised to do for more than a century.Malkolm, an anathema among vampires has his own personal demons. He bares not one, but two curses that ceases to give him a breathe of air. Not that he needs it. But you know what I mean. Curse 1.) For killing his own sire, he is cursed by whomever he sinks his fangs into he will drink them dead. Curse 2.) For every soul he kills through drinking their last drop of life, their names will forever be inked on his body and their voices will plague his mind. Always telling him to "drink" "kill" "feed." An unending struggle to stay sane from all the voices. Blood Rights just beckons you to read it all the way through and begging for more. It's well written, perfectly paced, and the twists are spellbinding. I'm just blown away on how engaged I was. I'm so happy that the series will release a month right after each other.Blood Right Book #1 - October 2011Flesh & Blood #2 - November 2011Bad Blood #3 - December 2011Another one to add to the 2011 MUST READS and Favorites!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the House of Comarre trilogy by Kristen Painter. The second book, Flesh and Blood, is supposed to release in Nov of 2011. The third book, Bad Blood, is scheduled to release a month later in December 2011. This was a great book. There are some very creative ideas in here and some great characters; it made for a wonderful and engaging story.Chrysabelle has spent a hundred years serving as a Comarre to a high ranking vampire. On the eve of her test to escape service by combat; her master is killed. This leaves Chrysabelle free but she is also forced to flee since she is suspected of murdering her master. Now Chrysabelle is forced to try and blend in with the human world until she can clear her name. When Chrysabelle tries to get help she runs into Mal. Mal is a royal vampire who has been declared anathema. Mal and Chrysabelle don't get along well, but working together may be the only way they can both get what they want and clear Chrysabelle's name.This was a very well done book. The world created is interesting. The book is set in the near future, 2060 I believe, most of the common things are recognizable but some of the technology has changed quite a bit. With the futuristic setting the book ends up being a pleasant blend of sci-fi, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and mystery.The most intriguing part of the society Chrysabelle comes from is the House of Comarre. The House of Comarre has a lot of secrets, some you find out in this book but there is still a lot of mystery involving this group of individuals. The whole idea behind the Comarre is fascinating even at face value, but when you find out about all the mystery behind this House it becomes an even more fascinating and engaging idea.The book is very well written, easy to read, and moves at a quick pace. The action scenes and romantic tension between characters is very well done. It was hard to put down and when I finished it I immediately wanted to read more.The characters are wonderful; lots of mystery and dimension to all of them, even the side characters. Chrysabelle and Mel make great leads; they have great tough personalities, yet are complex. The banter between these two is wonderful and had me laughing out loud a few times. The romance between them is sweet, steamy at times, but never graphic. There are also a lot of relationships/romance going on between various side characters in this book; love seems to be a big driving force in the plot in general.The mystery that Chrysabelle is trying to solve is set up nicely and very well done as well. The result of the mystery totally surprised me; I love it when I can't predict where the story is going to end up. The book ended at a good place; the main mystery is solved but Chrysabelle and friends will also have a bigger mystery to deal with in future books.I also have to mention the cover, this has got to be one of the most stunning covers I have seen all year. When I saw this cover I had to read the book. I'd like a print of this cover to hang up in my house, it is just so darn beautiful.Overall I really really enjoyed this book. The world is very interesting and creative; the mystery behind the House of Comerre absolutely sucked me it. The characters (even the side characters) are very engaging, likable, and fun to read about. The book is well-written, well paced and easy to read. I was really impressed with how Painter blends sci-fi, urban fantasy, romance, and mystery elements together to make an intriguing and engaging story. Pretty much everything in this book was well-balanced. There are some sensual scenes in the book but they never get too detailed or graphic, so older young adults could probably read this book (although the book is about adults, not sure about future books though). I really look forward to reading Flesh and Blood, I can't wait to see what happens next...and I don't have to wait very long either!I would recommend this book to those of yo
clairesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysabelle is a Comarré, a human who is specially bred for their exquisite blood and then trained in the art of serving vampire nobility. The Comarré are a secret society identified by the gold tattoos that adorn their skin, their blood rights are auctioned off to the highest bidder who then becomes their patron, someone who keeps and looks after them. Comarré are highly desired and are a status symbol amongst the vampire community. One night Chrysabelle¿s patron is found murdered and Chrysabelle is the number one suspect. She flees her patron¿s home along with a magical ring to find safety with her Aunt but ends up in the home of vampire anathema Malkolm. Mal has been cursed twice firstly so that he cannot drink straight from the vein without killing his meal, if he does he will be haunted by their ghost, secondly he hears