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Book pick: After 466 pages, the end of ‘Blood Born’ worth the wait June 10, 2010

Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
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Dot from New York — our vampire book expert and contributor to this blog — sent this book pick in before she left on a trip to Europe with her family. We’ll have to ask her if she picked up any vamp books in Europe! See Dot’s book summary below on BLOOD BORN, a vamp novel written by two Lindas — Linda Howard and Linda Jones — and released in April:

I am a fan of Linda Howard’s books and have read more than 20 to date.  However even though the author information on Linda Jones says she has written “more than 60 novels” I have not read any of those.  I will try and correct that oversight in the very near future.

Blood Born synopsis from the back of the book cover:

When the human and the vampire worlds collide, there will be hell to pay. Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council—the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them. When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world. All that stands in their way are the conduits, humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit—and a target of the vampire assassin who’s killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust—along with more passionate feelings—is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters—and salvage their own future together.

Blood Born is a first for Howard in the vampire genre (although she is no stranger to paranormal romance).  She brings to this book her fine sense of suspense and even some surprises.  The writing was well coordinated so that it was never obvious where one author left off and another began.  The story did bog down in sections where there was  needless repetition of details.  A good number of the 466 pages could have been eliminated without damaging the well-crafted plot. However the end of the book was worth the read.

The hero and heroine are thrown together rather abruptly so the feeling of romance is not subject to the slow build up that I personally like in my romance novels. Howard has used this device in several of her other books also. The action portrayed is the kind I like to read — suspenseful and fast paced.

The hero and heroine are complimented with terrific side characters who point us in the direction of sequels.  Sorin the second in command of the rogue vampires and his kidnapped witch Nevada, along with the otherworld warrior Inidikaiya leave us wanting more from these characters and they are promised with a one page intro to the Howard/Jones sequel Warrior Rising due out in spring 2011.  I look forward to the next episode.


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