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Ties of Blood by Joleene Naylor
Ah, yes... book 3 in the Amaranthine Series.
Does it feel like we have been here before? Ties of Blood marks the sixth book I have reviewed by Joleene Naylor-if you include Strange Portals-which features two of her short stories and was edited by her. Joleene, what can I say? You just keep me coming back for more :-)
So, I was wondering how I was going to tackle this review, given that it is number 3 in the series. I think that it is pretty much impossible not to at least give out spoilers from the first two novels. For those of you reading this that have not read Shades of Gray, or Legacy of Ghosts, I highly recommend taking a look at my reviews of those two books.
Okay, now that you are up to speed, book 3 picks up where Legacy of Ghosts leaves off. Katelina and Jorick have survived the ordeal with Kateesha's coven and now have to face the repercussions of Katelina's actions. They are summoned to the Citadel to face Malick. There are some tense moments here when our heroes are unsure what their futures hold-or if they have futures...
For me, Ties of Blood keeps the thrill ride rolling. I always feel for Katelina as she gets more and more enmeshed in this undead world. Book 3 also sees the delightful addition of Verchiel, a red-headed asian vampire with clown eyebrows? Yes, he is very interesting and gives some comic relief to the brooding performance of Oren and the often angry and abrupt Jorick. What new vampire characters will Katelina encounter in book 4?
Guess we will find out when I get around to reading Ashes of Deceit.
Oh! And be sure to cast the parts of the characters in the Amaranthine Series over on Book Caster.