Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Bad Blood (House of Comarre #3) by Kristen Painter

December 1, 2011 | Orbit
House of Comarre, Book 3 
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Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...
Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarr are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.
The clock is ticking . . .

Fantastic third installment in the House of Comarre series. Painter has created a dark and captivating world filled with a variety of supernatural characters that has me hooked. 

Chrysabelle is a comarre, bred to serve the needs of vampire nobility. Decorated in golden tattoos known as signum, her skin casts a faint glow and provides an enticing scent that vampires find irresistible.

Malkolm is a cursed anathema, a noble vampire who was cast out of noble society. As one of the side effects of his curse, he’s constantly plagued by voices that mock him, tease him, berate him, and are always eager for violence. It’s oddly fascinating.

He’d do anything, anything at all to break free of the hellish weight pressing him into darkness. Even kill your pretty little blood whore? His jaw tightened, his anger at the voices almost unbearable.

Both characters are equally complex and intriguing. Witnessing their growth and development has been entertaining, to say the least. What I found most interesting about their development in this third installment is that they seem to be exchanging roles. While Malkolm is starting to show more of his softer, more vulnerable side, Chrysabelle seems to have hardened emotionally and she’s more aggressive than she was before.

“You should be thanking me, Loudreux.”
He arched a thready brow. “You’re right. You did an excellent job resolving my problem.”
It would have been really nice to have fangs to bare at him. “No, you half-wit. For letting you live.”

As expected, there are multiple story lines from different character’s points-of-view. Doc, Creek, and Tatiana all make frequent appearances. There are several twists and turns to the story, but what I’m most interested in is the situation that resulted from what was stolen from Preacher (don’t want to be too spoiler-y) and the changes with Chrysabelle and the Ring of Sorrows. I can’t imagine how these events will change things in Out for Blood and I’m excited to see how it all plays out.

There are a few reasons why Bad Blood isn't receiving a full 5 star rating from me, most of them minor. What I disliked most about the story was the moments that we have to spend with the Mayor, Lola. I didn't enjoy any aspects of her story line or anything about her character and the way that she handled things. I was disappointed each time I had to read from her point-of-view.

Overall, House of Comarre is an outstanding series that I highly recommend to any fans of urban fantasy, tortured anti-heroes, and strong heroines. 

Out for Blood is scheduled to release October 30, 2012. 


Braine Talk Supe said...

Thanks for reviewing this, I have always been attracteded to the series because of the gorgeous covers but I'm not sure if it's any good.

Addicted2Heroines said...

You should definitely try it. Would love to know what you think if you do.

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