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review 2017-07-18 06:31
Blood Trail (Victoria Nelson, #2) - Tanya Huff

From the blurb:

 

"For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret—and is systematically massacring this ancient race.

The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers. Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry can’t hunt the killer alone, so he turns to Vicki Nelson for help. As they race against time to stop the murderer, they begin to fear that their combined talents may not be enough to prevent him from completing his deadly plan.
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This is an entertaining, fun, action-packed, mystery-thriller-urban fantasy novel with strong characters and a decent plot.

 

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review 2017-07-13 19:06
Blood Price by Tanya Huff
Blood Price - Tanya Huff

From the blurb:

 

"Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic—along with another, unexpected ally…

Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.
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I picked this up as something lighter to read than a science book.  Blood Price is a humorous an entertaining urban fantasy novel that somehow manages to be different despite the vampires and demons.  The characters are well written with strong personalities and the plot is decent.  It's nice to read an urban fantasy novel that doesn't revolve around sex and love triangles. 

 

Apparently there is a TV series based on this set of books as well.  I might have to track it down.

 

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review 2017-07-11 17:46
“A Peace Divided – Peacekeeper #2” by Tanya Huff
A Peace Divided - Tanya Huff

“A Peace Divided” follows on directly from “An Ancient Peace”, making it the seventh Torin Kerr book. If you haven’t read the others, don’t start here. Give yourself a treat and read “Valor’s Choice” and come back here when you’ve caught up

 

Torin Kerr isn’t a Gunnery Sergeant in the Confederation Marines, fighting a war against the Primacy any more. The war is over. Primacy are no longer the enemy, if they ever really were.

 

Now Torin’s life is much more complicated. She leads a Peace Keeper Strike Force, dealing with violent people churning through civilian space in the wake of an unexpected peace. Torin’s not a soldier anymore. Winning  now involved more than getting in, killing the enemy and getting her people home. Now she has to uphold the law and make sure as few people as possible, on either side, die while she’s doing it.

 

“A Peace Divided”  is full of action. Itopens with a firefight between Torrin’s Peace Keeper Strike Team and a heavily-armed gun-runners and swiftly moves on to a mission to rescue Federation scientists being held hostage by mercenaries. Both situations illustrate the shift in the context of Torin’s violence from fighting a war to keeping the peace.

 

The book moves beyond the action to reflect on its causes as Torrin asks herself why the Strike Force is necessary and what should really be done about the veteran soldiers, damaged in the war and displaced in the peace, who spread violence and whether she and her people are being manipulated.

 

Torin is still the heart of this book and it was good to spend more time in her company but I liked the fact that we saw large parts of the story from the point of view of other, usually alien, characters. We shared the experience of a young human mercenary, caught up in violence he doesn’t approve of but can’t walk away from, an elder race scientist who struggles even to imagine violence, until her colleagues fall victim to it and she has to decide whether to fight or die and a pair of Cray coming to terms with marriage and the vulnerability it brings.

 

I admired Tanya Huff’s skill in presenting the large number of alien species in this book, without confusing me or diluting the identities of the species. I liked her ability to show the species as very different from one another and yet showing that they are still more likely to be bound together by their occupational roles (scientist, soldier) than by their genetics.

 

The “Humans First” organization (who have now lost the annoying apostrophe) are used  not just to demonstrate the power of bigotry and hate but to show that the issues that feed that hatred are real and tosuggest that the people who fund the hate have a darker, more personal agenda.

 

What made “A Peace Divided” compelling was that it kept fusing simple explanations..  The complexity isn’t added just to enrich the puzzle, it’s there because life is like that.

 

The appeal of Torin’s mantra of getting her people home safe  is that it gives her the certainty needed to act decisiviely but she is aware that it filters out the bigger picture. Now she’s having to confront that there is no officer to frame the bigger picture for her and recognises that she will have to form that picture for herself and her people.

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review 2017-06-22 20:45
Blood Price (Vicki Nelson #1) by Tanya Huff
Blood Price - Tanya Huff

 

 

AuthorTanya Huff

Title: Blood Price

SeriesVicki Nelson

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Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic—along with another, unexpected ally…

Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so I need to clarify a little bit something I discovered which is the fact that the original books and the tv tie in books are just a teensy bit different.

The changes aren't drastic but they are noticeable to those who have read the original prints. I didn't know there was a difference when I got my copy of Blood Price but once I discovered the tv series I was curious and found out about the different books.

Both I want to say after reading the different editions are great books both for their own reasons but if you prefer the tv series the tv tie ins will probably appeal to you more with the minor changes they included to follow more closely to what viewers saw in the show and those who didn't care for the show or watch it will probably favor the original book.

Blood Price original is much slower to gain momentum when it comes to plot and character relation between Vicki and Henry which is supposed to be a main focus since they mostly drive what's taking place in tv tie in but its not that way in the original.

It becomes more complex in the original but its more passionate as far as attraction in the tv tie in. For me personally I liked both versions and I thought they all had their own merits but if you want to be more focused on the plot I'd go with the original version but if you're more interested in the character development then I'd suggest the tv tie in.

I read Blood Price after receiving a recommendation from Chris' Fish Place.

 

 

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

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url 2017-06-07 13:05
90+ new releases in book series this week
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland
Only Skein Deep - Maggie Sefton
Moonbreaker - Simon R. Green
Indecent Exposure - Stuart Woods
An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities) - KJ Charles
A Scandal in Battersea - Mercedes Lackey
A Peace Divided - Tanya Huff
Inked Expressions - Carrie Ann Ryan
The Kill Society - Richard Kadrey
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See the fictfact new release calendar at https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

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