Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: Blood Born

Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 358 (eReader)

Back 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.

My Rating:
My Review:
The vampires are tired of living in secret; tired of hiding in the shadows so a few vampires plan a rebellion where they can put the world in its right of order.  Vampires ruling the world as the masters of the humans.  However there are ancient warriors who live in a different world unless they are needed to help the humans.  They fought alongside humans in every major battle on earth though the humans were unaware.  The warriors are the only people who can protect the humans from the vampires but they can only enter this world if invited by conduits, special human descendants of the warriors.  The vampires begin targeting the conduits one by one.  Luca is one of the few blood born vampires (both of his parents were vampires) and is very old and thus have powers that many do not.  Cloe is a conduit, but of course does not know.  An attempt on Cloe's life fails and it brings her into the world of Luca and the vampires.

This is a good storyline with much potential.  I love Linda Howard and really settled in for a good read, but this one was just okay.  It was interesting but I just didn't care about much of anything.  The story was told from many point of views and I enjoyed Cloe's the most.  Surprisingly, there weren't as many parts about her as one would expect.  I connected to Cloe and her plight but surprisingly found it difficult to connect with Luca.  There was often too much information thrown at the reader at once.  Was it up to Linda Howard's typical standards?  No, I don't think so.  Will I read the next one (it's a series)?  You 'betcha.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  Have you read Linda Howard or Linda Jones?  What do you think about either?  I've read Linda Howard., She is one of my favorites.  I have not read Linda Jones.  What can you tell me about her and her writing?
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