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).
About the book:
- Pub. Date: 01 October 2011
- Publisher: Orbit Books
- Format: Paperback, 418 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316084772 ISBN 10: 0316084778
- Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult
- My review of Flesh and Blood (#2 in the House of Comarré series)
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré — a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world … and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
This is an entertaining novel with a new twist on vampire lore. Although the major plot developments were predictable, the story is well executed. Some of the laws in the vampire word were not clearly explained, but I found the glossary at the back of the book to be helpful in this regard. However, there were too many far fetched revelations at the end of the book, which were probably added to set up the story in the sequels.
Chrysabelle is refreshing as a kick ass female protagonist who is trained in battle and can hold her own against the monsters of the night. She is smart and witty, and I enjoyed her narration of the story because of her honest opinions. Her inexperience in romantic matters is endearing, especially when she misinterprets the reactions she provokes from those around her. On the other hand, Malkolm is wonderfully realised as a tortured vampire with a unique curse that not only kills every being he drinks from and returns their ghost to haunt him. His human past and memories make him very different from most vampires in literature and easy to sympathise with.
This debut urban fantasy novel by Kristen Painter is very good, and those who enjoy paranormal or urban fantasy will enjoy it immensely. If the rest of the series is as exciting and unique as this book, then I look forward to reading it!