Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter

November 10, 2011 Reviews 0

Kristen Painter is a former college English teacher who has previously written poetry, short stories and paranormal romances. She is now working on a five book urban fantasy series called House of Comarré, which features vampires and Comarré, the humans genetically engineered to feed them, shape shifters and a host of other Fae creatures. The books in the series are: Blood Rights (October 2011), Flesh and Blood (November 2011), Bad Blood (December 2011), Out for Blood (August 2012) and Last Blood (February 2013).

With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm’s problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.

The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle — especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.

An interesting and action packed book, Flesh and Blood is a good follow up to Blood Rights. The story is engaging and I liked the growth of the main character, Chrysabelle. I also enjoyed seeing her and Malkolm deal with the effects of the breaking of the covenant. There are also mysterious forces killing off fringe vampires, and Tatiana is out for revenge since losing the Ring of Sorrows. The stakes (ha!) are higher in this book and the sense of danger was clear on every page.

I think the introduction of the Kubai Mata (vampire hunters) is only there to allow for a new male love interest for Chrysabelle. I found this very annoying because I don’t believe the man in question actually added anything to the story – he was just there to cause tension in Chrysabelle and Malkolm’s already unstable relationship. While it is valid to explore Chrysabelle’s choice between a living, breathing human with supernatural powers, and a vampire, it reminded me too much of Twilight. Like the last book, the plot in this book seems very formulaic – in this case, adding a love triangle simply because most other YA trilogies have them too. 

The growth of the minor characters in the book is illuminating as their pasts were finally revealed. We find out how Maddoc was turned into a shape-shifter and his subsequent connection to Dominic. As usual, Tatiana is wonderfully ruthless and a wonderful villain, it is hard not to admire her tenacity. The characters have developed significantly since the first book, and with three more to go, I expect that a lot of depth will be added to them throughout the series.

Another impressive Gothic urban fantasy by Kristen Painter, Flesh and Blood will be enjoyed by those who like paranormal fantasy and vampire stories. It’s a light read, and I look forward to reading about Chrysabelle and Malkolm’s adventures in the next three books.

About the book:

  • Pub. Date: 01 November 2011
  • Publisher: Orbit Books
  • Format: Paperback, 432 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9780316084765 ISBN 10: 031608476X
  • Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult
  • My review of Blood Rights (#1 in the House of Comarré series)

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