all the voices in his head of the people he has killed over his long life. Together they must stop the evil Tatiana from bringing down the Covenant and exposing all supernatural creatures.Blood Rights is the first book in a three part Urban Fantasy series by Gothic Urban Fantasy author Kristen Painter. First of all if you read this as an eBook I would recommend going to the end of the book before you start reading as you will find a glossary of all the terms that are used. I only found this when I finished and it would have helped in understanding things better. After reading lots of positive reviews I had high hopes for this book however I was disappointed with it. I thought the story and the world building that Ms Painter created was excellent it was original and exciting however I found the book to be quite slow in places especially the first half of the book. At times I did struggle a little to keep on reading, however the second half of the book the pace picked up and we journey deeper into the otherworld, I especially enjoyed venturing into the club Seven. The book is written in the third person so we get to see events from both Chrysabelle¿s and Mal¿s point of view and I found their differing opinions interesting. However I didn¿t like it when the story turned to Tatiana¿s point of view and I wanted to skip past this pages. I really liked Chrysabelle and Mal and the relationship between them, in particular the whole vampire and Comarré angle. It has intrigued me enough that just for this reason I want to read the second book. Whilst there is sort of a romantic background story taking place with flirting and teasing between Chrysabelle and Mal I would have liked the tension between them to have been amped up a bit and I look forward to seeing how this plays out in book 2. There is a good cast of supporting characters however I didn¿t really warm to Doc who is a were and Fi who is a ghost. Because of the pacing issue I would like to give this book 3 and half stars.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Requested on NetgalleyOverall Rating 4.25Story Rating 4.25Character Rating 4.25NOTE: I am going to preface this by saying the things I LOVED LOVED LOVED about this book I cannot talk about! This will be a spoiler free zone *evil laugh*! However, I totally picture Rufus Sewell as Mal---YUM YUM YUM!What I Loved: ****** and ***** and OMG ******! Seriously though Blood Rights is a great character driven story with great action and emotionally tugging moments. There were quite a few times where I totally went "Did she just do that?" and then "OMG Yes she did!"! I met Kristin Painter and she seems so nice---hehe but no one is safe in her literary work evidently (I am not just talking death but also twists, turns, and tortured spirits)! It was an amazing thrill ride.What I Liked: I thought the pacing and story arching in Blood Rights was pretty spot-on. There was only a little lag about 3/4 of the way into the story but then BAM--it was right back on track!Complaints: NoneWhy I gave it a 4.25: I really enjoyed Blood Rights and since I was a little behind in reading it I picked up Flesh and Blood immediately :)
MrsBoswellBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are very few adult books that I enjoy. Some of the only ones are Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles and most of Lynn Kurland's books. Kristen Painter's Blood Rights is a great start to what could turn out to be another one of my favorite adult series.Chrysabelle is a comarré, a special breed of human with blood so pure, raised to feed the vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, all signs point to her as the prime suspect. Chrysabelle must make a run for it in hopes to save her life, as well as the lives of all the mortal world.The foundation of this story is fantastic. I love the concept of the comarré. Reading about the gold tattoos that cover their bodies and then seeing the cover of this book, it's absolutely gorgeous. The idea of your one sole purpose being to feed vampire nobility, I couldn't imagine it. I understand that it's kind of a win-win situation, they get something special from your blood and you get special otherworldly strength and what-not, but still... wouldn't you want something more out of life? The thing is, Chrysabelle does. She just finds it harder than she imagined to escape that world.Painter created a great cast of characters. Not all are specifically human or vampire. There is such a mixture of breeds in this story that I was utterly intrigued while reading about each different one. As I stated, I enjoyed Chrysabelle. She's mouthy and spunky, definitely not afraid to fight back. Malkolm was such a tortured soul and I ached for him. He suffered such loss and despair, it was kind of heart-wrenching to read about everything he'd been through. I was glad to see Chrysabelle begin pulling him out of that dark pit he'd been in for so long. I utterly despised Tatiana. She disgusted me in every way and I was a bit shocked to find out a few things about her.The world-building is fascinating. I enjoyed the history given of the vampire hierarchy (Anathema, Fringe, Elder, Dominus) and learning more about the comarré/comar. I also liked learning about all of the different types of creatures Painter added to this story.There wasn't any overly raunchy romantic interactions between the characters, which I appreciated. Sometimes I think that that takes away from the overall story. I liked the small amount of romance that took place.Kristen Painter has given us the perfect start to a new series. It is incredibly well written, perfectly paced and immensely engaging. I can not wait to finish the rest of this series and I'm so glad that each of the books are being released so close together. If you're a fan of adult series and vampire lore, I highly recommend you take a shot at this one!