Feb 27, 2012

Book Review: Blood Passage


As the first female vampire successfully turned in 700 years, Lissa finds herself in demand by the Vampire Aristocracy. Forced into an unexpected engagement as a result, Lissa feels trapped and stifled as she continues training with her surrogate sire. When a request comes from the Grand Master of the werewolves, Weldon Harper, Lissa leaps at the opportunity to work as his bodyguard once more.

Wlodek, Head of the Vampire Council, in an effort to solidify vampire/werewolf relations, allows Lissa to provide protection for the Grand Master during his yearly travels across the U.S. The only vampire ever named Pack, Lissa is permitted to work with the Grand Master without supervision from others of her kind.

Things become complicated and then downright deadly as old enemies reemerge. Intent on exacting revenge for a failed coup against the Grand Master, rogue werewolves join with new and perilous allies. Now, Lissa must find a way not only to keep the werewolf race alive, but the vampires as well.

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Amazon tends to give away a lot of books that are the beginnings of series in hopes of hooking the reader.  In the case of the Blood Destiny series, that hook definitely worked.  If I thought that the first book in the series was good then BLOOD PASSAGE is excellent.

Lissa is a character that I found easy to fall in love with.  She is extremely pragmatic about the happenings in her life and for the most past just adapts.  She isn’t happy with the fact that she has to become engaged so that there isn’t a lot of fighting among the male vampires and she chooses the best of the lot which is Gavin even though she doesn’t trust him at all.  She isn’t happy that she has to guard Winkler but she does it.  She makes the best of things and then makes things better with her personality and her cooking.

This particular book was rather tense with all the close calls that Lissa comes up against yet the pacing was spot on.  Ms. Suttle does a great job of balancing the danger with comedic moments.  I was rather impressed.

If I was to mark this book down at all it would be for the fact that it wouldn’t stand on its own very well.  This is a series that one has to read in order to be able to fully appreciate it.  And watch out for those cliff hanger endings.

I rate this book a 4 and it would have been higher if BLOOD PASSAGE  was more capable of being a standalone novel.

**I purchased this book thru Amazon.

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